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United Nations: “We say sorry to the Haitian people.”

Samuel Maxime


NEW YORK CITY, New York, USA ( – 6 years, 1 month, 17 days. 10,000 deaths and 1 million infections later, the United Nations officially apologized for the cholera outbreak caused by UN peacekeepers in Haiti.

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon delivered the mea culpa, also in Haitian Creole, on behalf of the organization from its headquarters in New York on Thursday. He also took the opportunity to announce a new approach in the fight against cholera in Haiti.

I’m Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations.

Today, I tell the Haitian people: Oné. Respé (Honor. Respect.)

You have suffered a great punishment for the amount of people who have lost their lives because of cholera, and the amount of suffering the disease brought to Haiti.

On behalf of the United Nations, I mean, clearly, we say sorry to the Haitian people.

We have not done enough when cholera appeared, and when it is spread throughout the country.

We very much regret.

I know that forgiveness does not heal the wounds, but I know that all the United Nations will hold firmly to the side of the victims, alongside the Haitian people until the cholera is defeated.

Today we want to tackle cholera with more strength and determination, support the efforts that are made for more health teams provide quick relief. For everyone to have access to drinking water and health in more places in the country.

And then do everything as we are able to ensure that the victims’ families find a better life.

Thank you very much.

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About The Author

Samuel Maxime is a Haitian-born citizen living in the United States. He founded The Haiti Sentinel to bring Haitian issues to an English language audience.