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    Posted December 10, 2010 by
    Cite Soleil, Haiti
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Cholera outbreak

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    Rioting and chaos affects cholera treatment


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     RoseannD, who works with Samaritan's Purse, says the organization's cholera clinic in Cite Soleil, Haiti, went into lockdown yesterday as a demonstration of more than 2,000 people gathered just outside. Yelling and gunshots could be heard during the 30 to 45 minute ordeal, she said. 'We had to bring emergency trucks for water because the water trucks haven’t been running. With our latrines, we’re overflowed because desludging trucks aren’t running. We had our sanitation department running makeshift latrines overnight. It affects our operations. We’re not stopping our treatment, but we’ve had to be creative with the movement of supplies and staff,' she said.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    Today, outside our Cite Soleil cholera clinic, over 2,000 people engaged in a manifestation between warring gangs. Gunfire and yelling filled the streets. Tomorrow, we have been warned of a planned riot that will cause much disturbance.


    When unrest happens in Haiti, many things are affected, like access to water, the emptying of latrines, transport of patients.


    These things are particularly a hindrance when you are trying to treat cholera in a place where the cases aren't slowing.


    Today and yesterday, the water trucks stopped running. The latrine desludging trucks didn't come. Transport for the sick has been limited to non-existent. We wonder how many people are unable to get help because they can't find transport. All present big logistical challenges for our cholera clinics.


    Our water and sanitation team worked all through the night last night to build emergency latrines at our Samaritan's Purse cholera treatment center because the trucks wouldn't come to empty our latrines. We also had to bring in an emergency 2,400 gallons of treated water because our water trucks weren't running. Life stops, people are scared to move.  We won't be able to sustain this for too many more days.


    Treating cholera is a 24-hour job. But despite the chaos, it's a job we can't abandon.  We are not leaving Cite Soleil because of young children like Valendy, who tried to recover and rest with her hands over her ears to block out the noise outside.

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