Aftershocks and aid delays feed Haitian anger

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Aftershocks and aid delays feed Haitian anger

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US marines have been trying to expel journalists from Haiti’s main airport, which is struggling under the weight of aid trying to get into the country.

A powerful aftershock yesterday exacerbated tensions that were already frayed by the slow trickle of vital supplies to the injured and homeless.

Euronews’ Luis Carballo is among the journalists being asked to leave the airport in Port-au-Prince. He says it is one of the few places where it is still possible to find work in the Haitian capital and that hundreds and hundreds of Haitians gather here from daybreak looking for a job. “Hope doesn’t last very long, just the time it takes to reach the control point, which they are not allowed to pass,” he reports.

US and Canadian forces are trying to open new access routes to deliver much needed aid. But frustration is bubbling over, nine days after the quake struck.

One angry woman described how all the foreign personnel on the ground were making little difference, saying:

There are a lot of people, a lot of American people, French and all kinds of people coming here. What do they come here for? Do they come here to help us? We don’t find any help. Nobody finds any help. There are a lot of kids on the street, people are dying all over the streets. We still have people under the debris. I mean, what did they come here to do – to help us or to look around or to make fun of us or what?

The supply of aid is improving but it’s still not enough to provide for the three million people that the Red Cross says need it.

In the meantime, amid the aftershocks, officials fear that the frustration could soon turn to desperation and widespread violence.