You didn't drink the water did you, Conan? Oh….that's too bad. No, rum does not protect you. Your shots are all up to date, right? And you did get the sub-saharan African upgrade, too? Right? None of those? Eewww!! Your probably not gonna have much fun in about 18 hrs.
— ThePublicEditor.com (@TPE_PubEditor) January 23, 2018
We learn this from NPR, “Port-Au-Prince: A City Of Millions, With No Sewer System“. The grisly facts do seem to substantiate the claim that Haiti could possibly be a “Shit-Hole”. The people, though, not so much.
Port-au-Prince is about the size of Chicago. But it doesn’t have a sewer system. It’s one of the largest cities in the world without one.
Since cholera was introduced into Haiti 18 months ago — most likely by United Nations peacekeeping troops from Nepal, where the disease is endemic — more than a half-million people have gotten sick and at least 7,050 have died.
Public health authorities say cholera will stay in the environment for a long time, because Haiti has the worst sanitation in this hemisphere.
It’s hard for Americans to imagine what this means.
The cumulative sewage of 3 million people flows through open ditches. It mixes with ubiquitous piles of garbage. Each night, an all-but-invisible army of workers called bayakou descend into man-sized holes with buckets to remove human waste from septic pits and latrines, then dump it into the canals that cut through the city.