The United Nations has implicated Bill Clinton for the 2010 cholera outbreak in Haiti that killed nearly 10,000 people and infected hundreds of thousands more.
Bill Clinton was head of the United Nations mission to Haiti at the time UN troops dumped septic waste into the local water supply.
The Artibonite River, located in the town of Mirebalais, is the island of Hispaniola’s longest and most important river. Located in the heart of island, the contaminated water ran through other rivers, creating a stream of death through Haiti’s waterways.
Cholera is a water-borne disease that thrives in wet atmospheres and had not been previously present in Haitian. It is a disease which causes vomiting and diarrhea until the infected person becomes dehydrated and dies. The virulence of this particular South Asian strain in Haiti gives an untreated infected person usually about 24 hours before death.
The outbreak triggered massive protests across Haiti, accusing the UN of contaminating the water and bringing the never-before-seen epidemic to the country.
Over the years, dozens of investigations and reports – from universities such as Harvard andYale, from organizations such as the U.S. CDC and Doctors Without Borders – have corroborated the Haitians’ claim of UN responsibility.
The Obama administration, which had taken the lead over the global Haiti earthquake reconstruction, taking place 35 miles south of Mirebalais in Port-au-Prince, has been conspicuously silent on the debate over responsibility.
Former President Bill Clinton, while still head of the mission in Haiti, did, in 2012, admit the UN’s role in the epidemic. He was pressed by Ansel Hertz, an independent and freelance videographer, as he was touring a hospital in Haiti. Clinton said, “I don’t know that the person who introduced cholera in Haiti, the U.N. peacekeeper, or [U.N.] soldier from South Asia, was aware that he was carrying the virus.” Clinton added that “it was the proximate cause of cholera. That is, he was carrying the cholera strain. It came from his waste stream into the waterways of Haiti, into the bodies of Haitians.”