Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

“Met Ko Veye Ko”: Foreign Responsibility in the Failure to Protect Against Cholera  and Other Man-made Disasters (CUNY, Faculte’d Ethnologie)  

By. Mark Schuller, Ph.D, City University of New York and Faculte’d Ethnologie

This  study  is  a  follow  up  to  the report, “Unstable Foundations,” results  of  six  weeks  of  research   during  the  summer  of  2010,  which  argued  that  despite  the  billions  in  aid  pledged  to  Haiti,  most  of  Haiti’s estimated  1.5  million  IDPs  lived  in  substandard  conditions.  For  example,  seven  months   following  the  earthquake,  40.5  percent  of  IDP  camps  did  not  have  access  to  water,  and  30.3   percent  did  not  have  toilets  of  any  kind.  This  lack  of  sanitation  services  became  the  prime   breeding  grounds  for  illnesses  just  like  cholera,  which  struck  Haiti  with  great  force.  As  of  the  end   of  the  year,  there  were  an  estimated  170,000  cases  of  the  illness  and  3600  deaths.

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