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    Posted January 19, 2010 by
    Port-Au-Principe, Haiti
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Haiti earthquake aftermath

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    Food and water are not getting to the Haitian people fast enough!


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Nearshore described the scene in Haiti as 'unimaginable.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    This past Saturday, January 16th a group of us from Nearshore Call Center Services located in the Dominican Republic took a big enclosed truck of food, water, clothes, and medicine that we bought and collected from our employees.  We were amazed that the Hospital (Haitian Freres Community Hospital in Port-au-Principe) that we took the boxes of medicine to had hardly any medical supplies.  There were many patients outside the hospital because there was no room inside.


    As we continued through the streets of Port-au-Principe we were surprised that we didn't see any trucks handing out food and water for the 4 hours we were in the streets of Port-au-Principe.  At our first stop to deliver rationed bags of food, water, and clothes at a small park which was now a makeshift camp of homeless we met with the mayor of Port-au-Principe to help us with the logistics.  Despite his help and providing us with a few Haitian police officers the long lines quickly turned into a rush of shoving and fighting out of desperation.  We had to stop and close our doors and leave.  The next two stops we made were in less populated areas of Port-au-Principe where we would just pull up a street, stop and open our doors.  Lines quickly formed and people seemed to come out of nowhere to get food and water.  The saddest part is that at each stop we simply didn't have enough to feed everyone in the line.  The disappointment and frustration could be seen on their faces as we left.


    Only once did we pass a convoy of UN trucks and troops.  Although I am sure it is not true, it seemed like we were the only ones in the streets distributing aid.  Based on the long lines and what we saw on the faces of the people the aid is just not getting there fast enough; and if it is, it is not enough.  Although I am sure that eventually plenty of aid and help will be on the ground, it is very heartbreaking and frustrating to see that people are dying and suffering now because action is not happening during the most critical time, when they most need it, after the quake.  Forget the logistics and the red tape and just get the food and water to the people now.


    Nearshore is going again with a loaded truck of food and water from Santo Domingo today and Saturday.    


    Chris Hales


    Nearshore Call Center Services

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