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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 […]

Activists Force UN to Apologize for Cholera

Activists in Haiti and Boston won a victory when outgoing United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issued an apology. In Boston, Charlot Lucien and others collected signatures to deliver to the UN, and others demonstrated at UN headquarters. Executive Director Brian Concannon said BAI’s office in Haiti applauded Ki-moon’s apology, “the sincerity was enough to trump the fact that [the apology] was limited.” Concannon and Haitian activists will continue to keep the UN accountable for its new water and sanitation initiative, which “needs to be fully funded and well executed.” The Boston Globe staff writer Adrian Walker advocates compensation for Haitian victims’ families. Read the original article HERE. Cholera activists force an apology the UN didn’t want to issue by Adrian Walker, Boston Globe December 5th, 2016 Charlot Lucien has been trying to get the United Nations to apologize for years. Like […]

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 […]

UN SG “profoundly sorry” for role in Haiti cholera outbreak

In Secretary General’s address on December 1, 2016, Ban Ki-moon stated that “[the UN] simply did not do enough with regard to the cholera outbreak and its spread in Haiti. We are profoundly sorry for our role.” This apology and announcement of the UN’s proposal to treat, and eventually eliminate cholera in Haiti comes as a victory and major first step for many affected by cholera, and fighting for justice. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. UN “Profoundly Sorry” for Haiti Cholera Outbreak Tharanga Yakupitiyage, Inter Press Service December 2, 2016    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 2 2016 (IPS) – For the first time, the United Nations issued a formal apology for their role in the cholera outbreak in Haiti and announced new steps to alleviate the ongoing health crisis. Speaking to the members of […]

UN apology, its history of stonewalling, and the new cholera plan

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. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. 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 […]

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