Haiti Continues Fighting Cholera Epidemic

Residents argue while they wait to collect water to be used for cleaning or cooking at the Cite Soleil slum in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Residents argue while they wait to collect water to be used for cleaning or cooking at the Cite Soleil slum in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in November 2010. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Residents argue while they wait to collect water to be used for cleaning or cooking at the Cite Soleil slum in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Residents argue while they wait to collect water to be used for cleaning or cooking at the Cite Soleil slum in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in November 2010. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Haiti Continues Fighting Cholera Epidemic

According to litigation and media reports, U.N. peacekeepers from Nepal introduced Cholera into Haiti's water supply after the catastrophic January 2010 earthquake.

Initially, the U.N. denied responsibility and claimed immunity, but as former U.N. Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon left office, he apologized for the U.N’s role and proposed a $400 million fund to end the epidemic. U.N. member states, however, have refused to follow through on funding the initiative. 

Current U.N. Ambassador to the U.S., Nikki Haley, sidestepped the issue of financial responsibility when asked in her confirmation hearings. According to the NGO Humanitarian Response, an average of one Haitian per day still dies from Cholera.

We get an update from Brian Concannon, a human rights lawyer with the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti.