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Violent protests in Haiti as UN blamed for cholera outbreak

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Violent protests in Haiti as UN blamed for cholera outbreak

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Clashes between protesters and UN soldiers in Haiti have left two people dead.

Amateur footage captured some of the violence as locals blamed peacekeepers from Nepal for being the source of the cholera outbreak, which has killed nearly 1,000 people.

Suspicions surround a Nepalese base near Cap Haitien on the Arbonite River system where the outbreak began. The soldiers arrived there following outbreaks back home.

With unhygienic sanitary conditions rife in the country since January’s earthquake, the disease is easily transmitted by faeces and dirty drinking water.

More than 14,000 people have been hospitalised in the last three weeks.The current strain of cholera is specific to South Asia but health experts say it is unclear how it arrived in Haiti.

The protests come as the politicians prepare for national elections on November 28.