Current Affairs: Haiti Cholera Outbreak
Began in late October, the cholera outbreak triggered by improper sanitation have spread throughout Haiti as well as its capital, Port au Prince. At least 250 people have died and more than 3,000 are sickened by the illness, which causes diarrhoea, acute fever, vomiting and severe dehydration. Currently, only those with the most severe cases of diarrhoea are being admitted because of resource shortage. The issue have become global as the international aid organizations are scrambling to control the epidemic and over 12,000 strong UN peacekeeping forces are maintaining safety and securing within the country. Therefore, there is a significantly large foreign occupation within the country. Evidently, this disaster will bring dire political, social and economic consequences in a country already reliant on foreign relief aid to keep itself afloat after the January Earthquake disaster which killed some 250,000 people and left 1.5 million homeless. Therefore it will have further long term social impact on the fabric of the community and well being of the individuals and families. The basic survival need of water is now in jeopardy with the contamination of local water supply. As such, there are fears that it could eventually sicken 400,000 people over the next 12 months if the outbreak reaches camps housing the survivors of earthquake. With fear and frustration escalating, Haitians resorted to violence on the city streets. As such, it also poses a concern of safety and security for Canadian aid workers in Haiti. Therefore, it comes to a dilemma for whether Canada should follow its national interest of safety and security to protect its foreign aid workers and withdraw from Haiti or follow its humanitarian foreign affairs. As well, the violence could have political impacts on Haiti as it could further spark corruption in the forthcoming election. It would spark increasing corruption during the election process. The...
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