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FIGHT THE OUTBREAK: HOLDING THE UN ACCOUNTABLE FOR CHOLERA IN HAITI

 

FIGHT THE OUTBREAK:
HOLDING THE UN ACCOUNTABLE FOR
CHOLERA IN HAITI

 

Corollary 1 minute video created
in five languages to support the campaign.

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CHALLENGE

To push for the UN to accept responsibility for introducing Cholera to Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, and show, using victims stories, the need for reparations and UN accountability to change their testing systems so that such a tragedy would be prevented in the future.

SOLUTION

 

OVERVIEW

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To create two videos, one to be used in in person presentations at the UN and other decision-making bodies, and another short video in five languages to be used to mobilize citizens to push for UN accountability.

In 2010, the UN introduced Cholera to Haiti, already devastated by the tragic 2010 earthquake that killed over 300,000 people. A report was authored by scientists, doctors, academics and other experts after the Cholera Outbreak that traced the introduction of Cholera to Haiti to a group of Nepalese Peacekeepers who came from a Cholera endemic region and were deployed without adequate testing. Furthermore, during their stay in Haiti, they emptied letrines from their camp into the largest river in Haiti, which provides food for over 80% of the country, causing the rapid spread of the disease. At the time of production, over 500,000 people had been infected and 7000 people had perished. Victims livelihoods were destroyed and they needed the UN’s help to reverse the damage and help them build back their lives.

To respond to this tragedy, and support a lawsuit at the UN brought by our partners, we created two videos that were used as part of a campaign that successfully got the UN to admit to its role in introducing Cholera to Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010.  We interviewed doctors, lawyers, experts and most importantly victims to show the devastation caused by the Cholera outbreak, to raise awareness about the fact that it was the UN that introduced Cholera to Haiti, and to demonstrate the need to pay for damages incurred by victims so that they could rebuild their lives.

The longer video was used in dozens of meetings with UN officers and legislators in the U.S. and also to inform mass media, including the New York Times, who published stories informing the public of the UN’s negligence and responsibility for the Cholera outbreak. The 1 minute video available in 5 languages targeting civil society in the primary peacekeeping donor countries to Haiti, which sought to pressure the UN to respond.
Created with the New Media Advocacy Project. The 6-minute video is available in Haitian Creole and English. The 1 minute video is available in English, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, French and Spanish.

SELECTED PRESS COVERAGE

NPR, New York Times, Huffington Post, Haiti Liberte, Article3Advisors, US Human Rights Network, Global Policy Forum, Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti.