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From Another Haitian in Haiti

January 18, 2010

An email I received from someone in Haiti:

I thought I could text you, but Unfortunately I can’t. Basically, What I want to share with you is I was in Haiti for 3 days and it really opened my eyes as to what exactly is happening there. So here it goes:
Many more dead people than we are hearing about. Many of whom are still under the fallen buildings. There are still  dead bodies in the streets, and many people are dying every day because they are not getting basic health assistance. There is very little being communicated to the people. They’re confused in the street and don’t know when they will be able to go back home. I’m talking about babies, children of all ages, the elderly and so forth. They don’t know whether their houses are safe or not. The government has been uprooted by the earthquake, so the people are left with no leadership and unorganised. I came back to the DR tonight and while there In spite of having gone to many makeshift camps, I didn’t notice any food, water, or medicine distributed. Food and water is scarce so the cost of everything has multiplied exponentially. People need to understand that the situation is very serious. The priority for people right now is basic food, Haitians are survivors. Rice and beans will do. people need to know if they need to evacuate port au prince. they need temporary shelter. They need to know which of their houses are safe and which aren’t. This is the time to lavishly spend a lot of money on the unnecessary. Every cent needs to be used to the fullest. This can be done only through good coordination. We need to find a way to ensure that the assistance goes to each and everyone in need or otherwise it will be a matter of survival of the fittest.

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