United Nations officials acknowledged, for the first time, the
role peacekeepers played in the 2010 deadly cholera outbreak in Haiti
that killed 10,000 people and sickened hundreds of thousands of others.
The Office of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in an email this week said "the
UN has become convinced that it needs to do much more regarding its own
involvement in the initial outbreak and the suffering of those affected
by cholera,"reported the New York Times.
For six years, UN officials refused to accept blame for bringing cholera
to Haiti, but suspicions settled on a group of UN troops from Nepal who
arrived after the January 2010 earthquake. Nepal had a cholera epidemic
underway at the time and raw sewage from the latrines at the UN troops’
came was allowed to seep into an adjacent river. MORE