A former member of our staf has a brother who has been working in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She wrote to us today to share an email she received from her brother last night. Here's some of what it said:
"The good news is that myself and my team are fine. The bad news is we don't have supplies or ability to move in a city nearly completely destroyed.
The city has been heavily damaged, most destroyed from what we can tell. The MINUSTAH [UN peacekeeping mission] headquarters was destroyed so there is no coordination. We have no supplies for medical here but are treating a few people who we can and wtin for aftershocks. The city has no infrastructure for health care, no security forces, all roads are full of debris and falled walls and electricity. My hotel has totally collapsed, Schools, Parliment, Presidents house, judicial palace, all collapsed. So nothing on the ground to support relief and we are concerned about reaction in several days.
Help is greatly needed."
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