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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Haiti cholera victims threaten to sue the UN

8 May 2013

The victims include the families of the 8000 people who have died
and hundreds of thousands of people who have fallen sick 

Victims of Haiti's cholera epidemic have given the United Nations a 60-day deadline to start talks about billions of dollars worth of compensation or face legal action.

The UN is accused of negligently allowing peacekeeping soldiers to pollute Haiti's water with cholera.

A UN cholera expert agrees that this is "most likely" to be true.

The UN rejected an earlier call for compensation and continues to insist it is immune from legal proceedings.

The cholera epidemic began in Haiti in 2010 near a camp for UN soldiers, where there were leaking sewage pipes. Some human waste was also dumped near a river outside the camp.

The camp housed UN soldiers from Nepal, where cholera is endemic. The UN's own cholera expert, Danielle Lantagne, has said that Haiti's outbreak is likely to have come from UN soldiers. (...)

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