By Charissa Zehr
“For I was…thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…I was sick and you took care of me…” –Matthew 25:35-36
Water is a source of life—an essential component of any community’s health and well-being. But what do people do when the water they rely on becomes a source of sickness and death?
In mid-October 2010, the worst cholera epidemic in the world erupted in Haiti. Numerous scientists, including a panel of experts appointed by the United Nations (U.N.), documented that U.N. peacekeepers in Haiti introduced cholera by improperly disposing of contaminated sewage into the country’s largest river. Before 2010, not a single life had been lost to cholera in Haiti. In the last five years, 8,847 people have died, and more than 746,000 have fallen ill.
While cases of cholera declined last year, trends reversed in 2015 and cases spiked early in the year. A stewing migration crisis at the border, precipitated by the Dominican Republic’s deportation of Haitian migrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent, has led to the formation of neglected tent camps across their shared border. Fears were confirmed this week when…