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Impunity for UN Peacekeepers Who Rape Women in Haiti

In talking to women around Haiti, Al Jazeera Fault Lines found only one in twelve women who reported being raped by a United Nations peacekeeper. The one woman who filed the report never heard back Neither did BAI’s Mario Joseph, who sent legal notices to the UN last summer regarding paternity claims. Women in Haiti feel that the decades of UN impunity show there is no point in reporting this abuse because they will not get justice. Mario is trying to change that, though child support from UN peacekeepers is a rare occurrence. Al Jazeera English will air this story at 2230 GMT / 2330 WAT on 22 March 2017 and repeat it on 25 March 2017 at 1630 GMT / 1730 WAT / 1830 CAT / 1930 EAT. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. […]

Haiti in a Time of Cholera Wins Emmy

September 30th, “Haiti in a Time of Cholera” won an Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism. This is a unique opportunity to draw attention to the still-ongoing cholera epidemic in Haiti and the United Nations’ lack of accountability for the epidemic its peacekeepers caused. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti Cholera Documentary Wins Emmy The Haitian Times October 3, 2014 A documentary about the Haiti cholera epidemic won an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism in a News Magazine on Sept.30. Fault Lines: Haiti in a Time of Cholera, which was produced by Al Jazeera media network, looked at the United Nations’ (UN) refusal to comply with its own legal obligations in the face of overwhelming evidence that it introduced cholera to the small island country. “This Emmy leaves the UN nowhere to hide from justice,” Mario Joseph, managing […]

The Continuing Cholera Epidemic in Haiti

Although Haiti’s cholera incidence rate is down 77% from last year, the approaching rainy season poses the risk of a spike in cholera cases. This comes as the number of cholera treatment facilities has greatly declined and both the United Nations’ and the Haitian government’s cholera elimination plans remain vastly underfunded. The UN still hasn’t taken responsibility for the epidemic and there are now 3 class action lawsuits against the UN for cholera. The Cost of Cholera in Haiti Nikhil Swaminathan, Al Jazeera May 16, 2014 The outbreak of cholera in Haiti has so far claimed more than 8,500 lives and sickened more than 700,000 people since October 2010. Epidemiologists identified the Haitian strain of the illness, which causes severe diarrhea and can result in death from dehydration, as one that originated in Nepal, a country where cholera is endemic […]

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