At Les Cayes hospital, a van has just arrived in the courtyard. A crowd is created. “It’s the food for the patients”, explains an employee. But it is not the patients in the hospital who take the contents of the van. “It’s not my fault, people are hungry, we have to give them food … It’s really difficult, really very difficult,” he explains.
Six days after the earthquake in Haiti, the victims still lack everything, especially food. Many still sleep outside, like in this schoolyard where 300 people have taken up residence. On the ground there are only two small camping tents. “We have not yet received any help. For the moment we have nothing. The tents there, we bought them, they do not come from the help”, shows a man who is impatient. “We would like those in charge to take their responsibilities. The State, but also the NGOs, international and national. That they take their responsibilities and that they come to help us”, he implores.
A week after the earthquake, people are thirsty. In devastated neighborhoods, there is no running water, women wash their laundry in stagnant puddles. And then, a week later, the region is still at a standstill. No work, no activity, difficult to move around, especially because of the continuing shortage of gasoline. Along the road, Nadège sells small unleaded bottles that she managed to find: “We managed to buy some gasoline when we found it. We try to sell it, but people don’t have the money to buy it.”, she says.
No money, little food, no materials to rebuild, so people are waiting by the side of the roads in front of their houses. They have been waiting for help for a week.
Haiti: earthquake victims await aid – report by Boris Loumagne