Haiti: UN First Responders HQ Destroyed

Haiti's 7,000 U.N. peacekeepers should have been among the first responders to earthquake victims. Turns out they're victims themselves.

UN Dispatch has twitter feeds and other social networking links following the story. Hotels are reportedly collapsed, hospitals are destroyed and god only knows what has happened to the make-shift dwellings that house so many residents. It just couldn't happen to a poorer, less fortunate place.

And there's this:

UPDATE VI: A very disturbing and curt report from AFP: "The headquarters of the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti has been destroyed in large part. There are numerous people underneath the rubble, both dead and injured," a local employee of the force said. Keep in mind, these are the very people who would be first responders themselves.

Reports on CNN say that people are hearing screaming, crying --- and cheering as survivors are pulled from the rubble in the dark.


Digby is the proprietor of Hullabaloo.
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