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Critique and analysis of UN’s “moral responsibility” rhetoric

IJDH’s Nancy Young discusses and critiques the UN’s strategic rhetoric on how it is to tackle the cholera epidemic in Haiti. Young argues that the UN’s discussion of the need to end cholera not only comes six years too late, but that it fails to demonstrate any understanding of it’s direct culpability in the 2010 outbreak.

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The Immoral “Moral Responsibility” of Ban Ki-moon and the UN

Nancy Young,

October 16, 2016

Protesters at a demonstration in Port-au-Prince in March 2016 demand the United Nations take responsibility for the massive cholera epidemic it started in October 2010. (Photo from original article)


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spent 4 1/2 hours in Haiti on October 15 and surveyed the damage from Hurricane Matthew — including the spike in the cholera misery caused by the organization he leads.

He feels really, really bad. No, really.

That’s what he’s got for the Haitian people. Really.

In 2014, Ban came to Haiti to say how bad he felt about cholera and that things were going to be different now because the UN understood its “moral responsibility.”…

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