Haiti, the United Nations and the Cholera

Haiti, October 2010. Half a year after the devastating earthquake, the first cholera cases are reported from the small town of Mirebalais. The disease spreads all over the country within a short time and is a threat for the people ever since. Several independent research teams investigated the origin of the epidemic. They came to a consistent result: It was brought to the country by the UN. Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General, has for the first time apologised to the people of Haiti for the organisation’s role in the deadly cholera outbreak on December 2016.
In May 2016 radio journalist Jenny Marrenbach and me visited Mirebalais and the people affectes by cholera with Mario Joseph, a human rights lawyer who fights for the victims. On another day we went on patrole with UN soldiers of MINUSTAH in Cité Soleil, a slum in Port-au-Prince were the health conditions are still very low.