Russell examines Ban Ki-moon’s apology to the victims of the Haiti cholera outbreak, the UN’s history with the epidemic leading up to the apology, and what this speech could mean going forward for the organization and the victims.
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UN apologizes for Haiti’s cholera epidemic without noting it brought the disease
George Russell, Fox News
December 2, 2016
United Nations Secretary Ban Ki-moon has ended—sort of– six years of UN stonewalling over Haiti’s mammoth cholera epidemic with a weak apology that the world organization “simply did not do enough” about the epidemic, without mentioning that UN peacekeepers brought the deadly disease to the hemisphere’s poorest country in the first place.
Ban’s statement Thursday to the UN General Assembly declared that “we are profoundly sorry for our role,” without going into the specifics of what that role actually was.
It was nonetheless touted by other UN officials as “an important day for the UN,” that also is supposed to mark the start of a new approach to the cholera catastrophe that would include “material assistance and support for those Haitians most directly affected by cholera”—as soon as U.N. member states come up with the money for it…
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