But four days after the quake reduced the capital to rubble, the relief efforts are moving slowly. Aid workers report patience is wearing thin, and without some help soon, the situation could degenerate into lawlessness and chaos.
There have been numerous reports of looting. Witnesses also report men with machetes have been roaming the streets at night, helping themselves to whatever they can find in wrecked homes.
Haiti's capital is now devoid of a functioning police force. When the earthquake struck, it destroyed the city's prison, allowing thousands of inmates to escape. More HERE
The United Nations said it had fed 8,000 people, while two million to three million people remained in dire need.
Patience was wearing thin, and reports of looting increased, as another day went by with no power and limited fresh water.
There is more, as reported in the NY Times, Some people were bracing for the worst. Harold Marzouka, a Haitian-American businessman who was hustling his family onto a private jet to Miami, said he could feel the tension rising and feared that hunger and desperation might prompt an explosion of violence.“If aid doesn’t start pouring in at a significant level, there will be serious consequences on the streets,” he said. “People are in the shocked and frightened phase. But the next phase will be survival.”
In New York, the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, said he recognized that the slow pace of the relief effort could make people in Port-au-Prince restive.
For rescuers and those buried, every hour that passed was an enemy.“The time window is ever shrinking,” said Florian Westphal, a spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva.
AAPP says, "It seems that we spent billions of dollars to re-engineer FEMA and other Federal agencies to respond to emergencies of this type, yet we can't maker common sense decisions like dropping food, water, and medical supplies to the people in need. What is wrong with the Federal government? is this all a plan to depopulize Haiti?"
Listen to what other black folks think about the situation in Haiti on my BlogTalkRadio Program, as we talk about how the Haiti aid is snarled by the United States.