Haiti: SA relief team hands out 100 tons in aid in Port-au-prince

2010-02-10 00:00

AFRICA’S largest aid convoy arrived in Port-au-Prince, the Haiti capital, on Monday morning.

South African relief workers from the Al-Imdaad Foundation (AIF) have been in the country for three weeks, distributing 100 tons in aid to displaced Haitians.

Food packages, water buckets, gas stoves, clean drinking water and other essentials left Santo Domingo for Haiti on Sunday.

The aid is being distributed from the highly guarded Port-au-Prince international airport.

The AIF is part of the Emergency Operations Committee, which is responsible for the collective relief effort.

Qari Ziyaad Patel, an AIF project co-ordinator, is managing the relief effort in Haiti.

His team has reported widespread infrastructural damage, along with violence and looting.

AIF’s Qudsiya Karrim said the team’s involvement in rebuilding homes and infrastructure is being considered.

“The team is going to meet with the Emergency Operations Committee to discuss its viability,” she said.

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