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UN Calls Haitian IDPs "Promiscuous," Ladsous Stonewalls, Will Amos Answer?

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, January 6 -- The UN churns out millions of words, but every once in a while there is one that makes or should make one stop and take notice.

   The UN has written that there is "promiscuity in most of the camps" in Haiti.

  This is not from a leaked e-mail. This is a formal, glossy report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, here at Page 3.

  The OCHA report goes on to cite "one of such camps, Gaston Margon in the Carrefour commune south of Port-au-Prince," but mentions "358,000 people still in camps."

  So how many of these 358,000 Haitians is the UN saying are "promiscuous"?

  The report was tweeted on January 5 by the UN Department for Peacekeeping Operations -- the same DPKO which almost incontrovertibly brought cholera to Haiti, via unscreened peacekeepers.

   Inner City Press has asked DPKO chief Herve Ladsous what steps if any he has taken to try to avoid bringing cholera to another country.

  Ladsous refused to answer that question, nor questions about 126 rapes in late November in Minova by DPKO's partners in the Congolese Army. Video here.

   OCHA chief Valerie Amos did take Inner City Press' question about the rapes in Minova, and has said she will check and get back with answers, including to the question asked of her and Ladsous; which units of the Congolese army were in Minova during the 126 rapes, and does the UN still work with them.

   But now Baroness Amos may also want to answer and act on this question: is OCHA really calling Haitians in Internally Displaced Person's camps promiscuous? Watch this site.

Footnote: Inner City Press has exclusively reported that to take over as head of the UN's MINUSTAH mission in Haiti, the candidate Honore from Trinidad & Tobago proposed to the Security Council by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was withdrawn.

  Now, Latin UN sources tell Inner City Press there is still no consensus, and MINUSTAH may have to bumble forward with an "acting" chief or charge d'affaires. Watch this site.

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