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Ban Ki-moon Apologizes For UN Role In Haiti Cholera Epidemic

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has apologised for the first time to the people of Haiti for the international organisation's role in a deadly cholera outbreak that has killed more than 9,300 people and infected over 800,000. "On behalf of the United Nations, I want to say very clearly we apologise to the Haitian people," he said three times, in Haitian Creole, French and English, to the UN General Assembly on Thursday. "We simply did not do enough with regards to the cholera outbreak and its spread in Haiti ... We are profoundly sorry for our role," Ban said. According to numerous independent experts,...
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The earthquake that hit Haiti raising fears hundreds of thousands of people may have been killed is the latest in a long line of stormy history of natural disasters to befall the country, the poorest country in the western hemisphere. Haiti has always been dependent on foreign aid in emergencies as hurricanes and flooding are perennial concerns for the country. In 1963,hurricane Flora (the 6th deadliest Atlantic hurricane in history devastated the island. Flora’s damage to crop and property was estimated by the US weather bureau to be between $125m and $180m killing 5000. The country was hit by two disasters in 2004.

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