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Ban Ki-Moon’s Controversial Trip to Haiti

BBC News has also picked up the story of Ban Ki-moon’s visit to Haiti. Mario Joseph, Managing Attorney of BAI, has called it an insult for the Secretary General to visit Haiti for a photo op while the UN continues to dodge responsibility for the cholera epidemic. Ban Ki-moon: UN to help Haiti fight cholera epidemic BBC July 15, 2014 UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says he will try to raise $2.2bn (£1.3bn) in aid money to fight the spread of cholera in Haiti. Mr Ban, who is visiting Haiti, said it was the “moral duty” of the UN to help tackle the disease. More than 8,500 people have died in the cholera epidemic which has swept through the country since 2010. Evidence suggests UN peacekeepers introduced cholera to Haiti, but it has so far rejected compensation claims. ‘Anger and […]

Top Ten Reasons to Install Clean Water in Haiti

In an interview with NPR, Jonathan Katz noted that lack of proper sanitation and water access contributes to the persistence of cholera in Haiti. In celebration of World Water Day, the team at IJDH has put together an additional ten reasons to focus on clean water initiatives in Haiti. 1. Eliminate cholera that the United Nations brought to Haiti and put an end to the epidemic sickening and killing people (Reference: NPR) 2. Save 4000+ lives every year from waterborne disease related deaths (Reference: Human Rights Watch) 3. Revolutionize access to basic human rights and dignity (Reference: Special Rapporteur submission) 4. Yield a fivefold return on investment through improving health, education, and creating jobs in establishing an adequate sanitation system. Consequently, inadequate infrastructure can sap as much as 7% of G.D.P. per year. (Reference: Jonathan Katz, New Yorker) 5. When asked if compensating victims and […]

Haiti cholera epidemic caused by UN, say experts

By Mark Doyle, BBC July 25, 2013 A group of international scientists studying a deadly cholera epidemic in Haiti has concluded that peacekeepers from the United Nations were the most likely source of the disease. The epidemic, which began in late 2010, has so far claimed over 8,000 lives. The UN formally rejected compensation claims in February. This conclusion could have a major impact on a forthcoming multi-billion dollar compensation claim now being mounted by victims in a US court. The cholera epidemic in Haiti has put the United Nations in an unprecedented legal and moral crisis. Ever since the outbreak began, all the circumstantial evidence has pointed to the source of the disease being a military camp for UN peacekeepers from Nepal, where cholera is common. Sewage from the UN camp leaked into a nearby river and was dumped […]

UN anti-cholera plan in Haiti ‘failing’

Mark Doyle, BBC May 29, 2013 UN efforts to tackle cholera in Haiti are “almost non-existent”, a charity says, as the world body faces court action for inadvertently starting a cholera epidemic in the country. Late last year, the UN launched a $2.2bn-appeal (£1.5bn) to improve water supplies in Haiti. But Medecins Sans Frontieres says this has had almost no practical effect. The UN is accused of negligently allowing peacekeeping soldiers to pollute Haiti’s water with cholera. The epidemic, which is spread by infected sewage, has killed more than 8,000 people since late 2010. ‘Alarming’ situation “There have been grand plans – a 10-year $2.2bn project,” Duncan McClean, a senior manager for MSF, told the BBC. But the UN plan had not been implemented, he added. “I travel regularly to Haiti; the impact on the ground today is almost non-existent.” […]

Haiti Cholera Victims Threaten to Sue the UN

BBC May 8, 2013 Victims of Haiti’s cholera epidemic have given the United Nations a 60-day deadline to start talks about billions of dollars worth of compensation or face legal action. The UN is accused of negligently allowing peacekeeping soldiers to pollute Haiti’s water with cholera. A UN cholera expert agrees that this is “most likely” to be true. The UN rejected an earlier call for compensation and continues to insist it is immune from legal proceedings. The cholera epidemic began in Haiti in 2010 near a camp for UN soldiers, where there were leaking sewage pipes. Some human waste was also dumped near a river outside the camp. The camp housed UN soldiers from Nepal, where cholera is endemic. The UN’s own cholera expert, Danielle Lantagne, has said that Haiti’s outbreak is likely to have come from UN soldiers. […]

BBC Have Your Say Reports On Cholera

BBC Broadcast On Cholera  The Cholera reporting begins at minute 15:00.  BBC’s Have Your Say reports on the United Nation’s cholera statement made yesterday, February 21. IJDH’s Bea Lindstrom speaks to the BBC on the issue.  

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