Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Hold UN Accountable For Haiti’s Cholera Outbreak

By Myrtha Désulmé, The Gleaner On August 24, Tropical Storm Isaac pummelled Haiti, resulting in floods, mudslides, storm surges, downed trees and power lines. The storm threatened the lives of millions, particularly the more than 400,000 homeless Haitians still living in flimsy tents, exposed to the elements like sitting ducks, two and half years after the January 2010 earthquake. Painful images of tent dwellers bracing against fierce winds, with a backdrop of flying tents containing all of their worldly possessions, were streamed on CNN between news of another United States shooting incident, and the joys of Australian river rafting. Adding to the crisis was the fear of an ensuing surge of the cholera epidemic introduced into Haiti by the United Nations (UN) forces. On October 21, 2010, ten months after the greatest natural disaster of the modern age, cholera exploded in the Artibonite […]

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