this is landon yarrington - i'm at the UN base in PAP, don't have much time. everything is a mess, and the term is "tout ayiti kraze!" was in delmas when the quake hit, returned to the friends i was staying at, and found the house completely leveled. everyone is thankfully safe. i tried rounding up injured ppl into one spot, an open space on delmas 17, ruelle verna.
when i left to find UN last night, more than 200 ppl had gathered, and the message kept spreading to round everyone hurt into one safe location. a medical student named samuel did what he could. many people died. digi-cel towers are down, but voila seems to work, or did work last night.
the palais national is in shambles, and a haitian at the gate told me the cathedrtal fell too, but don't know if it's true. the haitian security forces guarding the UN gates have not been allowed to leave and see if their families are alright - the whole UN base is now on lockdown.
there was a small tremor this morning, and i'm praying it's still aftershiock. the US sent coast guard airplane to do recon all over the city, and four generals from the DR have arrived. the UN base here has set up a small triage area, which i'm helping translate for them. most of the haitians they've let in seem to know english well though..... the UN base is supposedly currently out of water and rations, and the police forces which are stationed here, along with the rest of the UN foreign staff, mostly europeans, sit and smoke cigarettes and suck their teeth at the fact that the Caribbean Market and hotel montana have completely been domolished, nevermind the singing, crying, and praying haitians outside.
there was a large meeting supposedly at the hotel christophe yesterday, with a chinese delegation and top members of the minustah, who have all perished when the hotel collapsed. don't know what's next, but an american police officer has said that USAID and relief groups have begun rolling in. i will try to check back in later, no promises, because as of last night, the CO of each UN base had to drive to the other to talk since their communications were down. UN communication seems better.
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