Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Haiti’s Cholera Victims Still Need the UN to Face Justice

In October 2010, United Nations peacekeepers brought cholera to Haiti. The disease, unknown to the country before then, has killed about 9000 people and infected over 762,000. On the fifth anniversary of this epidemic, IJDH and a few other groups launched the Face Justice campaign to tell victims’ stories and show the UN that they are more than just statistics. This article is a reflection on that campaign through the story of one of those victims, who lost a child to cholera while fighting the illness herself.

Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text.

A Forgotten Epidemic

Katharine Oswald, Thirdway

February 27, 2016


Haiti is home to the world’s worst cholera epidemic today. The outbreak was instigated in 2010, unknowingly, by United Nations (U.N.) peacekeepers. Five years later, Haitians are still waiting for an adequate response to this disaster.

I sat beneath an almond tree in Poirée, a rice-planting village on the outskirts of St. Marc, in northwestern Haiti. Though 40 townspeople formed a tight circle around my makeshift interview station, my attention was focused on the slight woman seated across from me.

“Did you contract cholera?” I asked her.


“Did anyone else in your family contract it?”


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