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Hunger and violence grip Port-au-Prince

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Thousands of Haiti's quake victims are struggling to board rickety wooden buses and open trucks to flee the hunger and violence ravaging the shattered capital.

Looters were rampaging through part of downtown Port-au-Prince even as the Security Council voted to add 2,000 troops to the 7,000 military peacekeepers already in the country.

Police Chief Mario Andersol said that he can muster only 2,000 officers in the capital, down from 4,500 before the quake, and they "are not trained to deal with this kind of situation."

Outbursts of violence have slowed distribution of supplies, leaving many troubled Haitians still without help a week after the quake killed an estimated 200,000 people.

The inefficient supply of daily necessities such as food and drinkable water have turned the city into an epicenter of despair.

Aid not visible downtown

International aid is not seen in the downtown area, with the exception of a few Red Cross tents that have been established in some regions, according to Silvester Stok, a camera man with Television Slovania, who has now been in the port city for five days.

"People become angry, I do not know why they do not deliver food and water (to the victims), they have everything at the airport," said Stok, who travels everyday from downtown to the airport to gather information for disaster relief.

"This is my three-story house, it collapsed totally," said Bien-Alme Pascal, taking out his mobile phone and showing a picture of the debris.

Six members of his family all died when the magnitude-7.0 earthquake hit the poorest nation in the western hemisphere nine days ago.

"When we call the government (for help), the government is mute," Pascal said.

Linda Pascal, Bien-Alme's elder sister, lost her daughter and two of her grandchildren when the quake hit the country.

"My Palace (government) never guarantees anything to us. We are without any aid, any food. We have nothing," she said


(中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Hunger and violence grip Port-au-Prince

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Hunger and violence grip Port-au-Prince

Lee Hannon is Chief Editor at China Daily with 15-years experience in print and broadcast journalism. Born in England, Lee has traveled extensively around the world as a journalist including four years as a senior editor in Los Angeles. He now lives in Beijing and is happy to move to China and join the China Daily team.