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UN faces lawsuit over Haiti cholera epidemic

A Haitian with symptoms of cholera is transported in a wheelbarrow at the slum of Cite-Soleil in Port-au-Prince November 19, 2010. The United Nations-led international response to Haiti's deadly cholera epidemic is "inadequate" and woefully short of funding, aid groups, including the U.N. humanitarian agency, said on Friday. (REUTERS/ Eduardo Munoz)

UN faces lawsuit over Haiti cholera epidemic

Human rights lawyers representing Haitian victims of a cholera epidemic they blame on U.N. peacekeepers announced on Wednesday they were filing a lawsuit against the United Nations, with a New York court seeking compensation from the world body.

The decision to file suit comes after the United Nations said earlier this year that it would not pay hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation claimed by cholera victims in impoverished Haiti, where the epidemic has killed over 8,300 people and sickened more than 650,000 since October 2010.