Monday, February 01, 2010

As If Haiti Didn't Have Enough Problems

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Relief workers began handing out women-only food coupons, launching a new phase of what they hope will be less cutthroat aid distribution to ensure that families and the weak get supplies following Haiti's devastating earthquake.

Young men often force their way to the front of aid delivery lines or steal from it from others, meaning aid doesn't reach the neediest at rough-and-tumble distribution centers, according to aid groups.

The World Food Program coupons can be turned in by women at 16 sites in the capital starting Sunday, and entitle each family to 25 kilograms (55 pounds) of rice.


Saving the young men from standing in line waiting to receive the rice, which they can instead steal from the women on their way home.

Haitian police detained 10 Americans on Saturday on suspicion of trying to take children out of the country without proper papers amid the chaos following the Jan. 12 earthquake.

  Raw Story

When I read that, the first thing that entered my mind was, “What do you want to bet it was a (fundamentalist) religious group?” So I kept reading…

Five of the 10 being held are from the Central Valley Baptist Church in Meridian, and the others are from the East Side Baptist Church in Twin Falls, Idaho.

....but hey, do what you will anyway.

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