UN admits role in cholera epidemic that kills 10,000 in Haiti

The UN has finally acknowledged it played a role in an outbreak of cholera in Haiti in 2010 that has since killed about 10,000 people in the country.

Scientific studies have shown that Nepalese UN troops were the source of the disease – but the UN repeatedly denied responsibility until now.

An internal report seen by the New York Times is said to have led to the shift.

But Farhan Haq, a spokesman for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon says the UN is protected by diplomatic immunity from claims for compensation from victims’ families.

No cases of the bacterial infection, which causes diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting and muscle cramps, had been recorded in Haiti for a century until the outbreak in late 2010.

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