Haiti: Security is a problem in relief operations

As military escorts provide security for food and water deliveries, looting appears to be subsiding in earthquake-devastated Haiti. However, concerns about public security remain as 4,000 prisoners escaped from Port-au-Prince’s main penitentiary. Viva Rio Director, Rubem Fernandes, said from Haiti: “Community members are working together to keep their neighbourhoods at peace. Although there have been some incidents, the overall situation is less dangerous than what has been presented by the international media.” We can report that IANSA members and colleagues from OFAT, Viva Rio and Oxfam in Haiti are well, but we are saddened to know that several of them have lost at least one family member. We are still trying to contact other colleagues from whom we have not yet heard.