Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

UN Must Pay Its Debt to Haiti’s Cholera Victims

This Letter to the Editor says that the United Nations must now apologize to Haiti’s cholera victims, provide them with compensation, and invest in cholera eradication. Experts should be involved to make sure that the victims’ needs are finally met.

UN-believable irresponsibility

Nancy Morisseau, NY Daily News

August 26, 2016

Brooklyn: Your editorial “The UN in a time of cholera” (Aug. 23) noted the internal report concluding the United Nations “created the epidemic and went out of its way to dodge responsibility” — and the “enormous debt” the UN owes to Haiti’s at least 10,000 dead and 800,000 infected cholera victims. The UN must now publicly apologize, put victims front and center, fully compensate them, and invest the money needed to eradicate the disease it ignored for six years. Time is of the essence as the epidemic continues to kill thousands. And independent, Haiti-experienced health experts as well as victims’ representatives must have seats at the table to make sure Haitian lives, so callously ignored by the UN for six long years, now come first.  Nancy Morisseau, Board of Directors, Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York (2013-15)


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