Hey, people, guess what? Justice isn't dead! The team behind a really great, little-noticed Al Jazeera America documentary about who caused a cholera outbreak in Haiti just won an Emmy for outstanding investigative journalism. The documentary traces the outbreak to United Nations peacekeepers, who were supposed to be protecting Haiti's population.
I'm privileged to count Sebastian Walker, the correspondent, and Jeremy Dupin, a Haitian journalist/producer extraordinaire who worked on the film as a producer, as friends and colleagues. I ran into both of them on the regular at protests and stage-managed UN press conferences in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, when I was living and reporting there. (Walker was here recently to report on heroin and painkiller addiction. He got a huge kick out of the Lenin statue in Fremont.)
The film takes you from the Haitian countryside to the sterile walls of the UN's headquarters, where Walker chases UN officials down the hallways in an attempt get answers about the organization's culpability for the outbreak. And it's only 20 minutes long, so you have no excuse not to watch it.
FYI, a lawsuit against the United Nations filed on behalf of Haitian cholera victims—more than eight thousand have died—is scheduled to be heard in New York courts on October 23, the day before "UN Day."