Haiti: cholera victims demand UN compensation

The United Nations has been hit with a demand for hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation from Haitian cholera victims.

The Boston, USA-based Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) filed the demand on behalf of some 5,000 victims.

IJDH is demanding US$ 50,000 in compensation for each sick person and US$ 100,000  for each death. In addition, it wants a public apology and an adequate nationwide response – including medical care and clean water and sanitation infrastructure.

Earlier in 2011, both a UN Panel report and study published in a CDC journal linked the cholera outbreak to UN peacekeepers from Nepal.

On 14 October 2011, the Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Population (MSPP) reported 473,649 cumulative cholera cases and 6,631 deaths, since the beginning of the cholera epidemic in October 2010. If current trends continue, the Health Cluster in Haiti expects around 75,000 more cases by the end of 2011.

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Source: Aljazeera, 09 Nov 2011 ; BBC, 09 Nov 2011 ; IJDH, 08 Nov 2011 ; Situation Report Haiti Operation October 2011, Reliefweb, 03 Nov 2011

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