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Jan
10

Clinton calls for more aid to Haiti

 

By Paul Armstrong, CNN
January 28, 2010 2:33 p.m. EST

Davos, Switzerland (CNN) — Former U.S. President Bill Clinton has warned that many Haitians still face a daily struggle to find food and water two weeks after the island was decimated by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that killed an estimated 150,000 people.

Now a U.N. special envoy to Haiti, Clinton told a special session of the World Economic Forum in Davos Thursday that the impoverished Caribbean nation lacked the most basic supplies, together with the vehicles to distribute it all.

“If there’s anybody who knows where I can get pick-up trucks or something slightly bigger, I need 100 yesterday. They do,” he said.

“There are serious, unmet food and water needs and part of it is that a distribution system just does not exist.

“It is simply not enough, even if we had all the food and water we needed every single day, to distribute aid from only 15 sites.” He said more than a 100 sites were required.

“I want the people of Haiti not to have to worry about whether they can eat today or get water today… I want them to at least be able to know that from one week to the next they have a place to sleep, that it’s safe and it’s sanitary.”

Clinton also paid tribute to Haiti’s people as he gave the assembled delegates a sense of the scale of the tragedy.

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