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Elliane Garcon cries as she watches the body of her husband, Rene Morancy, being dumped from a front loader into a truck as crews remove bodies from the streets in the aftermath of Tuesday's earthquake in Port-au-Prince

Elliane Garcon cries as she watches the body of her husband, Rene Morancy, being dumped from a front loader into a truck as crews remove bodies from the streets in the aftermath of Tuesday's earthquake in Port-au-Prince

Gerald Herbert

An injured girl is feed by a hospital volunteer at the general hospital in Port-au-Prince, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010.

An injured girl is feed by a hospital volunteer at the general hospital in Port-au-Prince, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010.

Ariana Cubillos

An officer aims at people taking goods from quake-damaged stores in Port-au-Prince, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010.

An officer aims at people taking goods from quake-damaged stores in Port-au-Prince, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010.

Ramon Espinosa

A national police officer throws a tear gas grenade during riots in Port-au-Prince, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010.

A national police officer throws a tear gas grenade during riots in Port-au-Prince, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010.

Ramon Espinosa

Men carrying a stolen pot past a burning body in Port-au-Prince, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010.

Men carrying a stolen pot past a burning body in Port-au-Prince, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010.

Gregory Bull

In this photo provided by the U.N., United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon speaks with displaced Haitians during his trip to Port au Prince, Haiti on Sunday Jan. 17, 2010.

In this photo provided by the U.N., United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon speaks with displaced Haitians during his trip to Port au Prince, Haiti on Sunday Jan. 17, 2010.

Logan Abassi

In this Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 photo released by the U.S. Navy, people crowd on to a boat during an evacuation in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

In this Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 photo released by the U.S. Navy, people crowd on to a boat during an evacuation in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

MC2(SW) Candice Villarreal

Survivors of Tuesday's earthquake extend their arms as U.S. troops with the 82nd Airborne Division distribute water in Port-au-Prince, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010.

Survivors of Tuesday's earthquake extend their arms as U.S. troops with the 82nd Airborne Division distribute water in Port-au-Prince, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010.

Jae C. Hong

Haitians board a bus to leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010.

Haitians board a bus to leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010.

Gerald Herbert

Some of the earthquake-devastated areas of Port-au-Prince, Haiti are seen in an aerial photo, Sunday Jan. 17, 2010.

Some of the earthquake-devastated areas of Port-au-Prince, Haiti are seen in an aerial photo, Sunday Jan. 17, 2010.

Tyler Anderson

A woman run with stolen items from a collapsed store as a Haitian police officer looks on in Port-au-Prince, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010.

A woman run with stolen items from a collapsed store as a Haitian police officer looks on in Port-au-Prince, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010.

Gregory Bull

In this photo provided by MINUSTAH, Bolivian UN peacekeepers distribute water and meals to the residents in Cite Soleil

In this photo provided by MINUSTAH, Bolivian UN peacekeepers distribute water and meals to the residents in Cite Soleil

Marco Dormino

People, one holding up a knife, fight for goods taken from collapsed stores in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010.

People, one holding up a knife, fight for goods taken from collapsed stores in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010.

Gerald Herbert

In this Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 photo released by the U.S. Navy, Naval Air Crewman 2nd Class Jason Harold, of Goldsboro, N.C., transfers a young Haitian earthquake victim from a Seahawk helicopter during a medical evacuation in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

In this Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 photo released by the U.S. Navy, Naval Air Crewman 2nd Class Jason Harold, of Goldsboro, N.C., transfers a young Haitian earthquake victim from a Seahawk helicopter during a medical evacuation in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

MC2(SW) Candice Villarreal

Men carry water in Port-au-Prince, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010.

Men carry water in Port-au-Prince, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010.

Gregory Bull

A girl smiles at Park Boyer, which has been turned into a temporary camp for people whose homes have been destroyed, in the Petionville neighborhood of Port-au-Prince on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Michael Laughlin, Sun-Sentinel)

A girl smiles at Park Boyer, which has been turned into a temporary camp for people whose homes have been destroyed, in the Petionville neighborhood of Port-au-Prince on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Michael Laughlin, Sun-Sentinel)

Michael Laughlin

A United Nations worker, who was just rescued from the collapsed United Nations headquarters building, responds to questions from medical personnel as he is carried to a temporary clinic in Port-au- Prince, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010.

