Desperation Sets in for Haiti

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More than a week after a devastating 7.1 earthquake, the needs in Haiti are overwhelming -- with a quarter of a million people in desperate need of food, water and medical care.

Nowhere is the need felt more than in City de Soleil -- the poorest city in the poorest nation of the western hemisphere. It is there that a desperate man cries for help.

"We don't have a house just to live so we are obligated to live here, all the day, all day all night," said City de Soleil resident Augustov Michele. "And now we need something just to live, because all the people are suffering from food, from water. We have a lot of problems, so I would like that they do something for us because we have a lot of problems."

Hungry crowds of people lined up to receive food from what is supposed to be an orderly distribution. But suddenly, a frenzy broke out.

"You just saw right here it's desperate people doing desperate things," said Asreel Vincent, a pastor in City de Soleil. "So after nine days of the cruel catastrophic, those people are hungry, thirsty and they're looking for help."

Vincent has worked for more than 30 years in the heart of City de Soleil, helping to bring the Gospel to the poorest of the poor. Now, however, he too is crying out for help.

"City of Soleil is about 800,000 people living in that small area," Vincent said. "They're packed like sardines. What do you expect after that kind of devastated situation? It's just like you know, they were already living in that kind of situation already. And look at the way they are now."

"You know ... I need to build a bathroom, a toilet," he continued. "I need to do something for those 2,000 people living in mire. I cannot let them come in because we don't have too much open space any more."

Still, amid the turmoil of the day, a new baby was born somewhere in the tents of despair. It was a sure sign life and death sometimes go hand in hand.

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