Humanity vs Impunity. Will the UN now compensate Haiti’s cholera victims?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 20, 2016


I was in Haiti in February 2013, when the United Nations took the unusual decision to invoke legal immunity as a way of dealing with claims for compensation from 5,000 victims of the Haiti cholera epidemic. Click here for the story I wrote for The Guardian at the time. It was a straight up-and-down report on the … Continue reading “Humanity vs Impunity. Will the UN now compensate Haiti’s cholera victims?”

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Key lessons for Nepal from post-quake Haiti, but will anyone listen?

by Rashmee

Posted on April 29, 2015


“The Interim Haiti Recovery Commission needed to be swift and nimble,” writes American anthropologist, physician, good Samaritan and Haiti-enthusiast Paul Farmer about how things needed to be right after the January 12, 2010 earthquake. “…the rules of the road for development assistance needed to be re-written, not to favour contractors and middlemen and trauma vultures, … Continue reading “Key lessons for Nepal from post-quake Haiti, but will anyone listen?”

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Nepal & Haiti were once part of different community of sorrow: cholera

by Rashmee

Posted on April 28, 2015


Till Saturday’s earthquake, the only time the words “Haiti” and “Nepal” appeared in one sentence, was in reference to the cholera epidemic unwittingly started by Nepalese United Nations peacekeepers stationed in Haiti. It seemed an excessively cruel twist to a pathetic story – dirt-poor Haiti, leveled by a devastating earthquake in January 2010, infected by … Continue reading “Nepal & Haiti were once part of different community of sorrow: cholera”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK