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Sen. Markey statement on UN apology for cholera epidemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Giselle Barry (Markey) 202-224-2742   Senator Markey Statement on UN Apology to the Haitian People for Deadly Cholera Epidemic In remarks today, Sec-Gen Ban Ki-moon said the UN is “profoundly sorry” for its role in the Haitian cholera outbreak Washington (December 1, 2016) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, released the following statement today after United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a formal apology to the people of Haiti for the UN’s role in the country’s cholera epidemic, which has been attributed to improper wastewater disposal practices by UN Peacekeepers sent to Haiti following the devastating earthquake of 2010.  Since that time nearly 800,000 cholera cases and almost 10,000 deaths have been reported in Haiti. As part of the apology, the UN also […]

Sen. Markey: UN Response to Matthew in Haiti “Grossly Inadequate”

Senator Markey (D-MA) makes a statement regarding UN aid to Haiti following Hurricane Matthew.  He states that the UN’s actions thus far are “grossly inadequate” and calls for increased leadership by the UN in response to the destruction of Hurricane Matthew. PRESS RELEASE: Senator Markey Criticizes United Nations Response to Hurricane Matthew in Haiti Senator Ed Markey October 18, 2016 Washington (October 18, 2016) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, today called the United Nations (UN) effort to remedy the humanitarian crisis in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew grossly inadequate. Approximately 546 people have been killed as a result of the deadly storm, 438 injured, and 128 are missing. At least 2.1 million people in Haiti have been affected by Hurricane Matthew’s damage, with more than 1.4 million in […]

Senator Markey Discusses Cholera Epidemic in Haiti & Donald Trump’s Candidacy Andrea Mitchell, MSNBC October 13, 2016 Senator Markey, having just returned from a trip to Haiti to assist in humanitarian aid following Hurricane Matthew, speaks about the cholera epidemic and the obligation of the international community to help Haiti in its time of need.  He calls for a course of action from the UN, both short term to immediately assist those in need of medical care, clean water, food, and shelter, and long term to help rebuild the Haitian healthcare system, water system, and public health.  The western world has a moral responsibility to fix the cholera epidemic it has created. Click HERE for the original video.

Sen. Ed Markey Visits Haiti to Deliver Humanitarian Relief

U.S. Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) visited Haiti earlier this week to assess the current situation following the devastation of Hurricane Matthew and help provide aid to the Haitian people.  He also has written to Samantha Power, the US Ambassador to the UN, asking for accountability and assistance in the cholera outbreak. Senator Markey Visits Haiti to Assess Humanitarian Response After Hurricane Matthew Senator Ed Markey October 12, 2016 Washington (October 12, 2016) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy of the Foreign Relations Committee, traveled this week to Haiti to observe the humanitarian response to Hurricane Matthew and assess any public health conditions, including the possible aggravation of Haiti’s cholera epidemic. The cholera epidemic started in Haiti in 2010 after United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping Forces introduced cholera when […]

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