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Human Rights Group Demands UN Pay Damages to Haiti Cholera Victims
November 8, 2011
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The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), a rights group based in Boston, is seeking damages from the United Nations on behalf of over 5,000 Haitians who are victims of cholera. The group claims that the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) introduced cholera to the country in October, 2010, causing an ongoing epidemic that has killed over 6,000 Haitians and sickened 450,000 to date.

According to Democracy Now, "it is widely believed that cholera was brought to Haiti by a battalion of Nepalese troops with the UN peacekeeping force". In their complaint, the IJDH states that the UN and MINUSTAH are responsible for "failing to adequately screen and treat peacekeeping soldiers" who came from countries experiencing cholera epidemics, as well as dumping waste into Haiti's longest river and failing to respond to the epidemic. IJDH is seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in individual compensation and general aid, as well as a public apology.

Al-Jazeera correspondent Sebastian Walker spent more than a year in Haiti following last year's earthquake. While there, he uncovered the combination of natural disasters and manmade mistakes that has led to the country's current state of suffering. His documentary on the subject, 'Haiti: After the Quake', is below:


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