A group of Haitians are threatening to sue the United Nations if it does not agree to compensate Haitian cholera victims, apologize to the Caribbean nation for introducing the disease through its peacekeeping force, and launch a major effort to improve sanitation.
Haiti’s Cholera outbreak started in October 2010, months after the devastating earthquake that killed 316 thousand people.
Several published studies on the Haiti cholera isolated the bacterium's DNA and tracked its origin to Nepal. It spread because raw sewage from the UN camp leaked right into a tributary of one of Haiti’s most important rivers.
Until the 2010 epidemic, Haiti had no record of Cholera since the 1800s. And disease spread quickly: More than 8 thousand Haitians have died, and more than 600 THOUSAND have been made sick.
The Haitians are represented by the Boston-based Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, which is giving the United Nations two months to pay up or go to court. The group plans legal actions in multiple countries, seeking a minimum of $100 Thousand for each bereaved family and $50 Thousand for each Cholera survivor. The Institute has at least 8,000 people ready to join the lawsuit, Concannon said.
The UN has denied it is responsible for the spread of Cholera in Haiti and says it has immunity from such claims.