UN defends cholera stance

United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon told members of the US Congress that the world body was committed to helping Haiti overcome a cholera epidemic, even though it is refusing to pay compensation to victims who blame UN peacekeepers for starting the outbreak.

UN defends cholera stance

United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon told members of the US Congress that the world body was committed to helping Haiti overcome a cholera epidemic, even though it is refusing to pay compensation to victims who blame UN peacekeepers for starting the outbreak.

Health chiefs say more than 657,000 people have fallen ill and more than 8,000 have died from cholera since it was probably introduced to Haiti by UN troops from Nepal in 2010.

More than 30,000 people have fallen ill and 440 have died in the neighbouring Dominican Republic.

Mr Ban was responding to a May 30 letter from US Rep Maxine Waters, a California Democrat, and 18 other congressional “friends of the people of Haiti” who expressed concern at the UN’s rejection of the claims by 5,000 cholera victims and their families.

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