Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

The United Nations must make amends for triggering the cholera epidemic in Haiti: editorial

Editorial Board, August 21, 2013 The epidemic killed 8,000 people and infected more than 600,000 after Haiti’s deadly earthquake in 2010, according to the Yale University researchers. Yet the United Nations has ignored mounting evidence that its Nepalese peacekeepers started the still-raging cholera outbreak. The world body continues to turn a blind eye to its legal and moral responsibility by maintaining that, in any case, it’s immune from victims’ claims. When you’re wrong,  you’re supposed to apologize and make amends. That golden rule applies to the United Nations, too. New research seems to confirm earlier suspicions that it was U.N. peacekeepers who triggered a massive cholera epidemic in Haiti. It ought to own up to its mistakes in poor, devastated Haiti and take steps to ensure that it doesn’t put other vulnerable countries at risk. At the very least, […]

Editorial: Haiti’s Imported Cholera

Published By The Plain Dealer Editorial Board, Shockingly, infected U.N. peacekeepers from Nepal likely brought on the world’s largest cholera epidemic, in Haiti. Tests show the two disease strains are virtually identical. Researchers say cholera-infected sewage from the Nepalese camp seeped into waterways that poor Haitians use for drinking and bathing. That makes the failure of the United Nations and nongovernmental groups to ramp up treatment quickly all the more disturbing. It’s incumbent on the United Nations to accept its share of responsibility for this debacle and dedicate itself to an all-out effort in Haiti to stop the spread of this highly treatable, infectious, water-borne disease. The United Nations should also help compensate victims — more than 7,050 Haitians have died and more than 531,000 have been sickened — and build effective latrines for peacekeepers and civilians alike. Haitians who survived a […]

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