by Mark Doyle
originally posted at the BBC
More than 100 Democrats from the US House of Representatives have called on the UN to take responsibility for introducing cholera to Haiti.
It is the latest twist in the allegation that UN peacekeepers unwittingly introduced the disease.
The United Nations’ envoy to Haiti, Bill Clinton, has accepted UN soldiers may have brought cholera.
But with more than 7,000 deaths so far, the UN said tackling the disease is more important than attributing blame.
Continue reading In the News: UN ‘should take blame for Haiti cholera’ – US House members
Originally posted at Al Jazeera’s blog
Port-au-Prince, Haiti – A bas Kolera, a bas Minista,– Creole for “down with cholera, down with MINUSTAH,” the United Nation peacekeeping force in Haiti – can be seen spray-painted across Port-au-Prince. One national newspaper headline recently read, “MINUSTAH must go.” And the refrain of a popular song by the Haitian band Brothers Posse mocks UN soldiers.
After years of scandal, including allegations of sexual abuse and accusations of introducing cholera into the country, many Haitians want the UN’s third-largest peacekeeping force to leave.
Continue reading In the News: UN peacekeepers not about to leave Haiti