…the endlessly loops of video on Saturday of Haitians, in isolated incidents, grapple with each other for food; or reading how total mayhem had broken out; or watching reports harping over-and-over (to the consternation of the locals) about how violence must be just around the corner, this U.N. video is a necessary infusion of reality.
Food distribution continued today (16 January) in the devastated Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, four days after a massive earthquake killed thousands, left scores homeless and created a dire humanitarian situation.
In contrast to the chaos witnessed at other points of distribution, this operation handled by Bolivian peacekeepers who were doling out their own food rations appeared to go smoothly.
People waited patiently in long lines for plates of rice and beans, a welcome respite to the high energy biscuits and meals-ready-to-eat distributed elsewhere.
The success of the operation highlighted the need for good security at distribution points, with soldiers on hand to guard the supplies.
The World Food Programme (WFP), meanwhile, is gearing up to distribute ready-to-eat food rations to 2 million people as most people have no access to cooking facilities. In order to help it achieve that goal, the UN food agency is appealing to its donor governments to offer excess stocks of ready-to-eat meals for use in the Haiti emergency. WFP will also try to establish food kitchens in Port-au-Prince to provide prepared foods to the hungry.
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