Peacekeepers’ Persistently Poor Sanitation

For the first time last week, the UN owned up to its role in the 2010 Haiti cholera epidemic, which killed 10,000 people. The acknowledgment followed the publication of an internal audit that revealed chronic poor sanitation management by UN Peacekeepers in Haiti and 6 other locations, ranging from South Sudan to Lebanon.

The failings included insufficient treatment and improper disposal of wastewater. The UN says it has addressed 13 of the auditors’ “critical recommendations” and 14 of their 19 “important recommendations.”  Audits will continue this year and next in the Central African Republic, Mali and Somalia.
The New York Times

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