Since United Nations peacekeepers brought cholera to Haiti in 2010, the UN has neither acknowledged its culpability nor apologized. On Thursday, December 1 though, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized to the Haitian people in a briefing that was also broadcast live. After that, Ban outlined the new $400 million plan to eradicate cholera from Haiti.
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At Last! UN General Secretary apologies to Haiti for Cholera epidemic
December 2, 2016
Since a cholera epidemic broke out in Haiti shortly after the devastating 2010 earthquake, Haitians have pointed their fingers at United Nation peacekeepers originating from Nepal as the source of the epidemic. Persistently, Haitian officials have called on the UN to acknowledge that the peacekeepers were the source of the disease, apologize for this unfortunate situation, and make financial restitution to the country to enable it to effectively fight the disease. However, the UN through its chief UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon neither apologized or acknowledged for, or that, the UN peacekeepers were responsible for causing the cholera outbreak that has been responsible for the death of over 9,000 Haitians.
However, on Thursday, Ban who will soon be demitting his 10-year tenure as UN chief, finally apologized in a live broadcast to Haitians from his offices in the UN. In the broadcast Ban said, “On behalf of the United Nations, I want to say very clearly: We apologize to the Haitian people …..We are profoundly sorry for our role.” He also acknowledged the UN had not done enough regarding the cholera outbreak and its spread in Haiti.
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