Nations join in flow of aid to Haiti


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    Residents of the Petinville neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, reach out to receive food distributed by the United Nations World Food Program on Jan. 17, 2010.

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    U.S. Army soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division offload from a helicopter on Jan. 18, 2010, as they prepare to secure an area to drop in food and water supplies near the Cite Soleil area of Port-au-Prince, as relief continues to arrive after the massive earthquake in Haiti.

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    Soldiers from the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division walk to a Navy helicopter to be dropped off to secure an area to drop in food and water supplies near the Cite Soleil area of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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    People watch as a Navy helicopter flies off after dropping off soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division to secure an area to drop in food and water supplies near the Cite Soleil area, as relief contiues to arrive after the massive earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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    A United Nations vehicle on Jan. 17, 2010, is surrounded by residents of the Petinville neighborhood of Port-au-Prince where massive tent villages have risen during a distribution of food by the United Nations World Food Program.

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    United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visits the rubble of the Christopher Hotel in Port-au-Prince, where the U.N.'s Stablization in Haiti office had been located.

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    Haiti's President Rene Preval gestures as he meets with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Jan. 16, 2010, to discuss conditions in the country following the deadly 7.0 earthquake four days earlier.

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    A U.S. Army soldier carries an injured child from a helicopter on Jan. 18, 2010, as she is brought in for care after being hurt during the massive earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Jan. 12.

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TESS VIGELAND: More than 2,000 U.S. Marines were set to arrive in Haiti today to help distribute aid and provide security after last week's massive earthquake. Latest estimates put the death toll at more than 100,000 people.

Former President Bill Clinton visited the island today. He and former President George W. Bush are leading fundraising efforts here in the U.S. More than 30 countries now have rescue operations underway in Haiti. And today, the European Union pledged some $600 million in aid.

From London, Marketplace's Stephen Beard reports.


STEPHEN BEARD: The E.U. today promised Haiti more than $180 million in emergency aid. That's new money for water, food, blankets, medicine and other vital supplies. And the E.U. has gone further -- reallocating longer-term aid to Haiti. Four-hundred-fifty-million dollars, some of it previously earmarked to help other Caribbean countries, will now be funneled into rebuilding and developing Haiti.

Lutz Gullner is the E.U. spokesman on foreign affairs. He says in this crisis, at least, money is no longer a problem.

LUTZ GULLNER: There is a lot of money that has been pledged. But the problem is now a different one. It's the logistics. It's how can we get the water, the food, the hospitals, . . . How can we deliver them, actually, on the ground.

The aid agencies agree that delivering supplies is the first priority. But they warn that promises of longer-term aid often evaporate as the humanitarian crisis subsides.

In London, this is Stephen Beard for Marketplace.

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