U.N. Apologizes For Cholera In Haiti

U.N. Apologizes For Cholera In Haiti

Haitian activists have been demanding that the United Nations would accept responsibility for what the country believes to be truth. That the UN was responsible for the cholera outbreak that has occurred in Haiti. They finally received their wish when U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made a public apology for the role the U.N. played in the subsequent disaster. The activists have however displayed joy at the positive outcome.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, pictured during a 2014 visit to Haiti to inaugurate a sanitation campaign. On Thursday, he issued an apology that Haitians have been demanding for six years. Hector Retamal /AFP/Getty Images

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, pictured during a 2014 visit to Haiti to inaugurate a sanitation campaign. On Thursday, he issued an apology that Haitians have been demanding for six years. (Source: Hector Retamal /AFP/Getty Images)

After filing legal claims and using social media as a platform to sway the U.N. to come clean, the new plan proposed by UNSG Ki-moon has lifted their spirits as the impact of the compensation for this impoverished country could be life changing. The plan calls for $400 million to be spend fighting the cholera outbreak still raging and also to provide compensation for the those affected.

After an extensive investigation Ki-moon admitted that the evidence proves that the outbreak started within the U.N.’s peacekeeping facility. He did however not apologize for the result of this contamination that started within the toilets of the base that leaked into the local water supply. The staff that brought the disease to the island was believed to be the Nepalese peacekeepers. This all happened shortly after the 2010 earthquake that crippled the country.  Since the outbreak started 800,000 people have caught the disease and nearly 9,000 have died from it. Cholera has not been reported in Haiti for decades prior to 2010.

Ban Ki-moon professed sincere regret on behalf of the U.N. for the loss of life. “On behalf of the United Nations, I want to say very clearly: We apologize to the Haitian people,” the secretary-general said. “We simply did not do enough with regard to the cholera outbreak and its spread in Haiti. We are profoundly sorry for our role.”

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