AFP's Alex Ogle describes a harrowing scene:
When asked why there weren't greater numbers of UN troops to contain the hungry crowd, peacekeepers gestured that there weren't any more available to join them. "Uno! Uno! Uno!" the Uruguayans -- part of the UN mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) screamed in vain, holding up single fingers in a bid to form an orderly line. The crowd instead moved as one, pushed strongly from behind, toward trucks laden with rice sacks emblazoned with the US flag and gallon jugs of vitamin-enriched soy oil. A vomiting pregnant woman, still gesturing at her mouth to show hunger, was carried off by UN troops after collapsing out of the crush of bodies.
"In five minutes, we'll leave because they'll overrun us," a UN troop warned foreign press photographers. When they did withdraw the crowd wildly swarmed to get at the 50 rice sacks left behind. "It's all gone, they left nothing," wailed Geneve, an older Haitian woman clad in sweaty rags, when she finally reached the spot where trampled aid boxes laid empty. She joined dozens of others to kneel on the trash-strewn street to pick up the last rice grains.
Ogle is also tweeting:
Horrific tidbit for the day from Haiti? Orphaned four-year-old with cerebral palsy dumped at steps of overflowing hospital in Port-au-Prince
(Photo: A pregnant woman is helped by UN peacekeepers as an aid distribution point turns into chaos outside the Presidential palace in Port-au-Prince on January 25, 2010. Top world officials gathered in Montreal today for emergency talks to hash out plans to rebuild Haiti, nearly two weeks after a killer earthquake devastated the impoverished nation. By Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)
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