Haiti’s earthquake recovery marred by forced evictions, cholera

November 21, 2011

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A girl stands next to her makeshift home at a tent camp for earthquake survivors in Port au Prince.

Although it's been two years since the earthquake and billions of dollars in aid have gone into the country, Haiti is still struggling. Many of those who were displaced in the earthquake still live in tent camps. And a public health disaster has further destabilized the country: half a million people have been sickened by cholera and 5,000 have died from the illness.

Attorney Nicole Phillips says the epidemic was triggered by United Nations workers who contracted cholera in Nepal, and then brought it to Haiti. An attorney with the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti and assistant director for Haiti Programs at the University of San Francisco School of Law, Nicole is part of a team of lawyers that’s suing the UN on behalf of the Haitian people. She tells us why she's taking action and also gives us insights into the recent uptick in forced – and sometimes violent – evictions from Haiti’s tent camps under President Michel Martelly.

 

To watch a video of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon's spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, addressing the cholera allegations with members of the press, click here. His comments begin at 15:55.