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Euronews reporter visits Port-au-Prince

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Euronews reporter visits Port-au-Prince


Euronews reporter, Luis Carballo, has flown to the Haitian capital, to witness how people are coping with the disaster. From there, he sent this special report:

“On our first day in Port-au-Prince, we can see for ourselves that Haiti is getting more out of control.”

“We spent most of the day in a poor suburb of the city. It is a desolate landscape, very similar to any favela in Brazil.”

“There we saw thousands of destroyed houses and bodies on the streets, five days after the terrible earthquake.”

“We saw little aid reaching this area. Rescue teams are scarce, appearing only occasionally. Even if neighbours know where the bodies are under the rubble, they simply have no means to extract them, and this is a big problem. So, much of the time, the Haitians are digging out the bodies themselves, using whatever tools they can find or just using their hands.”

“The presence of the American army on the streets was rare, in contrast to the airport, where the soldiers sent by the Pentagon don’t stop arriving.”

“On the streets, we also saw just a few of the UN’s blue helmets, at least in the zones we could visit.”

“Moving around in the Haitian capital is very difficult. The roads are still full of bodies and smashed cars. Various NGOs we contacted, estimate that up to the 50 per cent of Port-au-Prince’s buildings have been damaged in some way There is no electricity. Even the airport is using generators.”

“Water and food are scarce. What is available is hard to find and expensive.”

“The State simply does not exist anymore in Haiti. Some diplomats told us that they wonder if it ever existed before.”

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