Cholera in Haiti:

Cholera in Haiti: the painful story of a scandal

It is a story that tells as much stupidity as cynicism diplomatic

Difficult, in reading the account of Renaud Piarroux, not to share in his revolt in the face of a political scandal and scientist who has made tens of thousands of deaths in a country already on the brink of collapse.

Haiti, October 2010: a épidémiede cholera is spreading in this country of the west Indies who, having dared to want to devenirla first independent black republic in the world in 1804, is struggling to develop.

Nine months earlier, an earthquake devastated the country, conjuring up the fear of outbreaks.

“The reality, writes Renaud Piarroux, [.. .. ] is that outbreaks are rare after the earthquakes. . [. ..

.. ] The affected population has fairly quickly of humanitarian assistance [that], specifically targets the major infectious risks. “” READ ALSO – Haiti: cholera victims file a complaint against the UN, But then, why suddenly an outbreak of cholera in a country where the disease did not exist, and if far from the homes usual african and asian? Invited by the French embassy and the haitian government to come and carry out the investigation, the epidemiologist French will not be long in convincing himself that the rumor is true: the cholera seems to have been brought by UN peacekeepers came from Nepal, where there is then an outbreak.

Vibrio cholerae, the bacterium responsible for the disease, would have found a way devastating in Haiti due to the spill in a river from the septic tank of a military camp of the un. . “Knowing the cholera, its relationship with wastewater and its propensity to follow the movements of the troops, the hypothesis is not absurd, far from it,” notes Renaud Piarroux. “When it comes to “help” or “stabilize” a country, it is advisable to take a maximum of precautions. In the case of Haiti, it was below all things”, accuses the epidemiologist.

CNRS But the biggest scandal is, perhaps, not even there. Evidence may accumulate in favour of this hypothesis, during the years, the UN will do anything to deny the facts, tells us about Renaud Piarroux: hide the clues, make up the data, support the scientific theories in making cholera a disease, “environmental”, with a bacterium growing quietly in the waters of haiti, before you arise to the favour of climatic conditions suitable. .. ..

.once found liable, the UN will refuse to compensate the victims, and the international community will drag the feet to help the country. However, even if the elimination of cholera is of course a matter of health development and political stability, “leaving the haitian people extricate themselves from a crisis that he is not responsible” would be a “shame”, criticizes Renaud Piarroux.

“Is this how we want mankind to be governed?” This book, he tells us, he wrote it to “honor the memory of those that the epidemic has carried away”. But also because, dare he hope, “it is less shame when it knows itself to be under the gaze of the public. “”Cholera Haiti 2010-2018, the story of a disaster”, Renaud Piarroux, CNRS Editions.

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