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Desperation breeds violence in Haiti

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Desperation breeds violence in Haiti


Desperation mixed with anger and frustration at the slow pace of aid being distributed has provoked a second day of violence in the Haitian capital.

With little or no food or water, hundreds of looters swarmed, smashing shops searching for anything that might help. As people fought among themselves, at least two suspected looters were shot dead.

Earlier, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited a makeshift settlement for some of the earthquake survivors. The UN chief called the situation “ one of the worst humanitarian crisis in decades.”

As Ban got ready to leave, some Haitians shouted “where is the food?” and also demanded that international relief be given directly to the people – not the Haitian government whom they described as thieves.

Logistical logjams have slowed the delivery of medical and food supplies for the wounded, hungry and homeless. However, there have been small signs of progress as aid workers managed to deliver some supplies and assistance.

Even so, as the days pass, hope slips away of finding people still alive in the rubble – government officials estimate a death toll of between 100,000 and 200,000.

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