Hungry, homeless, tired and traumatised. A new realm of reality for thousands of Haitians.
Forced to spend another night in streets strewn with rubble and scattered bodies, continuing
aftershocks are adding to the widespread panic and despair as people try to help each other, look after the injured or search for lost loved ones.
“We need international help. There is no help, no hospital, no electricity. Nothing. No food, no phone, no water, nothing. There are too many people dying,” said one man, sobbing, dazed and wandering the streets of Port-au-Prince.
Many of those who can walk or be moved have no place to go with roads and streets blocked by debris.
Another man blamed the government for the catastrophe: “The government knew this was going to happen. The scientists warned them but they didn’t warn the people in the country!”
The people of Haiti are used to upheavals. The country has a long history of political unrest and natural disasters, but nothing it has experienced can surely compare to this – the most powerful earthquake in two centuries.