The United Nations’ “position looks increasingly shaky with the emergence of its own internal review exposing dire sanitation conditions at its camps.” A leaked report shows that a month after the cholera epidemic erupted in Haiti, the UN received a damning review of its sanitation practices in Haiti. Despite this added evidence of the UN origin of the epidemic, UN officials continued to deny responsibility and remain unaccountable to this day, hiding behind immunity in courts. According to the leaked report, just $3.15 million would have solved most of the sanitation problems noted in November 2010. Now that cholera is likely endemic in Haiti, eradication is estimated to cost more than $2 billion.
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Leaked UN report on Haiti’s cholera outbreak slams sanitation at its bases
April 7, 2016
NEW YORK, United States, Thursday April 7, 2016 – A leaked report has revealed that the United Nations found serious sanitation flaws in its Haiti peacekeeping mission just a month after the deadly cholera outbreak erupted, killing thousands in the impoverished Caribbean country.
The report, which was commissioned in November 2010, found a series of shocking problems at several UN peacekeeping bases, including sewage being dumped out in the open and a disturbing lack of bathroom facilities.
The authors of the review, which was titled the Minustah Environmental Health Assessment Report, warned UN leadership that failure to dispose of sewage safely at a time when the cholera epidemic was raging “will potentially damage the reputation of the mission.”
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