“This is one of those moments that calls out for American leadership,” according to US President Barack Obama who has announced fresh help for Haiti.
Surrounded by Vice-President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, he pledged one of the biggest aid operations in recent US history.
“Today I am also announcing an immediate investment of 100 millions dollars to support our relief efforts,” Obama told reporters at the White House. “This will mean more life-saving equipment, food, water and medicine that will be needed”.
He then spoke directly to disaster victims.
“To the people of Haiti, we say clearly and with conviction: you will not be forsaken, you will not be forgotten. In this, your hour of greatest need, America stands with you, the world stands with you. We know that you are a strong and resilient people. You have endured a history of slavery and struggle, of natural disaster and recovery and, through it all, your spirit has been unbroken and your faith has been unwavering.”
Obama has reportedly asked his predecessors George W. Bush and Bill Clinton – the UN’s Special Envoy for Haiti – to help the quake relief effort.