Haitian Quake Victims Rush Aid Sites And Take Food And Supplies



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Police confront residents who temporarily overtook a truck loaded with relief supplies, in Les Cayes, Haiti, on Friday.

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Numa said her home was destroyed in the quake and that her sister broke her leg during the temblor.

«The food would help me a lot with the kids and my sister,» she said.

George Prosper was also in the large, anxious crowd awaiting aid.

«I am a victim. I was removed from under the debris,» the 80-year-old Prosper said. «I don’t feel well standing up right now. I can barely hold myself up.»

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Residents crowd in front of a truck loaded with relief supplies in Vye Terre, Haiti, on Friday.

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A woman carries food aid in Camp Perrin, Haiti, on Friday.

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People line up for food aid in Camp Perrin, Haiti, on Friday.

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Prime Minister Ariel Henry on Friday asked international governments and aid groups to funnel all of their donations through the country’s civil protection agency, «which will specify the needs of each town, each village and each remote area not yet attended.»

U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, on a two-day mission to Haiti, met with Henry on Thursday and also visited quake victims in the city of Les Cayes. She said Friday that she was «particularly impressed by the work» of Haiti’s civil protection agency, and that the agency «must be empowered to lead a coordinated response.»

Henry said earlier this week that his administration will work to not «repeat history on the mismanagement and coordination of aid,» a reference to the chaos that followed the country’s devastating 2010 earthquake, when the government was accused of not getting all of the money raised by donors to the people who needed it.

Mohammed said doing things differently this time «will require investing in long-term development and supporting government leadership.»

The Core Group, a coalition of key international diplomats from the United States and other nations that monitors Haiti, said in a statement Wednesday that its members are «resolutely committed to working alongside national and local authorities to ensure that impacted people and areas receive adequate assistance as soon as possible.»



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