PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Aid agencies say they have delivered emergency shelter to half of the 1.3 million people in need following the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti.
Gregg McDonald of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies calls the milestone “an achievement that should not be underestimated.”
The agencies announced the accomplishment Sunday, saying they hope to reach two-thirds of the homeless by April 1, when rains officially start.
The massive humanitarian effort has been criticized for a slow start and early rains have added to the misery of tens of thousands living in impromptu camps under bed sheets stuck on sticks.
Delivery was hampered by a destroyed port, clogged airport and blocked roads.
It simply isn’t true!
What planet are these people on?
I am on the ground here and much more than half the homeless do not have shelter, unless these turkeys consider a bed sheet, or piece of cardboard shelter. I guess by dictionary terms, this would be true, in a Clintonian twist of the English language.
The other day – Leslie Voltaire, President Preval’s reconstruction czar was filmed by CNN saying “The government has tens of thousands of tents. We are waiting to distribute these until after a commission decides which houses will be destroyed…and which repaired..” I am still trying to understand the philosophy behind this remark.
The rainy season is upon us and hundreds of thousands remain victims of the elements. Disease and infection is going to claim many more as the weeks progress, while the Preval government continues to steal whatever is not hooked down, and some things that are.
Stolen rice and tents are fetching good prices on the streets and in the Dominican Republic as Preval and his associates reap profits from their countrymen’s dispair.