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Cholera Epidemic in Haiti:
The U.N.’s Shameful Responsibility

Sep 2, 2013

United Nations troops were responsible for the spread of cholera in Haiti, according to a new study by Yale University. This epidemic has already caused the deaths of 8,000 people and infected 650,000 more. After the earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010, the U.N., which was already in the country, sent extra military troops, officially to help the population.

The first cases of cholera appeared in October 2010, after the country had been free of it for more than a century. The population quickly suspected that Nepalese U.N. peacekeepers were the cause, since their camp was set up next to a river that runs through the country and their sanitary system was poor. However, the U.N. continued to deny the responsibility of its troops, even after an independent investigation in 2011 showed that the cholera bacteria from this epidemic were the same as those found in Nepal.

Even with this proof given by the Yale study, the U.N. still refuses to compensate the victims. Or to say it more clearly, the club of the world’s biggest governments never agrees that it owes anything to one of the poorest populations on the planet!

However, the U.N. Secretary-General is dedicating himself to do everything “to help the Haitian people overcome this cholera epidemic,” although “carrying out this goal won’t be easy, but it’s possible.”

What a bunch of hot air! At the end of 2012, the U.N. launched a “plan to eliminate cholera” in ten years, costing 2.2 billion dollars. The result to help wipe out cholera? After eight months, only 23 million dollars has been spent–one percent of what the U.N. promised!