In this January 7, 2020 photo, Giveline Volcine studies in front of her home as neighbours pass by in Canaan, a district in Croix des Bouquets, Haiti, created for people who lost their homes in the earthquake 10 years ago. Home to more than 300,000 people, Canaan has no running water, electricity or other public services, despite repeated promises that NGOs, foreign governments and Haitian officials would help.

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — People affected by the cholera epidemic that swept through this French-speaking Caribbean Community country 10 years ago have asked the State and the international community to ensure that rights and expectations of victims are at the heart of priorities and all forms of assistance.

The request was made during an international conference held here last week on responding to the needs of cholera victims .

This conference brought together civil society organisations, representatives of the Haitian authorities, doctors, sociologists, as well as lawyers from Haiti and various other countries.

Ten years have passed since the start of the cholera epidemic, introduced by Nepalese MINUSTAH soldiers whose sewage was negligently discharged into a tributary of the Artibonite.

While the eradication of the epidemic itself is welcome, the reparation and assistance to which the victims are entitled has still not been provided. Continue reading

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