A United Nations worker, who was just rescued from the collapsed United Nations headquarters building, responds to questions from medical personnel as he is carried to a temporary clinic in Port-au- Prince, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010.

Julie Jacobson

People ride with a coffin on top of a car as they arrive at the morgue in the aftermath of Tuesday's earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010.

People ride with a coffin on top of a car as they arrive at the morgue in the aftermath of Tuesday's earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010.

Gerald Herbert

Earthquake survivors line up for food distributed by the UN near Cite Soleil in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010.

Earthquake survivors line up for food distributed by the UN near Cite Soleil in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010.

Francois Mori

Youths collect empty boxes after a food distribution by the UN near Cite Soleil in Port-au-Prince, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010.

Youths collect empty boxes after a food distribution by the UN near Cite Soleil in Port-au-Prince, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010.

FRANCOIS MORI

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, looters fight for a bag of materials in Haitian capital Port-au-Prince on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010.

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, looters fight for a bag of materials in Haitian capital Port-au-Prince on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010.

David de la Paz

A woman prays during Mass held outside of the city's main Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010

A woman prays during Mass held outside of the city's main Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010

Gregory Bull

A woman pleads with surgeon Dr. Augustine outside at a state-run hospital, to bandage up her daughter's legs as Augustine makes rounds to determine injuries and necessary treatment in Port au Prince, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010.

A woman pleads with surgeon Dr. Augustine outside at a state-run hospital, to bandage up her daughter's legs as Augustine makes rounds to determine injuries and necessary treatment in Port au Prince, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010.

Julie Jacobson

People wave towards a helicopter in Port-au-Prince, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010. A powerful earthquake struck Haiti Tuesday

People wave towards a helicopter in Port-au-Prince, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010. A powerful earthquake struck Haiti Tuesday

Gregory Bull

A rescue worker from Luxemburg rest with his search dog at the tarmac of the airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010. Search-and-rescue, medical and other specialists from different countries continue to arrive in Haiti after the powerful earthquake that hit the country on Tuesday

A rescue worker from Luxemburg rest with his search dog at the tarmac of the airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010. Search-and-rescue, medical and other specialists from different countries continue to arrive in Haiti after the powerful earthquake that hit the country on Tuesday

Ricardo Arduengo

People look for survivors in the wreckage of the collapsed Catherine Flon school in Carrefour, outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010.

People look for survivors in the wreckage of the collapsed Catherine Flon school in Carrefour, outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010.

Ariana Cubillos

Bodies of earthquake victims lie in an open mass grave in Sous Pianet,  just south of Port-au-Prince

Bodies of earthquake victims lie in an open mass grave in Sous Pianet, just south of Port-au-Prince

Ricardo Arduengo

People line up to for gasoline in Port-au-Prince, Haiti  Friday, Jan. 15, 2010.

People line up to for gasoline in Port-au-Prince, Haiti Friday, Jan. 15, 2010.

Lynne Sladky

A man, wearing a face mask as a precaution against infections, walks past the collapsed Cathedral of Port-au-Prince, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010.

A man, wearing a face mask as a precaution against infections, walks past the collapsed Cathedral of Port-au-Prince, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010.

FRANCOIS MORI

A cemetery worker rests before burying another earthquake victim in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010

A cemetery worker rests before burying another earthquake victim in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010

Julie Jacobson

A man looks for a body among hundreds of earthquake victims at the morgue in Port-au-Prince, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010.

A man looks for a body among hundreds of earthquake victims at the morgue in Port-au-Prince, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010.

Ariana Cubillos

People carry an injured earthquake survivor in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010.

People carry an injured earthquake survivor in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010.

Ramon Espinosa

Displaced people gather in an open area in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010.

Displaced people gather in an open area in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010.

Ramon Espinosa

In this photo released by the United Nations, buildings affected by an earthquake lay in ruins in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010.

In this photo released by the United Nations, buildings affected by an earthquake lay in ruins in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010.

