27 Jan 2010

Chaotic scramble as thousands of hungry Haitians overrun peacekeepers delivering food


Thousands of hungry Haitians spilled into the streets defeating barbed wire and a tiny contingent of blue-helmeted UN peacekeepers distributing food. The chaotic scene unfolded outside the wrecked presidential palace in Port-au-Prince where aid agencies struggled to control 4000-strong mass of desperate Haitians, two weeks after the devastating earthquake struck.

Security forces fired pepper spray into the air in an effort to disperse the thousands of men, women and children jostling for food.


One peacekeeper (far right) can be seen using pepper spray to try and keep crowds under control.

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