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Haiti voices

Issue No. 2185

“Tell your country: if they don’t deliver food, people will riot.”
Ilo Fene

“The international community has done nothing. We need drugs. We need drinking water. We can still hear people shouting from the rubble. The smell is not good. Of dead people.”
Joseph Marc-Antoine

“I am very angry with Obama. We are the first black people who put an end to slavery. We need the first black president of the US to help us—not in four days, not in five or 15. Now.”
Jean-Claude Hilaire

“You can’t stop a natural disaster from happening but we should at least be able to respond and reduce the human suffering.”
Carel Pedré

“Things are usually not as bad as the news says. Sincerely, this is worse. Dead bodies everywhere. City starting to smell like rotting flesh.”
Port-au-Prince resident on Twitter

“If you ask me what I think of the Americans controlling airspace in Haiti, I want to kick their butt. The longer it takes us to land and start working, the more people will die. It’s that simple.”
Simon Cording, a rescue expert

“I don’t have money to buy food so have come back to see if there’s anything I can find in the ruins.”
Chrisla Aberlam

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