Actress and humanitarian activist Olivia Wilde has released an impassioned editorial via The Huffington Post about the spread of cholera in Haiti. The title of her article - 'Baseball In The Time Of Cholera' - is also the name of a documentary she produced on the topic, a film that is premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival this week.
In her editorial, Olivia takes the position that UN soldiers, serving in Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010, were responsible for the outbreak of a disease that had not been seen in the country for a century. Poor planning and a lack of sanitation preparedness allowed Nepalese soldiers to contaminate a major source of drinking water with untreated waste, resulting in a devastating health crisis that has killed thousands of Haitians in the last two years.
Cholera is a horrendous killer, and its impact on Haiti's population has been ruinous. After recounting the many horrors she herself has witnessed as a result of cholera's spread across the island nation, Olivia calls on the UN to take responsibility for what happened, and to allocate the resources to help stop the spread of cholera through the country.
Baseball In The Time Of Cholera follows a young Haitian baseball player struggling to regain a sense of normalcy after the 2010 earthquake, only to be devastated again by the effects of cholera:
Olilvia was in the red chair recently, talking to George about her experiences in Haiti and what her involvement in the country means to her: