International aid begins to arrive in Haiti

Getting it to remote areas still a struggle.

  • U.N.'s Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed arrives in Haiti to express solidarity.  

Les Cayes, Aug.20.– Desperation was growing among Haitians in the most remote parts of the country on Friday but international aid was finally, slowly reaching Haiti’s devastated southwestern peninsula nearly a week after a catastrophic earthquake.

In the city of Les Cayes, hundreds of people surrounded shipping trailers carrying supplies for earthquake victims, waiting for food and other basic necessities.

In one part of the city, residents forced open the doors of a Haiti Red Cross truck and ran off carrying mattresses. In the outskirts, residents in Camp-Perrin looted a truck doing food distributions.

Food for the Poor, a Coconut Creek-based charity, confirmed Friday night that four of its trucks were attacked in the areas of Duchity, Katuche and Camp-Perrin.

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, the first notable international figure to visit Haiti in the aftermath of the 7.2-magnitude quake, landed in Les Cayes to tour what she called “a dire and tragic situation.”

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