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UN faces more unrest in Haiti as cholera spreads

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UN faces more unrest in Haiti as cholera spreads


Get out of Haiti and take cholera with you! That is the message some are sending to the United Nations as the epidemic shows no sign of slowing down.

Dozens of protesters marched on the UN’s mission in Port-au-Prince and condemned President Rene Preval. It is the latest evidence of growing anger on the island.

Anti-UN riots in the north have disrupted international efforts to tackle the disease, increasing the risk of infection and death. More than 1,000 people have died as a result of the outbreak and thousands more have been taken sick.

Some Haitians believe cholera was brought to their country by UN peacekeepers from Nepal but infectious disease specialists say it may be impossible to trace where the cholera came from.

While distrust of the UN and the government grips many parts of Haiti, organisations like the Red Cross are treating a growing number of patients in makeshift clinics across the country.

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