Logan Abassi

People carry a coffin containing the remains of an earthquake victim to a home for burial in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2010

People carry a coffin containing the remains of an earthquake victim to a home for burial in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2010

Ricardo Arduengo

In this Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010 photo released by the Philippine Mission to the United Nations, police officers from the Philippines and China search for colleagues who may be trapped in the rubble of the United Nations Police Headquarters in Port-au-Prince

In this Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010 photo released by the Philippine Mission to the United Nations, police officers from the Philippines and China search for colleagues who may be trapped in the rubble of the United Nations Police Headquarters in Port-au-Prince

A woman lifts a cloth to see the face of an earthquake victim lying in the street in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010

A woman lifts a cloth to see the face of an earthquake victim lying in the street in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010

Francois Mori

An injured earthquake survivor receives treatment at a medical clinic set up at MINUSTAH's logistics base in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

An injured earthquake survivor receives treatment at a medical clinic set up at MINUSTAH's logistics base in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Logan Abassi

A man looks through the collapsed rubble of St. Gerard Church and School in Port-au-Prince,  Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010

A man looks through the collapsed rubble of St. Gerard Church and School in Port-au-Prince, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010

Gerald Herbert

A group of women react in disbelief as the body of the daughter of a woman, at center, is missing after the earthquake, in Port-au-Prince

A group of women react in disbelief as the body of the daughter of a woman, at center, is missing after the earthquake, in Port-au-Prince

Carl Juste

Earthquake survivors wave to a helicopter flying over Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010.

Earthquake survivors wave to a helicopter flying over Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010.

Francois Mori

A woman injured during Tuesday's earthquake eats while lying on a street in Port-au-Prince, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010.

A woman injured during Tuesday's earthquake eats while lying on a street in Port-au-Prince, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010.

Ramon Espinosa

People fight over goods scavenged from the rubble of buildings collapsed during Tuesday's earthquake  in Port-au-Princeac

People fight over goods scavenged from the rubble of buildings collapsed during Tuesday's earthquake in Port-au-Princeac

Ramon Espinosa

People wait for medical attention in Port-au-Prince, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010

People wait for medical attention in Port-au-Prince, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010

Ricardo Arduengo

Scavengers look for goods amid the rubble

Scavengers look for goods amid the rubble

Ramon Espinosa

People, carrying scavenged goods, run away from the police in Port-au-Prince, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010

People, carrying scavenged goods, run away from the police in Port-au-Prince, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010

Ramon Espinosa

Scavengers look for goods amid the rubble of collapsed buildings in Port-au-Prince, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010

Scavengers look for goods amid the rubble of collapsed buildings in Port-au-Prince, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010

Ramon Espinosa

An injured child waits for medical attention in front of a damaged hospital in Carrefour, in the outskirts of Port-au-Prince

An injured child waits for medical attention in front of a damaged hospital in Carrefour, in the outskirts of Port-au-Prince

Ariana Cubillos

A body is buried in the rubble of a hotel in the aftermath of an earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti  Friday, Jan. 15, 2010

A body is buried in the rubble of a hotel in the aftermath of an earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti Friday, Jan. 15, 2010

Lynne Sladky

A victim is carried into the Hospital Universitaire de la Paix in Port-au-Prince, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010

A victim is carried into the Hospital Universitaire de la Paix in Port-au-Prince, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010

Lynne Sladky

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, members of a Chinese emergency rescue team inspect the collapsed headquarters of the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010. Desperately needed aid from around the world slowly made its way Thursday into the capital after Tuesday's magnitude-7.0 earthquake.

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, members of a Chinese emergency rescue team inspect the collapsed headquarters of the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010. Desperately needed aid from around the world slowly made its way Thursday into the capital after Tuesday's magnitude-7.0 earthquake.

Xing Guangli

In this photo release by China's Xinhua News Agency, a doctor of the Chinese emergency rescue team, left, treats an injured child

In this photo release by China's Xinhua News Agency, a doctor of the Chinese emergency rescue team, left, treats an injured child

Xing Guangli

Bodies of earthquake victims lie on th street in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010

Bodies of earthquake victims lie on th street in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010

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A man sits next to a car after a powerful earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010.

A man sits next to a car after a powerful earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010.

Cris Bierrenbach

Earthquake survivors gather in a shelter set up in the central public garden of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010

Earthquake survivors gather in a shelter set up in the central public garden of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010

Francois Mori

Roselyn Joseph mourns over the body of her daughter, Emanuela Aminise, 14, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010.

Roselyn Joseph mourns over the body of her daughter, Emanuela Aminise, 14, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010.

