Haitians are suing the UN over their bringing cholera to the tiny island nation through UN peacekeepers from Nepal. So far, 700,000 Haitians have contracted cholera, with 8,500 deaths. The UN claims it has immunity from prosecution. Prior to the UN bringing in the Napalese peacekeepers, cholera was nonexistent in Haiti. DNA samples taken fro victims in Haiti prove that the strain is almost identical to the strain found in Nepal.
The suit will be filed in Manhattan on Wednesday despite a long standing policy of immunity against the UN wrongdoing by the UN. Plaintiff Felicia Paule, 45, who survived cholera but losr her daughter, brother, and nephew to the disease said, “They have to help us because there are so many kids that are orphans now, that lost their mom, that lost their dads. They’re responsible, so they have to help.”
There seems to be little doubt how the epidemic started, with numerous scientific studies and even a report by the UN itself. DNA tests have shown that the cholera hitting Haiti is genetically similar to that found in Nepal.
A group of Nepalese peacekeepers arrived in near Mirebalais in October 2010. They set up camp next to the tributary of the Artibonite River. The Artibonite is a major source for drinking water in the island country. Since it's original outbreak, the disease has spread to the Dominican Republic, which shares the same island with Haiti, and also to Cuba and Venezuela.
The UN seemingly went all out to conceal the fact that they were the source of cholera in Haiti. Originally, the UN claimed they had tested the Nepalese for cholera, but the refused to allow Haiti to have their own medical experts test the peacekeepers. It should be noted that at the time the peacekeepers were sent into Haiti, Nepal was in the midst of a cholera outbreak.
Even after several studies linked the Nepalese to the cholera outbreak, the UN denied charges that they were responsible, calling the results inconclusive. They have since had to back off that defense and admit that they were "probably" responsible for the outbreak.
Reporters who visited the Nepalese camp, complained about the smell and saw open sewerage drains that ran into the river. Yet, the UN insisted that their septic tanks were up to US and EPA standards. The plaintiffs said that it was a “question of law and fact” as to whether they participated in a cover up.
The UN claims it is spending hundreds of millions to fight cholera in Haiti but the actual cost of bringing their water and sewerage up to a level to actually have a chance of reining in cholera is 2.4 billion dollars.
Plaintiffs point out the endless string of lies told by the UN as proof of their "willful disregard" for life on Haiti. The UN is clinging to the defense that they are immune from paying for their screw ups and indeed they are as voted on in the UN. There should be a minimum standard of precaution and a healthy dose of common sense, but alas, neither one is required of the UN.