Surge, Humanitarian Style
Posted on Jan 15, 2010
The horrors of the Haitian earthquake continue, but so does the outpouring of international support. Along with hundreds of millions of dollars in public and private donations, the U.S. has announced it will send up to 10,000 troops to Haiti to assist in the relief effort.
The influx of American troops will add to the thousands of United Nations personnel already present in the impoverished country. —JCL
Up to 10,000 US troops will be on the ground or off the coast of Haiti by Monday to help deal with the earthquake aid effort, US defence officials say.
Aid distribution has begun but logistics continue to be extremely difficult, UN officials say.
Tuesday’s earthquake has left as many as 45,000-50,000 people dead.
Correspondents say survivors seem increasingly desperate and angry as bottlenecks and infrastructure damage delay relief efforts.
AP / Daniel Morel
Army officers salute during a change-of-command ceremony in Haiti in 1998, when U.S. troops were stationed there as part of a humanitarian effort.