Haiti links: Caracol industrial park inauguration; Haiti to the AU?; new evidence on cholera and the U.N.; more
1. Le Nouvelliste editor-in-chief Frantz Duval on today’s inauguration of the Caracol Industrial Park, the largest single investment in the aftermath of the earthquake: “Les factorys, Hillary, le Nord et nous.” Backers say the park will bring tens of thousands of factory jobs to the area, but the project has been criticized for the low-wages factory jobs will pay and over other labor and environmental concerns. The inauguration will feature Bill and Hillary Clinton and other American celebs; more details from The AP here.
2. From The Guardian: “Haiti to join the African Union? Why not … ”
The Senegalese consultant Babacar M’Bow, who has been working behind the scenes for AU membership for Haiti, summarised his view of what Africans think about Haitians. “[Africans] think ‘well they shipped you over there, so come back to us.’ It looks like they just might.
3. “Christiano Francois has gone from earthquake-ravaged Haiti to top-ranked Maryland soccer.” A Washington Post story on Francois and the earthquake’s effect on soccer in Haiti.
4. “Haiti cholera epidemic ‘most likely’ started at UN camp—top scientist.” A U.S. cholera expert who co-authored the U.N.’s 2011 report on the cholera epidemic now more confident that peacekeepers brought cholera to Haiti.
Now, Dr Lantagne says the new genome data (in addition to other evidence) has changed her view since she had co-authored the UN report which effectively said no-one was to blame.
”We can now say,” Dr Lantagne said, “that the most likely source of the introduction of cholera into Haiti was someone infected with the Nepal strain of cholera and associated with the United Nations Mirebalais camp.”
The UN’s Head of Humanitarian Affairs in Haiti, Nigel Fisher, acknowledged the new information but said he could not comment on its substance.
”I know there’s new information there,” Mr Fisher said.
”But the investigation is still with the [UN’s New York] legal office, so I’m not able to say anything at this time until that’s gone through the due process.”
5. The New York Times reviews Wyclef Jean’s recently-published memoir, Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story. The review is mostly positive and hardly mentions alleged financial wrongdoing by Jean’s charity in the wake of the earthquake. The Times recently devoted a couple thousand words and a front-page story to that topic.