International efforts at securing funding for Haiti’s future have been stepped up while starving survivors have been fighting for UN aid.
Peacekeeping troops have intensified the distribution of food and water amid persistent complains from survivors that aid is still not reaching them.
At one point sacks of beans and other staple foods were dumped on the road while people scrambled to get what they could.
Away from the front line of the relief programme
and in Canada an emergency meeting of Haiti’s creditors has set a date in March for a donor pledging conference.
US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton warned conference delegates:
“It’s important that we see ourselves as partners with Haiti, not patrons; that we work intensely together to produce results that can be seen and felt by the Haitian people themselves. Our goal is a peaceful and prosperous future for the people of Haiti.”
While rescue teams in Port-au-Prince go through the rubble more in the expectation of recovering bodies rather than finding anyone alive, one Mexican volunteer group is still searching pockets of a destroyed hotel – just in case.
It has been said it is likely to take ten years to rebuild the shattered country but reconstruction cannot come soon enough for many.