U.N. SG Ban Promises Additional Aid To Haiti Following Hurricane Matthew; U.N. Deputy Chief Outlines New Approach To Cholera Outbreak

Deutsche Welle: U.N. chief examines Haiti destruction amid cholera controversy
“While visiting victims of Hurricane Matthew, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described the destruction by the storm as ‘heartbreaking,’ expressing disappointment at scant emergency aid reaching the struggling nation…” (10/16).

New York Times: Cholera Deepens Haiti’s Misery After Hurricane
“…A week has passed since the hurricane tore through this remote stretch of Haiti’s southern peninsula, leaving an apocalyptic landscape of treeless countryside, disarticulated homes, and a land robbed of its natural riches. But for many, the torment has only started. Cholera, the disease at the heart of Haiti’s last disaster, is being spread again by this one…” (Ahmed, 10/15).

Reuters: Looting near U.N. base in Haiti; Ban promises more aid
“Haitians desperate for relief from hunger and sickness in the wake of Hurricane Matthew looted United Nations trucks on Saturday during a short visit to a hard-hit port town by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who promised more aid…” (Brice et al., 10/15).

U.N. News Centre: U.N. deputy chief briefs Member States on new U.N. approach to cholera outbreak in Haiti
“Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said [Friday] that the first track of the new United Nations approach to tackling cholera involves intensifying efforts to treat and eliminate the disease and boost access to clean water and sanitation; and the second track aims to develop a framework proposal to member states for material assistance to those Haitians most affected by cholera after the 2010 outbreak…” (10/14).

U.N. News Centre: Haiti: U.N. supporting government to provide emergency food assistance to 750,000 people
“United Nations relief agencies are continuing work on the ground to assist Haiti in the aftermath of powerful Hurricane Matthew with the World Food Programme (WFP) [Friday] helping to provide supplies for some 750,000 people, while the U.N. health agency and its regional partner have appealed to donors for $9 million for emergency health operations…” (10/14).

U.N. News Centre: ‘The United Nations is with you,’ Ban tells people of Haiti after witnessing hurricane’s wrath
“Haiti is facing its largest humanitarian disaster since the 2010 earthquake, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said [Saturday] in Port-au-Prince, where he urged friends of the island nation worldwide to ‘step up’ and provide the resources the Haitian people so desperately need in the wake of the ‘utter devastation’ wrought by Hurricane Matthew…” (10/15).

VOA News: U.N. Chief Sees ‘Heartbreaking’ Suffering in Haiti
“…Shortly before Ban’s arrival at a U.N. base in Les Cayes, a minor skirmish broke out between residents and U.N. peacekeepers when trucks carrying food aid arrived. The U.N. force fired tear gas to restore order. A World Health Organization coordinator said two containers loaded with supplies from the World Food Programme also were looted outside the U.N. base on Haiti’s southern coast…” (10/15).

Wired: Cholera in Haiti Isn’t Just Bad News — It’s Not Going Away
“…The hurricane may have put cholera in the news again, but really, the disease never went away. In the six years since cholera seeped from a U.N. camp’s faulty plumbing, it has infected at least 800,000 Haitians and killed nearly 10,000…” (Walker, 10/14).

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