On Wednesday, 158 members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of State, John Kerry, to pressure the Obama administration to reprimand the United Nations for its refusal to assume responsibility for the six-year cholera epidemic in Haiti. Democratic Representative John Conyers Jr. of Michigan stated that the State Department must take action to ensure that there is an effective response to the cholera outbreak and that the U.N. takes care to provide victims with just reparations. He said that U.N.refusal to assume responsibility for the outbreak and do their part to help Haitians is damaging the organization’s credibility. Medical studies traced the deadly cholera outbreak to infected members of UN peacekeeping missions in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake and inadequate sanitation at peacekeeping camps. At many of these camps, the UN knowingly dumped sewage out in the open. This sewage then infiltrated the water supply, contributing to cholera’s rapid spread; since 2010, the disease “has killed roughly 10,000 people and sickened more than 800,000 in Haiti.”
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