Haitians are calling for international aid after the quake

Haiti government asks for international military assistance in earthquake-struck region

Haiti’s government has issued a call for international military aid to help in the aftermath of last month’s earthquake. But a UN representative said only limited assistance is available, and the UN is already helping with the needs of the poorest.

“We have the capability to respond to this disaster,” Gbenga Akinnagbe, the UN’s representative to Haiti, told the Associated Press. “But we are in contact with those in charge in Haiti. They will need time to prepare themselves for this, and we will have to see how they organize themselves. As the days go by, I would say it will be critical for more military assistance.”

Haitian President Rene Preval also issued a call for international help on Tuesday.

“We need help in the form of humanitarian and logistical assistance,” Preval wrote on Facebook. “The need for it is very, very, very great and urgent.”

He said that “Haiti will need help in the form of emergency shelter, emergency kits and health care.”

The quake was the deadliest in the Caribbean since a magnitude-7.0 quake struck Mexico last year. It left at least one person dead in the capital, Port-au-Prince, and at least 10,000 people left homeless.

An estimated 700,000 people have been displaced by the earthquake, according to the government. That is roughly half the country’s population. An estimated 1.9 million people were forced to flee their homes.

The earthquake’s death toll included at least two Canadian citizens and one American.

The Haitian government has sent its first $6 million aid request to Canada and Germany, but officials have not announced any further details. Germany has already sent $1 million for earthquake relief in Haiti, but the country has not responded to the second request.

Canada has announced $2.3 million in emergency aid as of Wednesday, according to

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