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U.N. Leader Urges Member States to Fund Haiti’s Cholera Recovery

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A report by Jonathan M. Katz for The New York Times.

Just days after the United Nationsacknowledged playing a role in a cholera outbreak in Haiti, and a day after it was ruled immune from related lawsuits by a United States court, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called on the organization’s member states to provide the money and resources needed to end the epidemic and help Haiti recover.

Scientists have determined that United Nations peacekeepers from Nepal introduced cholera, a waterborne disease, to Haiti by allowing their infected feces to enter the country’s most important river system in October 2010.

At issue is whether the organization and its members will pay for the sanitation infrastructure and treatment necessary to end the epidemic, which has killed at least 10,000 people and damaged Haiti’s economy. The imported cholera strain has also spread to other countries in Latin…

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