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Newly Released Emails Incriminate Top US Officials in UN Unaccountability for Cholera

Newly revealed emails indicate that high-level American officials knew about the United Nation’s role in causing the cholera epidemic in Haiti from the beginning of the outbreak. Thus began a cover-up to protect the reputation of both the U.N. and the U.S., incriminating a wide range of people. The emails suggest that the investigation was flawed and “unenthusiastic,” despite growing evidence of the U.N. peacekeepers’ roles. It took six years from the outbreak of the disease for the public to hear an official apology from the U.N.; six years in which cholera killed more than 9,500 people and crippled Haiti’s healthcare system, infrastructure and access to clean water. Experts suggest that the real death toll could even be 2-3 times higher than this estimate, and cholera continues to kill approximately one Haitian per day. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the full article. What […]

CDC Promotes “Revisionist History” of Cholera in Haiti

The CDC’s in-house museum has a graphic comparing the cholera epidemic brought to Haiti by UN peacekeepers with the 1854 cholera epidemic in London. The problem with the graphic is that it ignores both the source of the cholera epidemic, and the still-ongoing deaths and illnesses from cholera five and a half years later. Towards the beginning of Haiti’s cholera epidemic, the CDC claimed that finding and citing the source of the epidemic was counterproductive. Now that the UN has spent five and a half years dodging accountability to its victims, why is the CDC still loath to mention the UN role? Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. The Killer Hiding in the CDC Map What caused Haiti’s cholera epidemic? The CDC museum knows but won’t say. Jonathan M. Katz, Slate April 14, 2016 Last Friday, a friend […]

Increased Discrimination and Ad Hoc Deportations in the DR

Despite the Dominican government’s claims that it has not begun deporting illegal immigrants or natives born in the DR to foreign parents, interviews on the ground say otherwise. Human rights groups state that individuals are being left at the border, while others flee the country to escape growing xenophobia and violence. Additionally, IJDH staff attorney Nicole Phillips notes that the Dominican government’s flawed registration process may actually help identify unregistered individuals living in the DR. Tensions are high as August – when the Dominican government plans to start officially deporting people – looms closer and the fate of the island remains uncertain. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. “Haitian Devil, Go to Your Country” Joshua Keating, Slate July 22, 2015 FOND PARISIEN, Haiti—André Joseph recalls that his crops were almost ready to harvest the night […]

Cholera Continues to Spread In & Outside Haiti

This is a brief update on cholera, noting that it has spread from Haiti to DR, Cuba, and Mexico and giving the current Haitian statistics as reported by the World Health Organization. Haiti’s U.N.-Imported Cholera Has Infected Thousands of People in at Least Four Countries Joshua Keating, Slate December 9, 2013 The South Asian strain of cholera most likely introduced to Haiti by U.N. peacekeepers in 2010 has infected more than 700,000 people and spread to three other countries. An epidemiological update issued by the Pan American Health Organization and World Health Organization last week reported that in Haiti alone, there have been 692,098 infections with 8,470 deaths. More than 30,000 people were infected by the disease in the neighboring Dominican Republic. Cuba, which hadn’t seen a cholera outbreak in more than century, has reported nearly 700 cases. The latest country impacted is Mexico, which […]

The United Nations’ Shameful History in Haiti

Charanya Krishnaswami, Slate August 19, 2013 “Haiti”—the very word conjures images of inevitable poverty and tragedy. The nation has been so spectacularly blighted—by war, by natural disasters, by disease—that insidious whispers still echo that some ancient curse was cast upon Haiti. After all, what else could possibly explain the extraordinary misfortune of a country that, just months after a catastrophic earthquake in 2010, was ravaged by a deadly cholera epidemic? In reality, cholera was anything but inevitable. It is a manmade curse, visited on the country not by acts of God but by the grossly negligent behavior of the very people charged with protecting and stabilizing Haiti. The disease had been unknown in Haiti for more than a century. In October 2010, United Nations peacekeepers leaked cholera-infected fecal waste into a tributary of Haiti’s largest river—the same river countless Haitians use for bathing, cooking, and drinking. Eight […]

Humanitarian Malfeasance

The United Nations is responsible for killing more than 8,000 Haitians since 2010. And it’s not even willing to say it’s sorry.    Jonathan M.Katz, Slate Monday, Feb.25, 2013 International affairs can be complicated, but sometimes a case comes along that’s so simple it’s almost absurd. In 2010, the United Nations made a horrendous mistake that, so far, has claimed more than 8,000 lives. Its officials tried to cover it up. When the evidence came out anyway, lawyers for victims’ families petitioned the U.N. to end the crisis, pay damages, and apologize. For a year and a half, the world’s leading humanitarian organization said nothing. Then, last week, it threw out the case, saying, “The claims are not receivable.” The background should be well-known by now. But despite the fact that American taxpayers have footed the lion’s share of the bill for the […]

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