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According to the people in the rural regions where the outbreak started its the oozing foul feces waste from the Nepalese UN base in Mirebalais that's on the ground flowing across a path and into the Meile river that feeds the Artibonite river.
yesterday, October 26, 2010, without providing any scientific proof,
pathology tests or details showing there's no cholera infection amongst
their UN soldiers coming from cholera-vulnerable countries, the UN
Mission for the Stabilization of Haiti (MINUSTAH) denied that its
Nepalese soldiers are the source of the ongoing outbreak of cholera in
MINUSTAH has a Nepalese contingent in Mirebalais. Nepal regularly has cholera outbreaks, one of the last ones occurring in September 23 at Kathmandu, Nepal's capital and at Nepalgunj, Nepal in August of 2010 infecting 1400 and leaving 8 dead. (Nepal: Cholera outbreak in Kathmandu, September 23, 2010; Cholera outbreak in Nepal under control, says WHO.)
According to Haiti's president and health minister, Haiti has never before found cholera in the country. (Haitian cholera epidemic preventable, by Ezili Dantò, October 27, 2010.)
many of the UN soldiers including soldiers from India, Nepal, Nigeria,
Chad, Niger, et al... come from countries where cholera regularly rears
its head. Haiti officials believe the cholera virus was imported into
Haiti. One of the most persistent suspects of such an import is the
Mirebalais base near the bank of the Meille River that feeds into the
Artibonite River and rural region where the Haiti cholera outbreak began
in Haiti on October 19, 2010.
Laguerre Lochard, the mayor of Mirebalais, along with many of the citizens of Mirebalais accuse this UN base to be the source of the cholera outbreak that infected more than 4,000 Haitians as of this writing and killed upwards to 300. Mayor Lochard and Mirebalais residents say they've seen, with their own eyes, waste from this UN base spilling out, leaking and also some area residents say they have seen the soldiers relieving themselves at the Meille river, which feeds into the Artibonite River and is at the exact location where the outbreak started. They worry because these Nepalese soldiers may be infected without showing symptoms. The rains, storms and downpours, they say, perhaps carried their infections South where the people of Haiti are now dying in droves. (For additional info on other possible foreign toxins that could have caused the first ever cholera outbreak in Haiti and to read more on Red Cross handing out dirty water to earthquake victims, go to Is Haiti's deadly cholera outbreak an imported disease? by Ezili Dantò.)
Also, "just this week ninety-nine cholera cases were confirmed in Pakistan.
There are Pakistan UN MINUSTAH soldiers, as well as soldiers from
other known cholera regions, stationed in Haiti who also could have come
into Haiti with the infection." (Is Haiti's deadly cholera outbreak an imported disease?)
For instance, an October 26, 2010 (guardian.co.uk) news report states that cholera killed more than 1,500 people in Nigeria and infected nearly 40,000 in the worst outbreak in 20 years.
There are Nigerian UN soldiers also in Haiti. The Nigerian outbreak has affected Niger and Chad, which are also countries having UN MINUSTAH soldiers in Haiti. Haitians are as worried about these disease importations as they are about their earthquake sufferings being used to increase the wealth of the 14,000 NGOS living off their pains and making a business out of poverty in Haiti.
The UN mission to Haiti makes approximately $760million per year in Haiti and provides 14,000 jobs to US and US friendly-countries off Haiti's back.
It's no news to Haitians that there is more violence in most of the countries in the UN MINUSTAH mission than in Haiti. Brazil, for instance, heads the UN MINUSTHA mission and make 20% of the $760million per year as an administration fee. Its violence rate is 52.2 per 100,000 people, whereas Haiti's violence rate is a mere 5.6 per 100,000 according to UN figures. Even the US has a higher violence rate (5.7) and , in some place, a higher HIV rate (Washington DC - HIV rate 3.0) than Haiti (HIV rate 2.2). The HIV rate in the Bahamas is also higher at 3.0 percent as it is in Washington , D.C. where Congress seats.
But Haiti constantly gets picked on so these folks may go to Congress or the unsuspecting but compassionate US public and lift up monies to pay their salaries, living expenses, carry on with disaster capitalism, profit-over-people ways and live the good Island life behind the do-gooder mask while Haitians die, get further indebted to the likes of Monsanto or chained to Bill Clinton's assembly-plant wage "development" visions, lose their lands and Haiti's mineral/gold/copper/ coal/oil/gas reserves and other riches. ( See, The Plantation called Haiti: Feudal Pillage Masking as Humanitarian Aid ; Poverty Pimps Masturbating on Black Pain: Monsanto Joins pack ; and Colonization of Haiti's food and seeds not earthquake relief ; and Haiti: I Can't Stand the Rain ; and Haiti Oligarchy & the World Profit-Over-People System, Prt 1; and Haiti: Even on these ashes we continue to fight for freedom.; and Who is Rajiv Shah, What are Haiti concerns about Shah/USAID.)
to the charge, made by Mirebalais Mayor Laguerre Lochard that there are
no Haiti cholera cases up-river from the Nepalese soldiers' UN base,
who he says contaminated the Meile river that, in turn, probably
contaminated the Artibonite river, the UN denied it spread the cholera that infected Haitians.
The UN mission asserted that it used proper procedures to dispose of its soldiers' feces. But, Haitian observers ask what if the septic tanks leaked or were not properly disposed by the hired UN subcontractor or the otherwise properly buried contaminated feces somehow seeped into Haiti's ground water with the recent downpours, storms and floodings?(See, Is Haiti's deadly cholera outbreak an imported disease? by Ezili Dantò ; and, Une maladie importée, la MINUSTAH clame son innocence .)"
Sewage trucks from the Nepalese base of the MINUSTAH mission is dumping sewage directly into the river that's the source of water to the Central Plateau and the Artibonite areas where the water-borne cholera disease outbreak started in Haiti. AP has also shown that the residents of Mirebalais are not paranoid and crazy. They said they saw feces directly from the toilets in the Nepalese base oozing into the river. The Al Jazeera video proves it. Yet, the UN is sticking to their story that they've used all precautions and met EPA standards in disposing of their waste in Haiti. How many such UN bases are similarly affecting Haiti's water supplies? Who will investigate the investigators , the reputed humanitarians, aid workers and their test results for and on behalf of the disenfranchised in Haiti?
The UN investigating the UN to see if the UN brought cholera
to Haiti is not very assuring to Haitians being helped to death by the
various "humanitarian aid" units in Haiti since the democratically
elected president was deported back to Africa by Bush the son.
Unlike the United States, Haiti directly votes for its president. No electoral college intermediaries bolstering up the traditional oligarchy. So Haiti's oligarchy depends on US might, unfair trade monopolies and USAID and their NGO's financial support to keep the masses voiceless, disenfranchise and contained in poverty. There are 192 member nations in the UN. Five have veto power. But the UN and US want to bring "democracy" to Haiti and others! Fact is, the UN has been a tool of injustice, empire's incessant resource wars and of colonialism to maintain the balance of power of the post WWI allies/Security Council veto power anti-democrats against the other 187 member nations ever since they were implicated in the death of Patrice Lumumba of the Congo. (See UN Is Not For Africans by Magalie X Djehouty-Thot, Haitian Perspectives, May 2006 and The Ezulwini Consensus - The Common African Position on Proposed Reform of the United Nations.)