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New York Times front page on UN-cholera

UN-Cholera made the front page of the New York Times after Hurricane Matthew, with heart-breaking photography. “When you look around you, it’s like the end of the world,” said Joseph Kenso, 33. The article relates the emotional toll on victims and their families, in addition to medical staff. Families risk it all to remain with victims in the clinic of the remote town of Rendel, four-hours away from a paved road. The people abandoned the town, and the victims of cholera remained often-times dispossessed. Cholera Deepens Haiti’s Misery After Hurricane by Azam Ahmed, photographs by Meridith Kohut, New York Times October 15th, 2016 RENDEL, Haiti — There is a plague on this town. Even before the winds and rain toppled nearly everything standing, cholera was already here. It came down from the mountains, washing into the lives of the thousands […]

UN Peacekeeper Babies Spark Outrage

There have been many cases of UN Peacekeepers fathering children with Haitian women during their time stationed in the country. However, when they leave, they do not provide any type of child support, making the women responsible for raising the child alone. Recent charges have been brought up against 2 Quebec police officers who face charges of sexual misconduct for their actions in Haiti. To evade disciplinary hearings, the two officers retired days before the hearings were supposed to start. BAI lawyer Mario Joseph is representing 9 Haitian women who had children with peacekeepers . He says that countries need to have a legal framework to ensure that peacekeepers face justice for their actions. Click HERE for the full article. — Top Haitian human rights lawyer slams UN over sexual misconduct allegations Benjamin Shingler, CBC News  August 12th, 2016 The case of […]

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