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UN chief sorry for UN role in deadly Haiti cholera outbreak

  • A protester holds up a sign during a demonstration against the UN mission in downtown Port-au-Prince

    A protester holds up a sign during a demonstration against the UN mission in downtown Port-au-Prince  (Copyright Reuters 2016)

  • Haitians cholera victims receive treatment inside a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in Port-au-Prince

    Haitians cholera victims receive treatment inside a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in Port-au-Prince  (Copyright Reuters 2016)

Outgoing United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized to the people of Haiti on Thursday for the world body's role in a deadly cholera outbreak that has killed more than 9,300 people and was blamed on Nepali U.N. peacekeepers.

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Haiti was free of cholera until 2010, when the peacekeepers dumped infected sewage into a river. The United Nations does not accept legal responsibility for the outbreak of the disease that causes uncontrollable diarrhea and has sickened 800,000 people.