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Cholera Threatens Haiti

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Posted on Oct 23, 2010
Al-Jazeera English

Bodies of cholera victims lie in a morgue in the rural Artibonite region of Haiti.

A cholera outbreak that has killed about 200 people in rural Haiti is threatening to spread to the capital, Port-au-Prince, potentially endangering the hundreds of thousands of earthquake survivors crowded into squalid camps around the city. —JCL

Al-Jazeera English:

The United Nations says that 194 Haitians have died in an an outbreak of cholera that is threatening to spread to the capital, Port-au-Prince, endangering hundreds of thousands of earthquake survivors sheltered in camps.

The announcement on Saturday came as the disease began to spread outside the worst-affected rural Artibonite region, triggering fears that the toll could be significantly higher.

Officials in Haiti have admitted that they have not been able to visit all the areas, suggesting that many cases may not have been reported.

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By Blackspeare, October 24, 2010 at 3:19 pm Link to this comment

Haiti is an example of an over-populated failed country pillaged from without and within——a reset is necessary for the potential creation of viable state.  A major epidemic may do just that!

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By rico, suave, October 23, 2010 at 11:04 pm Link to this comment

So now the CIA is shitting in the little water Haitians have to drink? Will the US racist murderers never stop?

We knew from the gitgo that the US couldn’t be trusted to help. Where are the Cuban doctors? Where is Chavez? Where is France? St Martin? Martinique?When will Kim Jong Il send his promised aid and long range missile technology? When will black Africa step up and help their kindred spirits? Why doesn’t the Dominican Republic, only a hillside away, lend a hand?

You’re right Lafayette. Only the US and France, in all the world, can be held responsible for the continuing tragedy in Haiti.

Yet, when the US does step into situations like this, they’re branded imperialists, colonialists and hegemons.

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By Lafayette, October 23, 2010 at 10:12 pm Link to this comment


This poor nation deserves all the sympathy and aid it can get.

Will it prove to be just another case of inept bureaucracy screwing up a free-lunch, as was Katrina. It certainly seems so.

What Haiti needs is decent housing and basic infrastructure repair—all of which is not Mission Impossible. And yet, after much media coverage (especially of brainless Hollywood twits arriving with Care Packages), the country continues to go to hell in a hand-basket.

Haiti is in our back yard, dammit. Are we fixating on our own relatively petty problems whilst this small nation agonizes?

Apparently yes. Shame on us, both the French and the American governments, for allowing this indecency to continue.

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