Relief Workers Head for the Philippines, Haitians Take UN To Court
Tue Nov 12, 2013 5:7AM
As relief workers are pouring into the Philippines after a disastrous typhoon, the U-N is facing a lawsuit from Haitians who say it caused an outbreak of cholera in their country.In the Philippines, over 10,000 people are estimated to have died as a result of typhoon. The President of the Philippines has declared a national state of calamity. United Nations relief workers are pouring into the country. Chris Lom, Spokesperson for the United Nations International Organization for Migration explained that many in the country were still displaced by an earthquake, making the effects of the typhoon far more devastating. As U.N. relief workers pour into the Philippines, United Nation's relief work elsewhere is being harshly criticized. After a devastating earthquake, Haiti experienced what has been called one of the most deadly outbreaks of Cholera in history. Evidence now shows that it was United Nations workers who brought the disease in the country, causing over 8,000 Haitians to die. Nicole Phillips, the attorney who is now working with Haitian families in a lawsuit explained how the disease spread very rapidly after being introduced by UN workers. A lawsuit against the UN has been filed in the U.S. district court in New York. As UN relief workers pour into the Philippines, the families of over 8,000 dead Haitians are demanding that the UN provide them with proper water treatment facilities, so that the disease can stop spreading.