November 14, 2010
The heat was sweltering, and we took about 20 children from the orphanage I was working in to play in the water at Plage Presidan, a beach near Kaliko. On the way, we passed a river called R Du Culde, where I watched women washing clothes and bathing their children. I remember feeling a sharp sense of disbelief when I saw that others were relieving themselves upstream.
I have a friend that always says, "A plus B does not equal C in Haiti."
I learned that, as an awkward nineteen year old fumbling through culture, and the way it plays out in our interactions.
Now, I'm learning it again.
We're all learning it again, as we look into the cause behind Haiti's Cholera outbreak.
Some are blaming it on the UN. Some are blaming the earthquake. Others are saying that it has nothing to do with it. Others still, are saying that the lack of medical care in rural areas is behind the spread. Poor planning could, of course, have been the cause.
Some are saying it doesn't matter where it came from.
But I think it does. I think it matters because, in truth, everyone is saying the same thing a thousand different ways.
Cholera, in Haiti, is spreading because of a lack of sanitation.
Clarens Renois, of AFP, reported that, "An estimated 1.3 million Haitians live in refugee camps, most in tent cities around the capital where water-borne cholera could spread easily in filthy conditions where scarce supplies are shared for cooking and washing."
The Washington Post reported that, "The massive earthquake in January devastated Haiti's infrastructure, making residents vulnerable to outbreaks of cholera and other waterborne diseases."
I feel that, perhaps, Cholera was one out of innumerable evils that were bound to come about, due to Haiti's lack of sanitation.
BBC's Sigrun Rottmann reported that,