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Haiti Continues To Battle With Cholera, IPS Reports

“Some 2,400 kilometers from New York City, where victims of Haiti’s cholera epidemic are suing the United Nations in a U.S. federal court, the disease continues to burn through the populace with no end in sight,” Inter Press Service reports. “In a single week between October 19 and October 26, the Pan-American Health Organization reported 1,512 new cases and 31 deaths,” and “[n]ew cases [were] reported in all 10 departments,” according to the news service. “The spread of cholera in Haiti, which has killed more than 8,300 and infected over 680,000 people since October 2010, has been blamed on Nepali peacekeepers who are part of the 9,500-strong U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH),” IPS writes, noting, “The United Nations has refused demands for compensation.” The article includes comments from former U.N. Assistant Secretary-General Kul Gautam, a Nepali who supports U.N. compensation; Mario Joseph, director of Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), which, “together with the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, is leading the lawsuit”; U.N. spokesperson Martin Nesirky; Kanak Dixit, a veteran Nepali journalist and a civil rights activist; and cholera treatment center nurse Viola Augustine (Deen/Saint-Pre, 10/31).