Mayor Renard Appalled by MINUSTAH's Denial of New Feces Dumping
- Sunday, August 14, 2011 6:25 PM
HINCHE, Haiti - The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti's (MINUSTAH) denial that a unit based in Hinche dumped its feces near a river last week is being denounced by local authorities.
"It turned out that the allegations were unfounded," said MINUSTAH in a communication a few days after news of the dumping mobilized the authorities of Hinche in disdain.
Citizens, government officials and journalists had examined areas near the Guayamuc river where feces had been deposited in several places not many meters away from the river.
The United Nations (UN) mission stated that its camp in "Hinche is equipped with a waste treatment plant, which can be easily found on the spot."
However, local journalists reported that they, themselves, have found batches of feces in pits near the river and trucks from MINUSTAH participated in the transactions.
These acts have raised the hackles of residents, who themselves complain of an unsettling scent.
Mayor of Hinche, AndrÃ© Renaud, rejected the denials of MINUSTAH, and saying he was forced to conduct an operation, Wednesday, August 10, 2011, to try to eliminate, by fire, waste he considers dangerous to the people of his city.
"I have mobilized the workers and bought gasoline. I'll send the note to the UN," he declared.
The mayor also believes that the executive and legislative branches should take their "responsibilities" in this case, because of the risk of cholera that continues to wreak havoc in the country. Since October, the cholera epidemic has killed nearly 6,000.
It is in a nearby town of Mirebalais that saw the eruption of the disease to which a scientific study performed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention found its origin to be from a MINUSTAH base in the area. The United Nations also denies the findings of the CDC report.
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