Anger Rising in Haiti Amid Slow Relief

Survivors break into UN warehouse, but get little
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2010 9:48 AM CST
Anger Rising in Haiti Amid Slow Relief
Two-year-old Redjeson Hausteen Claude is happy to see his mother Daphnee Plaisin, after he is rescued from a collapsed home.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

(Newser) – Earthquake survivors desperate for food broke into a UN warehouse in Port-au-Prince today, a sign of the growing frustration at delays in relief. UN officials say they've recovered nearly all of their stocks, however, and pledged to hand out 6,000 tons of food shortly. But with necessities such as water, medical supplies, and heavy moving equipment slow to arrive, anger and despair are rising among the tens of thousands of survivors in the capital.

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"We're all aware that the situation is getting more tense as the poorest people who need so much are waiting for deliveries," a Brazilian peacekeeper tells the Guardian. "They are slowly getting more angry," a UN official tell the New York Times. In other developments:

  • Cuba gave the US permission to use its airspace for relief flights.
  • About 4,000 inmates who escaped from the main prison remain at large.
  • About 7,000 bodies have been buried so far in a mass grave.
  • Two big aftershocks rattled the capital again today.
(Read more Haiti stories.)

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