-A leaked report on an investigation into the cholera epidemic in Haiti has linked the outbreak to United Nations peacekeeping troops, despite conclusive evidence, and has also hinted at the possibility of a cover-up
The report by French disease expert Renaud Piarroux, which was commissioned by the French and Haitian governments, has suggested that poor sanitation at the UN camp for Nepalese troops – and specifically their toilets’ contamination of the Arbonite river that runs alongside the base at Mirebalais in central Haiti – was the source of the disease that has killed more than 2,000 people in Haiti since it surfaced in October.
"No other hypothesis could be found to explain the outbreak of a cholera epidemic," Pirraoux wrote.The first cases of cholera in this outbreak were on the banks of the Artibonite river.
That all changed in mid-October this year when a cholera outbreak was registered in the recent developments pinpoint the source to the Nepalese base of United Nations Mission (MINUSTAH) in Haiti
New photos and video evidence (see below) show a truck from the Nepalese MINUSTAH base dumping sewage into a tributary of the Artibonite River in Mirebalais.
Sewage traveled 400m and contaminated the Artibonite -- a major source of clean water for the Central Plateau and the Artibonite areas.
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In the report, the epidemiologist said that he could not prove there was cholera inside the base or among the soldiers because septic tanks and pipes that would have helped confirm sanitation problems were not there when he visited.
A spokesman for the Nepalese army had dismissed the report.
“It cannot be ruled out that steps have been taken to remove the suspected fecal matter and to erase the traces of an epidemic of cholera among the soldiers,” Piarroux wrote.
The UN “remains very receptive to any scientific debate or investigation”.
I note the report was commissioned by the Haitian and the government of France.
The UN is receptive and the Nepalese dismiss it.