In Haiti, an impoverished and unhappy land, the United Nations has hit, perhaps, a new low. So-called “peacekeeping forces,” drawn from a mishmash of different nations and ethnic groups, have descended upon this nation carved out of the western part of the island of Hispaniola, to help Haitians recover from the January 12, 2010 earthquake, a national disaster. What these forces brought to the hapless island instead, however, was the deadly disease of cholera, previously almost unknown in Haiti. Microbiologists have conjectured that Nepalese contingents from the U.N. forces brought the particular strain of cholera into Haiti, because this strain is distinctive to their home region of Nepal. The epidemic is now spilling over into the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti.
Compounding the problem of cholera, which has claimed the lives of more than one thousand Haitians and sickened many more, is the utter lack of credibility that U.N. protestations of harmlessness have had with the average Haitian. Now riots spawned by the suspicion that the U.N. has brought a virulent new disease into the weakened population of Haiti have prevented non-profit organizations not connected with the U.N. from bringing in medicine and staff needed to save lives. The average Haitian, saddled with a massively corrupt government, and now “helped” by a United Nations whose officers carried a deadly disease into Haiti, finds even private charities skittish about helping Haiti. The U.N. does no perceivable good in the eyes of sensible people.
Now, in Haiti, this organization has succeeded in making one of the most miserable places on the planet even worse.