In Haiti, aid is finally getting to the people
Slowed by logistics at the airport and a weak infrastructure that makes transportation difficult, crucial food, water, and medical supplies are just now making it to many desperate Haitians.
Mary Knox Merrill / The Christian Science Monitor
Relief aid, which has piled up at the airport in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, is finally making its way to communities that have not received any help since last Tuesday's magnitude-7.0 earthquake left hundreds of thousands of Haitians homeless and hungry.
The desperation, and mounting tension, is clear across the city.
At a makeshift settlement near the airport, groups of Haitians scrambled to get vitamin-enriched cookies from the World Food Program. Those outside clawed at the gate while United Nations peacekeepers guarded the area.
Slowed by logistics at the airport and a weak infrastructure that makes transportation difficult if not impossible, aid groups have complained about the slow trickle of medical and humanitarian aid that in too many cases is meaning the difference between life and death in the devastated capital.