Monday, November 15, 2010

Today’s Video: Haiti's S.O.S.

It's difficult to believe that the health situation in Haiti could get worse but sadly that has been the case. The country's cholera outbreak, which has already claimed over 900 deaths since it began nearly one month ago, has reportedly spread into Port-au-Prince earthquake survivor camps.

According to the U.N.'s Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti, the number of cholera cases is expected to rise with better data collection. Yet Nigel Fisher also noted that the outbreak has hit all of Haiti's provinces and residents of overcrowded urban slums are especially at risk.

Therefore, it shouldn't come as a surprise that some Haitians vented their frustration on Monday:
In the country's second city of Cap-Haitien on the north coast, the demonstrators torched a police station after confronting U.N. troops, while in Hinche in the central region, they pelted Nepalese U.N. peacekeepers with stones...

A cholera epidemic, which broke out last month, has killed more than 900 people in the poor earthquake-hit Caribbean country, and the U.N. mission has repeatedly denied widespread rumors that Nepalese U.N. troops quartered in the central region brought the deadly disease to Haiti.
The latest episode of "60 Minutes" looked at the precarious situation in Haiti including a perceived lack of progress despite billions of dollars in pledged foreign aid. The outlook for one of the poorest countries in the Americas is, in short, not good:

Online Sources - Voice of America, Reuters
Video Source - CBS

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