Words of comfort have resonated across Haiti. In the ruins of Notre Dame Cathedral they payed their final respects to an Archbishop and Vicar General and honoured all the victims killed in the tragic quake. “It is not the rich or the poor who have lost, we are all together,” they say in their grief. Mourning has enveloped the capital.
Rescue work amongst the rubble has been halted. Haiti’s government has made what it called the “heartbreaking” decision to declare the search and rescue phase over. The decision was taken after advice from experts.
Throughout the country people still clamour for medical assistance, food and water. It is reckoned up to three million are hurt or homeless. The focus is now on their plight with the UN ramping up their efforts to provide humanitarian aid.
Reports say distribution is still haphazard, one camp received three times what they needed others nothing.
In one area there have been signs the Caribbean country is nudging towards some form of normality.Shops have re-opened selling food.
Queues formed outside banks which have re-opened to Haitians desperate to get cash to buy essentials. Like the food in the shops money is scarce. Providing for everyone in equal measure remains a daunting task.