PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Leaders of national organizations in Haiti demanded accountability from the United Nations Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH) for introducing a south Asian strain of cholera into the territory.
At a press conference Carole Pierre-Paul Jacob of the Organization for the Solidatiry of Women (SOFA) suggested the United Nations’ „centers for the treatment of cholera” to be not satisfyingly contrite as a hypothetical United Nations „center for the prevention of cholera.” Madam Jacob called for accountability and reparations from the world organization.
„We demand relief and reparations. And in terms of relief and reparations we demand that, one: MINUSTAH recognizes that this is a crime that is political, against human rights and against a nation, in regards to the question of cholera. They owe these people a public explanation and an apology.”
„Secondly, that the money return into the coffers of the state, the $853 million that is being wasted, the money budgeted for MINUSTAH, it must be return to the state so that it can find the means to care for those infected with cholera and to prevent cholera.”
„And the next thing we ask, furthermore, we demand that all the soldiers of MINUSTAH, break up into groups to work with organizations like PAPDA and SOFA, and other organizations of social movements, we demand this, because we are not okay, firstly with the military occupation.”
„And we demand, that the soldiers of MINUSTAH, in the first reparation that they can give to the people of Haiti, is to mobilize in every corner of the country, in all the thousands of villages, to go dig up latrines, dig for potable aqueducts so that the peasants can find water, because it is because they can not find potable water that they are dying by the cholera.”