In the past the US military has occupied Haiti and supported its dictators. Now it is there to lead the aid effort. Euronews asked its special correspondant on the ground about the reception US troops are getting.
Luis Carballo reports from the airport in Port-au-Prince: “Haitiens understand one thing very clearly: they are aware that they are experiencing an immense tragedy and that anyone coming here is coming to help them, including the Americans. But they are starting to get angry that almost a week after the earthquake, aid is still not reaching some areas and neither are rescue teams. So we’re starting to see more and more aggressive behaviour. Today at the entrance to the airport there were hundreds and hundreds of Haitiens trying to get in to be evacuated. Things here were getting very tense.”
He adds that trying to put a number on the number of fatalities is purely guesswork and is not a priority on the ground:
“It’s almost impossible to make credible estimates in Haiti because there was a lack of proper civil registration and those records that did exist were destroyed by the earthquake. The press here is trying perhaps too much to focus on the actual number of deaths and that is maybe overshadowing the real issue, which is the suffering of the Haitien people.”