Aid piling up at UN’s ‘cold beer’ compound as red tape keeps aid from desperate Haitians – while UN staff have wi-fi and a bar

It is a tale of two cities. One has ice-cold beers, internet access, thousands of men and billions of dollars’ worth of  gleaming machinery, together with piles of food, blankets, generators and other aid relief from around the globe.

This is the heavily fortified US-controlled Port-au-Prince airport and neighbouring United Nations compound.

The other is the devastated city of Port-au-Prince, where the stench of death fills the air and starving people are in utter despair, still in need of the basic necessities of food, water, shelter and medical care.

Never, in more than 20 years of covering disasters, has the void between the might and power of the Westernised world and the penniless and pitiful people they have been mobilised to ‘save’ been so glaringly obvious to me.

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