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I am curious as to what, if any damage was done to the other side of the island. That is occupied by the Dominican Republic. The DR was taken over by the US mafia about 30 years ago. Nice beaches, great tourism cash flow. But, surely they must have also had some damage--that island is not that big. Unless of course the boys who run the DR don't want the word to get out so they can maintain their cash stream
World Vision is a good organization. I have dealt with them for 8 years. They get my nod for giving money to, at least that's the impression I've gotten so far.
If the airport is closed and the port is damaged, maybe air drops are needed. It might create more chaos, but it's worth a try. The whole situation is dire.
World Vision is great. Also: Doctors Without Borders
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My son-in-law is the Army deputy surgeon (operations) out of Ft. Sam. Just got back from Iraq and wasn't supposed to be installed until Monday, but...
Apparently they have plenty of supplies and people, it's just getting them into the infrastructure, which is a mess. Small runways, shattered ports and limited highways. Many problems with people going to the Domenican Republic for water/food/medical while rescue teams are trying to use the DR to land planes and helicopters for supplying Haiti. Major log-jam.
American Red Cross s doing a good job with distribution to areas outside of Port au Prince as they have the Haitian Red Cross in place. Lots of med staff/supplies trying to get in -- just need space to "land them."