A horrendous mistake made by the United Nations has led to the death of 8,000 Haitians since 2010. Why do U.N. leaders refuse to take responsibility for Haiti’s cholera epidemic?
Posted Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at 6:19 PM
In 2010, the United Nations sent a group of soldiers from Nepal on a largely U.S.-financed peacekeeping mission in post-quake Haiti. But the U.N. neglected to adequately screen the mission’s soldiers for cholera, a disease that was raging in Nepal at the time but that Haiti had never experienced. Shortly after the soldiers moved to the U.N. base in Haiti located upstream from a major river system, Haitians began to contract the disease at an alarming rate, sickening more than 647,000 Haitians and taking more than 8,000 lives. Since then, U.N. leaders have attempted to deny the organization’s role in the epidemic and last week declared claims brought by Haitian families in the wake of the epidemic null and void. Read Jonathan Katz’s full story about the U.N. fiasco here.
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Cemetery workers cover the grave of Serette Pierre, who recently died of cholera, Oct. 29, 2010, in Back D’ Aguin, Haiti. Pierre died the same day she contracted cholera, leaving three children without parents. Haiti, one of the poorest nations in the western hemisphere, has been further unsettled by an outbreak of cholera, which has so far killed over 300 people. The epidemic has affected the central Artibonite and Central Plateau regions with 3,612 cases so far on record. Authorities believe the outbreak is contained, but has not yet peaked. There is also fear that the deadly diarrheal disease could migrate to the sprawling camps for the hundreds of thousands of Haitians displaced by the January 2010 earthquake.Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images
The Original crime can be found in the United Nation’s failure to screen troops from a cholera infested area of Nepal.
The next crime was the fact that the Nepalese MINUSTAH team was filmed dumping shit into the Artibonite River system from a large tanker truck by an Al Jazeera team. This contaminated the river and started the epidemic.
These crimes were magnified by a slow reaction to the threat and many died needlessly, and continue to die.
Another crime sees the official reports underestimate the actual loss to cholera. Statistical realities show that something like 20,000 or more could have died. The figures are kept low by insisting the people are dying from “extreme diarrhea ” and not cholera. According to some, who worked with them, Medicines sans Frontieres was pressured to report this way.
The, in spite of empirical evidence that pointed to UN responsibility, MINUSTAH, Ban Kee Moon and the rest of the UN hierarchy insisted, insisted, insisted that the UN was innocent.
The entire cholera/Haiti situation is a sad reflection upon the United Nation’s real values.
MINUSTAH has been involved with child pornography, rape of small children, teenagers, middle aged and older males and females, plus assorted farm animals.
MINUSTAH has been, is involved with the cocaine business. For example, the Uruguayan team in Port Salut has used boats and helicopters to pick cocaine off boats along the coastline.
MINUSTAH has been involved with bribery and fixed contracts.
Unlike the MAFIA MINUSTAH has no code of honor.