Haiti

Last October, following the UN General Assembly, we wrote of the urgency needed for the global health crisis occurring in Haiti. At that time, the former Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, admitted the role of the UN in starting the cholera epidemic in Haiti in 2010 and spoke directly about the need for a new strategy to aid the country. 

He said, "A new strategy is needed to alleviate their distress and improve their living conditions. We are firmly resolved to fulfill this moral responsibility." he said,  "Later, I will give you details on this strategy. Let us work together to meet our obligations to the Haitian people." 

And, like a fool...

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Haiti did not have a single case of cholera until October 2010 -- 10 months after a devastating earthquake leveled the country on Jan. 12 of the same year, killing up to an estimated 300,000 people. 

The ensuing nightmare continued through the entire month of January, with aftershocks bringing more devastation as they rolled across the country. But, by the end of January, the horror was over, and multiple organizations were mobilized to help get the country get back on its feet - one of which was the United Nations. 

The UN has been a presence in Haiti since 2004 as MINUSTAH (Mission des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation en Haïti.) After the earthquake, the UN acted to increase their presence, and three separate waves of troops arrived in Haiti...