Carl Juste

A man sits among the rubble of collapsed buildings in Port-au-Prince, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010

A man sits among the rubble of collapsed buildings in Port-au-Prince, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010

Ramon Espinosa

Aerial photo provided by The American Red Cross shows survivors gathered around bodies in Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince during a joint Red Cross Red Crescent/ECHO (European Community Humanitarian Organization) aerial assessment mission following Tuesday's devestating earthquake.

Aerial photo provided by The American Red Cross shows survivors gathered around bodies in Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince during a joint Red Cross Red Crescent/ECHO (European Community Humanitarian Organization) aerial assessment mission following Tuesday's devestating earthquake.

Picasa 3.0

The hand from the body of an earthquake victim hangs from a pick-up truck loaded with bodies waiting to be unloaded at a cemetery in Port-au-Prince,Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010

The hand from the body of an earthquake victim hangs from a pick-up truck loaded with bodies waiting to be unloaded at a cemetery in Port-au-Prince,Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010

Julie Jacobson

A woman's name is tagged on her arm to identify her body outside the morgue in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010

A woman's name is tagged on her arm to identify her body outside the morgue in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010

Patrick Farrell

A funeral home has tagged the body of one of the huge amount lying outside the morgue in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010.

A funeral home has tagged the body of one of the huge amount lying outside the morgue in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010.

Patrick Farrell

People gather around a gas pump seeking gas, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

People gather around a gas pump seeking gas, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

CARL JUSTE

A woman looks for a loved one among the bodies on the ground outside the morgue in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010

A woman looks for a loved one among the bodies on the ground outside the morgue in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010

Patrick Farrell

A woman is treated for her wounds on the grounds of the Canape-Vert Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010.

A woman is treated for her wounds on the grounds of the Canape-Vert Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010.

Patrick Farrell

An boy injured by an earthquake has stitches sewn into his head at a makeshift clinic run by missionaries at a school in Port-au-Prince

An boy injured by an earthquake has stitches sewn into his head at a makeshift clinic run by missionaries at a school in Port-au-Prince

Lynne Sladky

A body lies among the rubble of a damaged building in Port-au-Prince, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010.

A body lies among the rubble of a damaged building in Port-au-Prince, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010.

Gregory Bull

A young injured earthquake survivor holds a piece of bread in a makeshift shelter in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010.

A young injured earthquake survivor holds a piece of bread in a makeshift shelter in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010.

Ricardo Arduengo

People carry a body through the streets on Wednesday Jan. 13, 2010 in Port-au-Prince

People carry a body through the streets on Wednesday Jan. 13, 2010 in Port-au-Prince

Ivanoh Demers

People walk past a crushed car and other rubble in Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010

People walk past a crushed car and other rubble in Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010

A man sits by an injured woman waiting for treatment at a makeshift clinic run by missionaries at a school in Port-au-Prince, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010.

A man sits by an injured woman waiting for treatment at a makeshift clinic run by missionaries at a school in Port-au-Prince, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010.

Lynne Sladky

US citizen Carla Shown is carried by French firefighters after being rescued from the rubble of the collapsed Montana Hotel in Port-au-Prince, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

US citizen Carla Shown is carried by French firefighters after being rescued from the rubble of the collapsed Montana Hotel in Port-au-Prince, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Ramon Espinosa

Magician David Blaine, left, performs a card trick for Michael Sharpe, of Manhattan, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, in New York.  Blaine is performing a 72-hour magic marathon in Times Square to raise money for Haiti earthquake victims. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Magician David Blaine, left, performs a card trick for Michael Sharpe, of Manhattan, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, in New York. Blaine is performing a 72-hour magic marathon in Times Square to raise money for Haiti earthquake victims. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Mary Altaffer

People ride with a coffin on top of a car as they arrive at the morgue in the aftermath of Tuesday's earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

People ride with a coffin on top of a car as they arrive at the morgue in the aftermath of Tuesday's earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Gerald Herbert

People line up for gas at a gas station in the aftermath of the Tuesday's earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Friday, Jan. 13, 2010.

People line up for gas at a gas station in the aftermath of the Tuesday's earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Friday, Jan. 13, 2010.

