U.S. troops protected aid handouts and the United Nations sought extra peacekeepers to bolster security in earthquake-shattered Haiti on Monday as marauding looters emptied wrecked shops and tens of thousands of survivors waited desperately for food and medical care.
Hundreds of scavengers and looters swarmed over damaged stores in Port-au-Prince, seizing goods and fighting among themselves, but some signs of normality returned as street vendors emerged with fruit and vegetables for sale.
"We do not have the capacity to fix this situation. Haiti needs help ... the Americans are welcome here. But where are they? We need them here on the street with us," said policeman Dorsainvil Robenson, deployed to chase looters in the capital.
Crowds gathered to plead for food, water and jobs outside installations being used by the United Nations, U.S. military and international relief agencies. Jordanian peacekeepers kicked Haitians and fired in the air at a crowd clamoring outside Port-au-Prince airport, witnesses said.
MANY HAITIANS ARE BEHAVING AS BADLY AS PEOPLE IN NEW ORLEANS DID AFTER KATRINA.
THIS LACK OF CIVILNESS IS ONE REASON WHY THE HAITIANS IN HAITI ARE SO POOR AND THEIR HOMES ARE SO CRAPPILY MADE - AND WHY SO MANY DIED.
THEIR ETHOS IS EFFED UP - AND HAS BEEN FOR CENTURIES.
WE MUST SAVE AS MANY AS POSSIBLE FROM THE HORROR OF THE EARTHQUAKE.
THEN WE MUST SAVE THEM FROM THEIR BELIEF AND VALUE SYSTEMS.