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Update on Cholera, Hurricane Matthew and Elections from Brian Concannon

This comprehensive interview with IJDH Executive Director Brian Concannon covers cholera, Hurricane Matthew and elections in Haiti. Last week, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon finally apologized for the cholera epidemic. Concannon calls this “a very good step in the right direction.” Next, the UN has to make sure that funders really do step up and make the cholera plan happen. Haiti is also still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. The government is doing more than it did after the 2010 earthquake and the UN put out a Flash Appeal for funding but not enough has come in. After two months, there’s a major risk of famine and people are still in tents. Though a new president for Haiti has finally been named, many issues remain and the results are being contested by other candidates, and people protesting in […]

UNSG Ban Ki-moon’s editorial in the Miami Herald

In the editorial below, the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, addresses the readers in a similar fashion as in his apology on December 1, 2016. He explains the purpose and possible structure of the UN’s two track initiative in Haiti, and expresses his remorse over the UN’s role in the epidemic. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Righting a wrong in Haiti Ban Ki-moon, Miami Herald December 5, 2016   Last week, I addressed the U.N. General Assembly to outline a new approach to tackle cholera in Haiti — a disease that has afflicted nearly 800,000 people and claimed the lives of more than 9,000 Haitians over the last six years. This tragedy has cast a shadow upon the relationship between the U.N. and the people of Haiti. It is a blemish on the […]

Looking at UN responsibility to repair the damage caused by cholera

This editorial discusses the necessary measures the UN must take to once and for all eradicate the disease it introduced into Haiti in 2010. Looking to 2017, António Guterres, the incoming UN Secretary General as of January 1, will have to take immediate and decisive action to build on the momentum now generated from current UNSG, Ban Ki-moon’s apology. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Make Haiti whole: The UN’s responsibility to repair the damage it unleashed when it imported cholera to the impoverished country NY Daily News December 5, 2016   The United Nations is finally coming to terms with its moral responsibility for suffering and death it imported to Haiti. Up next, and urgently: a practical reckoning to undo the damage done. Six years ago, as the impoverished nation struggled to rebuild […]

Representative Clarke Welcomes UN Apology for Haiti Cholera

Caribbean-American congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY), has issued a statement accepting and celebrating Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s apology to the Haitian people for the cholera epidemic that has plagued Haiti since 2010.  She now calls on the UN to fulfill their responsibility to the Haitian people. Part of the article is below.  Click HERE for the full text. Congresswoman hails UN apology for cholera epidemic in Haiti Jamaica Observer December 3, 2016 NEW YORK, United States (CMC) — Caribbean American congresswoman Yvette D Clarke has welcomed the United Nations apology to the Haitian people over the cholera outbreak in the French-speaking Caribbean country. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issued the apology earlier this week for the cholera epidemic that has killed more than 10,000 people in Haiti. “Although the secretary general refused to explicitly admit fault for introducing cholera to […]

A Long-Awaited UN Apology to Haiti for Cholera

In a speech last Thursday, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issued a long-overdue apology to the Haitian people for the cholera epidemic that has plagued the country following the 2010 earthquake.  While the apology is a success, it stops short of acknowledging that UN peacekeepers started the epidemic, and much is yet to be done in regards to eradicating the disease. UN apologizes for Haiti cholera spread in plan to eradicate disease Emanuella Grinberg and Richard Roth, CNN December 2, 2016 (CNN) The United Nations did not do enough to prevent the spread of cholera epidemic in Haiti that killed at least 10,000 people after the 2010 earthquake, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday, in what critics saw as an overdue apology. The UN has long denied claims that Nepalese peacekeepers brought cholera to the island nine months after the devastating earthquake, the first known […]

UNSG apologizes but fails to acknowledge UN culpability in cholera outbreak

While there has been much celebration after the UN Secretary General’s address to the UNGA apologizing for the UN’s role in the Haiti cholera outbreak, several prominent voices in the fight for a cholera-free Haiti have expressed concern and disapproval of Ban Ki-moon’s failure to acknowledge the UN’s culpability in the outbreak. IJDH’s Beatrice Lindstrom is quoted saying, “The secretary-general’s avoidance of fully admitting responsibility will undermine the U.N.’s ability to fund-raise for this plan. Without money to put into this plan, it won’t be anything more than just words on paper.” Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. U.N. Chief Apologizes But Does Not Admit Soldiers Brought Cholera To Haiti Richard Knox, WBUR December 2, 2106   Six years after the deadly cholera epidemic in Haiti began, outgoing United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized this week for […]

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