Gerald Herbert

A cross stands intact in front of a church that collapsed during Tuesday's earthquake at the Canape Vert neighborhood

A cross stands intact in front of a church that collapsed during Tuesday's earthquake at the Canape Vert neighborhood

Ramon Espinosa

An arm pokes up in the sea of bodies outside the morgue in Port-au-Prince

An arm pokes up in the sea of bodies outside the morgue in Port-au-Prince

Patrick Farrell

Bodies fill the frontyard of the morgue in Port-au-Prince

Bodies fill the frontyard of the morgue in Port-au-Prince

Ariana Cubillos

Spanish rescuer carries two-year-old Redjeson Hausteen Claude after he was rescued from a collapsed home

Spanish rescuer carries two-year-old Redjeson Hausteen Claude after he was rescued from a collapsed home

Gerald Herbert

A Spanish rescuer carries two-year-old Redjeson Hausteen after he was rescued

A Spanish rescuer carries two-year-old Redjeson Hausteen after he was rescued

Gerald Herbert

A Spanish rescuer carries two-year-old Redjeson Hausteen after he was rescued

A Spanish rescuer carries two-year-old Redjeson Hausteen after he was rescued

Gerald Herbert

Two year old Redjeson Hausteen Claude reacts to his mother Daphnee Plaisin after he is rescued

Two year old Redjeson Hausteen Claude reacts to his mother Daphnee Plaisin after he is rescued

Gerald Herbert

A Spanish rescuer carries two-year-old Redjeson Hausteen

A Spanish rescuer carries two-year-old Redjeson Hausteen

Gerald Herbert

A victim of the massive earthquake in Haiti on a street in Port-au-Prince

A victim of the massive earthquake in Haiti on a street in Port-au-Prince

An injured child sits on the sidewalk in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (AP/Ricardo Arduengo)

An injured child sits on the sidewalk in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (AP/Ricardo Arduengo)

People gather outside Haiti's quake-damaged National Palace (AP/Jorge Cruz)

People gather outside Haiti's quake-damaged National Palace (AP/Jorge Cruz)

A man carries an injured child outside Hotel Villa Creole in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010

A man carries an injured child outside Hotel Villa Creole in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010

Ivanoh Demers

Injured people are tended to at Hotel Villa Creole in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Tuesday Jan. 12, 2010

Injured people are tended to at Hotel Villa Creole in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Tuesday Jan. 12, 2010

Ivanoh Demers

In this photo taken from the Web site twitter.com, people gather in the streets in Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 after the largest earthquake ever recorded in Haiti

In this photo taken from the Web site twitter.com, people gather in the streets in Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 after the largest earthquake ever recorded in Haiti

A damaged building is seen after an earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010

A damaged building is seen after an earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010

People carry an injured person after an earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010

People carry an injured person after an earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010

This photo provided by Carel Pedre shows people running past rubble of a damaged building in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010

This photo provided by Carel Pedre shows people running past rubble of a damaged building in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010

Carel Pedre

Anthony Guarino, a seismic analyst at the Caltech Seismological Laboratory, shows the 7.0 earthquake peak from the Haiti earthquake at the laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010

Anthony Guarino, a seismic analyst at the Caltech Seismological Laboratory, shows the 7.0 earthquake peak from the Haiti earthquake at the laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010

Damian Dovarganes

This May 20, 2004 provided by the Canadian Department of National Defence shows the Presidential Palace in Port au Prince, Haiti

This May 20, 2004 provided by the Canadian Department of National Defence shows the Presidential Palace in Port au Prince, Haiti

Cpl. Matthew McGregor

Damage to the Hotel Villa Creole in Port-au-Prince, Haiti is shown on Tuesday Jan. 12, 2010

Damage to the Hotel Villa Creole in Port-au-Prince, Haiti is shown on Tuesday Jan. 12, 2010

Ivanoh Demers

This image released by the US Geological Survey shows a shake map of the Haiti Region processed Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010

This image released by the US Geological Survey shows a shake map of the Haiti Region processed Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010

LA County Fire Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 2 prepares for possible deployment to Haiti at the California Task Force 2 warehouse in the Pacoima section of Los Angeles, on Tuesday Jan. 12, 2010

LA County Fire Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 2 prepares for possible deployment to Haiti at the California Task Force 2 warehouse in the Pacoima section of Los Angeles, on Tuesday Jan. 12, 2010

Mike Meadows

A girl waits for medical attention in front of a damage hospital in Carrefour, outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010

A girl waits for medical attention in front of a damage hospital in Carrefour, outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010

Ariana Cubillos

Elliane Garcon cries as she watches the body of her husband, Rene Morancy, being dumped from a front loader into a truck as crews remove bodies from the streets in the aftermath of Tuesday's earthquake in Port-au-Prince

The old lady crawls in the dirt, wailing for her pills. The elderly man lies motionless as rats pick at his overflowing nappy.





