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UN Responsibility to Haiti for Importing Cholera

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HLLN Message to the UN and all decent peoples on the UN importing cholera to Haiti

The Meille River feeds into the Artibonite, Haiti's longest river that fertilizes its breadbasket. At first the UN said its Nepalese contingent in Mirebalais, Haiti use seven septic tanks to contain their raw feces. These tanks were built in accordance with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards, emptied every week by a subcontractor's trucks, which then take their load to bury at an approved site that is " 250 metres off the Meille River, which is more than 20 times the internationally required distance. "

When an Al Jazeera video showed foul, leaking and unsecured UN septic tanks and the raw feces from the Nepalese base being leaked straight into the Meille River and further filmed UN subcontractor's trucks dumping their load in an open pit draining virtually directly into the river, the UN then said the source of the cholera is not important. It declared the important thing is treating the injured. The UN tear-gassed and shot dead Haiti demonstrators accusing the UN of bringing to Haiti this communicable disease that was killing their children. The corporate media reported the UN side of the story, called the Haiti grievers "insurgents." They said the mourners were demonstrating against the UN because they were looking to destabilize Haiti for political reasons and to influence the upcoming (sham) elections. Then, when world renowned experts pointed out the cholera strain in Haiti was South Asian, not Haitian, the UN proceeded to investigate itself and determined, yes it most likely brought cholera into vulnerable Haiti, but it is not to blame for the lives lost. Haitians disagree.
Demand a stop to the denials.

The UN is accountable for not controlling its own troops' hygiene, for importing a communicable disease, for not controlling that communicable disease, for the damage done, the lives lost, the Haiti farmers and Artibonite breadbasket that's been contaminated. The UN's failure to properly dispose of its human fecal waste, is not a "state action" subject to state immunity. It's a personal injury inflicted upon a vulnerable people the UN says its mandated to protect. The UN is paying itself almost $1 billion ($860million) dollars per year for said "protection." The UN is not above the law, immune for violating international sanitary standards, nor for failing to control the spread of its own disease. ---Ezili Dantà of HLLN

In a nutshell, the UN imported the deadly cholera disease to Haiti, but blames the fatal injury on the victim's pre-existing conditions. Folks, Ezili's HLLN needs your help. The UN literally dumped the deadly disease, through gross and perhaps even criminal negligence into Haiti's waterways and tributaries. It has killed untold thousands of Haitians. But the UN expects immunity from responsibility and prosecution.

Haitians are the first Blacks to stop slavery and colonialism and thus we have no big imperialist nuclear power to throw at the five post World War II powers who have divided the world amongst themselves and sit, with veto power over the 192 countries at the UN. This UN Security Council, their Clinton/Farmer UN Special Envoys, their NGOs with the Obama Administration who took over Haiti's airport and from the UN after the earthquake to "help" Haitians are killing Haitians, simply letting us die from their constant "help."

The ugly, racist and interminable quiet genocide must end; the UN expectation of immunity for giving Haitians cholera must not stand. We Haitians, who have been working to save our own lives, are calling on those decent people of the world not involved in false benevolence, pimping poverty, structural racism or colonialism to stand in solidarity with us against UN immunity for this travesty it dumped into Haiti -- this new and catastrophic earthquake- brought in by UN peacekeepers that is expected to infect 800,000 Haitians, that's Rwanda genocide figures.

If might really doesn't make right then the illegal, gross and perhaps criminal negligence of the UN in giving Haiti cholera will not be immune from prosecution and the reach of justice.

Since October 2010 when the UN-imported cholera outbreak was unleashed, we knew this new international and imported excrement would kill thousands upon thousands of innocent but super-exploited Haitians, destroy our Artibonite breadbasket further than Clinton's Arkansa rice-dumping US policies, sweatshop/export economy and unfair trade already has. (See also, Haiti's case against the UN for importing cholera epidemic by Ezili Dantà , written on Oct. 28, 2010. )

As early as Nov. 4, 2010, just weeks after the Oct. 19 Haiti cholera outbreak, John Mekalanos, a cholera expert and chairman of Harvard University's microbiology department said this was a South Asian strain and most likely brought in by the Nepalese soldiers. The CDC likewise also said this was not a Haiti disease. But the mainstream media took a past. Stopped reporting the Haiti perspective, letting the UN "independently investigate" itself while Haiti's people died unmercifully. No measures were taken to mobilize the UN's massive resources or any of its tentacles to stop the contaminated UN carriers, throughout the country, from further infecting the poor Haitians. At one point the international "humanitarians" ordered 200,000 body bags to prepare for the dead they were expecting! That is, paid themselves monies for 200,000 body bags, but laid no monies down for installing not one inch of pipe for clean water or a sanitation system.

More than six-months after the cholera outbreak the UN is confirming it imported cholera to Haiti but obfuscating UN liability with their newly released UN report.

The UN, having examine itself is telling all and sundry it indeed brought the deadly disease to Haiti that has, on top of the apocalyptic earthquake trauma, made over 300,000 ill and killed untold thousands upon thousands of innocent Haitians. Cholera is expected to kill thousands more and make up to 800,000 more Haitians suffer sickness. But apparently the UN is not RESPONSIBLE to compensate and make whole for the damage done, the lives destroyed, for toxifying the country's land, water system, food and the entire eco-system it has compromised, nor for the unspeakable indignity of having our people drink its imported fecal excrement on top of and along with the rest of the UN nightmares Haiti's innocents have had to endured these last and interminable 7-years!

In no world except exploited and ravaged-by-"humanitarians-and-peacekeepers"-Haiti would the carriers of this deadly disease not have been immediately tested and quarantined. The damage this has exacerbated is UNIMAGINABLE.

Do the world powers seriously believe that Haitians will accept this conclusion by the UN's "independent" panel? As I wrote already, that's like handing over a rapist kit and letting the rapists investigate themselves! ("The accused UN cannot investigate itself" -- Ezili Dantà , Oct 30, 2010 interview with Yves Point Du Jour, and Haiti elections and Cholera , interview with Ezili Dantà of HLLN, Oct. 22, 2010, Gorilla Radio.)

The UN and their various "envoys" are not above the law. Yes, they've unilaterally usurped Haiti relief and reconstruction and the country's civil functions, but indigenous Haitians know they are our jailers and executioners, not our rescuers. The powers responsible for bringing cholera and allowing its spread in Haiti will be held liable for whatever criminal consequences their false benevolence has secured and that can be duly determined by independent courts of law.

There are laws against gross negligence, wrongful death, false benevolence, massive infliction of pain and suffering, not to mention destroying Haiti's water system, territory and environment, already burden with TOURISTAH (aka MINUSTAH) and foreign NGOs! (See the UN "independent panel" report ; "93% of the USAID funds come back to the US" ; It's called "Tied Aid "; Avatar Haiti, part two.)

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