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In Letter to Secretary General, Congresswoman Waters Urges Improvement in UN Response to Cholera in Haiti

In a letter to Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, Congresswoman Maxine Waters urges an improvement in the UN response to Haiti’s cholera epidemic. On the third anniversary of the Secretary-General’s response to the letter published by Waters and 19 other representatives, the Congresswoman stressed the need for justice in conjunction with the maintenance of UN credibility. Stating the recent Doctors Without Borders study that indicates a three to ten times higher death rate than the previous estimate, she made clear the need for a more involved UN response to cholera.

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Congresswoman Waters Urges United Nations to Ensure Effective Response to Cholera in Haiti

Sentinel News Service, Los Angeles Sentinel

July 7, 2016

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee and a strong advocate for the Haitian people in the U.S. Congress, sent a letter yesterday to the Honorable Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, urging him to ensure that the UN’s response to the cholera epidemic in Haiti is sufficient to ensure justice for the people of Haiti and maintain the credibility and leadership of the UN. The Congresswoman sent the letter on the three-year anniversary of a response she received from the Secretary-General to a previous letter she had sent him with 18 of her colleagues regarding the epidemic, which began in October of 2010. The text of yesterday’s letter follows:

I am writing, as a friend of the people of Haiti and of the United Nations, on the anniversary of your response to the May 30, 2013, letter that I and 18 of my colleagues in the House of Representatives sent you regarding the UN response to the cholera epidemic that UN peacekeepers introduced into Haiti in 2010.

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