There is no food, water or medicine for the 85 surviving residents of the Port-au-Prince Municipal Nursing Home, barely a mile from the airport where a massive international aid effort is taking shape.



"Help us, help us," 69-year-old Mari-Ange Levee begged yesterday, lying on the ground with a broken leg and ribs. A cluster of flies swarmed the open fracture in her skull.



One man has already died, and administrator Jean Emmanuel said more would follow soon unless water and food arrive immediately.



"I appeal to anybody to bring us anything, or others won't live until tonight," he said yesterday, motioning towards five men and women who were having trouble breathing, a sign that the end was near.



The dead man was Joseph Julien, a 70-year-old diabetic who was pulled from the partially collapsed building and passed away on Thursday for lack of food.



His rotting body lies on a mattress, nearly indistinguishable from the living around him, so skinny and tired they seemed to be simply waiting for death.



With six residents killed in the quake, the institution now has 25 men and 60 women camped outside their former home. Some have a mattress in the dirt to lie on. Others don't.



Madeleine Dautriche (75) said some of the residents had pooled their money to buy three packets of pasta, which the dozens of pensioners shared on Thursday; their last meal.



Since there was no drinking water, some didn't touch the noodles because they were cooked in gutter water.



Ms Dautriche noted that many residents wore nappies that hadn't been changed since the quake. "The problem is, rats are coming to it," she said.



Though very little food aid had reached Haitians anywhere, Mr Emmanuel said the problem was made worse at the nursing home because it was located near Place de la Paix, an impoverished downtown neighbourhood.



Thousands of homeless slum dwellers have pitched their makeshift tents on the nursing home's ground, in effect shielding the elderly patients from the outside world with a tense maze of angry people, themselves hungry and thirsty.



"I'm pleading for everyone to understand that there's a truce right now, the streets are free, so you can come through to help us," said Mr Emmanuel (27), one of the rare officials not to have fled the squalor. He insisted that foreign aid workers wouldn't be in danger if they tried to cross through the crowd to reach the group.



Violent scuffles erupted on Saturday in the adjacent soccer stadium when US helicopters dropped boxes of military rations and Gatorade.



But none of this trickle of help had reached the nursing home residents, who said some refugees have robbed them of what little they had.



Ms Dautriche, who was sitting on the ground because of her broken back, held out an empty plastic basin. "My underwear and my money were in there," she said, sobbing. "Children stole it right in front of me and I couldn't move."







The area was an eerie corner of silence within the clamour of crying babies and toddlers running naked in the mud. Guarding the little space was Phileas Julien (78), a blind man in a wheelchair who shouted at anybody approaching to turn back.



During moments of lucidity, Mr Julien said he was better off than other pensioners because the medicine he was taking provided sustenance. A moment later, he threw his arms out to hug a passer-by he mistook for his grandson.



Also trying to guard the centre was Jacqueline Thermiti (71), who couldn't stand because of pain.



"Of all the wars and revolutions and hurricanes, this quake is the worst thing God has ever sent us," Ms Thermiti said.



Initially, Ms Thermiti and others believed their relatives would come to feed them, because many live in the slums nearby. "But I don't even know if my children are alive," she said.



Ms Thermiti was surprisingly feisty for someone who hadn't eaten since Tuesday. She attributed that to experience with hunger during earlier hardships.



She predicted that unlike other pensioners, she could still hold out for at least another day. "Then if the foreigners don't come (with aid)," she said, "it will be up to baby Jesus."

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The Disasters Emergency Committee – the umbrella organisation for 13 aid agencies including the British Red Cross and Oxfam – has launched an emergency appeal to help the victims of the Haiti earthquake.

If you would like to make a donation, please call 0370 60 60 900 or visit www.dec.org.uk

Emergency appeal hotlines







Source Irish Independent

Belfast Telegraph