A UN acknowledgement that it played a role in introducing cholera to Haiti and vows to aid victims were welcomed Friday in the Caribbean nation, which has experienced the worst outbreak of the disease in recent history.
The United Nations is saying for the first time that it was involved in the introduction of cholera to Haiti and needs to do "much more" to end the suffering of those affected, estimated at more than 800,000 people.
The United Nations says over 1,600 cases of cholera have been confirmed in Iraq in the past month and the humanitarian situation in the country is worsening with more than 8.6 million people in need of assistance.
Five years after cholera started a deadly march across this poor Caribbean country, international and Haitian human rights activists asserted Tuesday that the UN is failing to provide justice for the many Haitians who have died or been sickened.
Canadian and American scientists have mapped the genetic blueprint of the cholera bacteria responsible for a 19th-century pandemic of the disease, cracking open a veritable medical time capsule to do so.