18 thoughts on “Haitian cholera caused by foreign soldiers

  1. Structurally unsafe and laced with formaldehyde, the “hurricane-proof” classroom trailers installed by the Clinton Foundation in Haiti came from the same company being sued for sickening Hurricane Katrina victims, report Isabel Macdonald and Isabeau Doucet from Haiti. Read the article and watch the slide show for a sad tour of these toxic trailers.


    All best,
    Peter Rothberg, The Nation


  2. Ministers discuss UN Haiti mission

    URUGUAY: Foreign ministers and defence chiefs from Latin American countries that together have more than 12,000 peacekeepers in Haiti gathered in Montevideo today to consider how the alleged sexual abuse of a Haitian teenager by Uruguayan sailors might affect the future of the UN mission.

    Brazil has made public its wish to reduce its forces before an eventual withdrawal and Uruguayan President Jose Mujica seconded that idea before the meeting.

    “We are not in Haiti to retire there,” Mr Mujica said on Wednesday after he offered apologies to the people of Haiti over the alleged sex abuse.



  3. Sep 14, 3:08 PM EDT

    Protesters in Haiti demand ouster of UN troops

    Associated Press

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Protesters calling for the withdrawal of U.N. peacekeepers from Haiti clashed with police Wednesday outside the earthquake-damaged Haitian National Palace.

    The protesters hurled rocks at Haitian police in riot gear and the officers responded by firing volleys of tear gas canisters toward the crowd of several hundred demonstrators. As the crowd dispersed, many protesters fled into the Champ de Mars, the park that became a huge encampment of tents and shanties following the January 2010 earthquake.

    There did not appear to be any injuries among protesters, who said they wanted to see a withdrawal of the U.N. troops who have helped keep order in Haiti since 2004, when political violence engulfed the country.

    Protesters also said they were angry over the alleged sexual assault of an 18-year-old Haitian man by U.N. peacekeepers from Uruguay in the southwestern town of Port-Salut in July.

    “We are doing a peaceful march and asking for MINUSTAH to leave the country,” said protester Christo Junior Cadeta, referring to the U.N. force by its French acronym.

    The U.N. has 12,000 U.N. military and police personnel in Haiti but no peacekeepers were in sight as the protesters clashed with the Haitian police.

    Haitian President Michel Martelly is expected to ask for a renewal of the U.N. mission’s mandate, which expires next month.

    The peacekeeping force has been a fixture in Haiti following a violent rebellion that ousted former President Jean Bertrand Aristide in 2004. The force in Haiti has been a target of complaints for years, but the criticism has increased in recent weeks after a cellphone video surfaced showing several U.N. soldiers abusing the young Haitian man.


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