Sick victims receive treatment during cholera crisis in Haiti, October 2010
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Haiti cholera victims file claim against United Nations

9 October 2013 Last updated at 15:36 BST

Victims of the Haiti cholera epidemic are filing a multi-billion dollar compensation claim against the UN in a New York court.

Lawyers representing the families of over 8,000 people who died, and hundreds of thousands of people who fell sick, say UN peacekeepers inadvertently introduced the diarrhoea-like disease into Haiti in late 2010.

The United Nations has formally rejected compensation claims by victims of the cholera outbreak.

Mark Doyle reports.