Haitians Demand Compensation From U.N. For Cholera Pandemic

Three mobilizations are being organized by Haitian social activists in opposition to the possible renewal of the MINUSTAH, short for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, Telesur reports.

MINUSTAH was established in 2004, and aims to “restore a secure and stable environment, to promote the political process, to strengthen Haiti’s Government institutions and rule-of-law-structures, as well as to promote and to protect human rights.”

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Many, including the Democratic Movement of Haiti known as Modep, have blamed several issues that country faces on MINUSTAH, including Haiti’s cholera pandemic and several rape incidents involving both minors and adults.

The first mobilization will take place today (Sept. 13) in the country’s capital Port-au-Prince, while another sit-in will be staged in from of MINUSTAH’s base of Port-au-Prince.

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On Sept. 27, the final sit-in will be held in Haiti’s Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development (MARNDR). The aim of this sit-in will “demand the government better protects local products from the export industry,” as well as demand compensation for the cholera pandemic.

The U.N. revealed that there have been nearly 10,000 cholera-related deaths since the outbreak began in 2010, while hundreds of thousands of people still suffer from the disease in the country.