Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

HATIAN CHOLERA VICTIMS TO U.N.: PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH (IndyStar.com)

Fran Quigley, IndyStar.com December 11, 2011 RIVYE KANO, HAITI. Gathered silently in the shade of a mango tree here, dozens of people patiently wait their turn to tell us about the horror that descended on their community a year ago. Shortly after drinking from the local water source, entire families started to get violently ill with diarrhea and vomiting. It was an outbreak of cholera, the vicious waterborne disease that can kill within hours. Fathers and mothers and children were rushed over the rutted mountain roads to the local hospital, but many did not reach care in time. Saint Claire Vincent’s mother’s body was taken from the hospital in a bag to be thrown into a pit with other kolera victims. Maudena Zalys and her brother survived, but her father did not.  “I can’t explain the feeling I got when they announced […]

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