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United Nations Admits to Accidentally Releasing Cholera in Haiti, Killing 10,000 People


Nearly six years after a cholera epidemic killed thousands of Haitians, the United Nations secretary general has confessed that U.N. peacekeepers likely caused the illness to spread. The admission of guilt comes after a report prepared by Philip Alston, a human rights lawyer and U.N. special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, was leaked to the NY Times.

In a confidential report to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Alston states that the epidemic "would not have broken out but for the actions of the United Nations." Ban Ki-moon released a statement confirming that the United Nations played a role in the epidemic, but did not explicitly acknowledge the organization's role in creating the crisis.