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U.N. Must ‘Take Concrete Steps’ To Eradicate Cholera In Haiti, Compensate Affected Families, Communities

Washington Post: The United Nations comes clean(ish) on cholera in Haiti
Editorial Board

“More than six years after a brigade of U.N. peacekeepers from Nepal introduced cholera in Haiti, triggering an epidemic that has killed at least 10,000 and sickened many more, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has finally uttered the word ‘sorry.’ … The glacial rate at which the United Nations grasped its moral responsibility for having wreaked a public health disaster in the Western Hemisphere’s most impoverished nation has tarnished the institution. … What is critical now, as U.N. officials have acknowledged, is that the organization take concrete steps to make amends, namely by leading a public health blitzkrieg to eradicate the disease in Haiti and by making reparations, to victims’ families, their communities, or both. … [M]oral accountability demands a sustained effort to wipe out a disease that has caused so much suffering in that country. … Under Mr. Ban’s successor, former Portuguese prime minister António Gutteres, who takes office Jan. 1, the United Nations has every incentive to press ahead both to heal Haiti to the extent possible and to restore its own moral standing” (12/12).

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