Cholera rioting in the Haitian city of Cap-Haitien have erupted against the United Nations and their relief efforts. Cholera fears are rising as the death toll continues to climb past 1,110 people. Over 18,000 people have contracted cholera and are sick from it. The tiny Caribbean nation is still recovering from the shock of a massive earthquake in January. Many blame UN peacekeepers for bringing cholera to Haiti and have been attacking the 12,000 UN troops, even burning down their quarters, since Monday. Neighboring Dominican Republic have closed their borders to prevent cholera from spreading. Meanwhile, United States President Barack Hussein Obama has said nothing about Haiti in his many speeches the past two weeks, remaining silent, or oblivious, to the Haitian’s growing plight. Several cases of cholera related to Haiti have now appeared in Florida.
Haiti is scheduled to hold elections on November 28th with current President Rene Preval endorsing Unity Party candidate Jude Celestin. How the cholera epidemic will impact the elections is unclear. United Nations spokesman Andre Leclerc assures the world that the UN is doing all it can to help Haiti. However, billions of dollars in relief money from the United States and other nations have yet to be spent. An estimated $5 Billion from America alone remains tied up in bureaucracy.
Some 250,000 people died in Haiti during the January 2010 earthquake which literally destroyed the largest city, the capital of Port Au Prince. During the critical first week, relief efforts were slow as the country’s only airport was clogged by private jets full of news reporters. Only after U.S. military arrived on the scene did genuine relief efforts get underway, but for many victims trapped in rubble, it was too late.
Since January, an international rescue has tried to help with food, water and medical assistance. But over one million people were left homeless and are still today. Former president Bill Clinton was placed in charge of America’s aid program by Barack Hussein Obama. Even George W. Bush was asked to lend a hand. But red tape has prevented nearly $5 Billion dollars from being spent to help the Haitian victims.
A breakout of cholera is tied to UN peacekeepers from Nepal, who have a base near the Artibonite River, a major source of drinking water. Cholera rioting against United nations troops and personnel began on Monday. After many buildings were burnt down, including a warehouse holding 500 tons of food, the cholera riots have subsided since Wednesday. But the country is on a hair-trigger as the mounting death toll nears 1,200 with over 18,000 others having contracted cholera. Fear of it spreading further has resulted in the Dominican republic closing it’s border with Haiti. Three cases of cholera have now been reported in Florida from Haiti, proving that the United States is vulnerable, too.