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Helping the helpless in Haiti: relief mission becomes more urgent & complicated




A Haitian earthquake survivor holds her child near a collapsed building in Jacmel on January 19, 2010 a week after the country was shattered by a massive 7.0-magnitude quake. The Haitian government said 70,000 bodies had been buried in mass graves since the earthquake flattened much of the impoverished Caribbean nation on January 12, triggering a massive humanitarian crisis. Officials fear the eventual death toll could top 200,000.
A Haitian earthquake survivor holds her child near a collapsed building in Jacmel on January 19, 2010 a week after the country was shattered by a massive 7.0-magnitude quake. The Haitian government said 70,000 bodies had been buried in mass graves since the earthquake flattened much of the impoverished Caribbean nation on January 12, triggering a massive humanitarian crisis. Officials fear the eventual death toll could top 200,000.
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One week after the massive earthquake in Haiti the situation remains desperate and rather hopeless, as Haitians still have no government on which to rely and are still waiting on tons of international aid to start to have an impact. The United Nations is sending over 3,000 peacekeepers to Haiti in an attempt to bolster security which has been slowly eroding as desperate masses are starting to riot and loot for any available food and supplies. There’s gridlock at the Port-au-Prince airport as relief supplies struggle to come into Haiti and meanwhile a minor diplomatic skirmish has broken out over who should manage the overall mission. Does Haiti have a chance for normalcy at any point in the near future?

Guests:

Michael Hammer, spokesman for the National Security Council at the White House

Patrick McCormick, emergencies communication officer for UNICEF