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Friday, January 15, 2010

Haitian Crowd Refuses U.N. Food Distribution in Confusion over Expiration Date for Biscuits - Video 1/15/10

Here is pathetic video of a UN Food Truck in Haiti trying to distribute high energy biscuits to hungry people in Port-Au-Prince today. At first the Haitians push and shove to get to the food, and then some begin telling the people to not accept the biscuits because the "food is no good." They were mistaking the packaging date of 2008 with the expiration date of 2010. The crowd became angry and the food truck drove away with some of the people still trying to get the food.

This shows how difficult it is going to be to help people in this desperate situation.


tsiya January 15, 2010 at 5:26 PM  

Let them starve! It takes a lot of gall to turn down free food when you are starving!
That food will be safe to eat for a long time after the expiration date. There is a wide safety factor built in.

Indiana,  January 15, 2010 at 6:37 PM  

Tsiya -

Please do not encourage that type of thinking. People in this situation are very confused and broken. Lets cut them some slack, they've been through hell these past few days.

Cathy's quiet place January 15, 2010 at 8:28 PM  

It is very easy for people who haven't been though a major disaster to make judgments about those who are living it now. Reminders of Katrina and those who were survivors in need. Maybe rather than sending aide to those in Haiti, we should send it to Americans in this country who are in need.

Anonymous,  January 15, 2010 at 9:05 PM  

Starving people refusing FOOD? I'm glad I didn't donate a dime!

Brian January 15, 2010 at 9:18 PM  

There was a great deal of misunderstanding going on in this situation. It appears there was one man telling the others the food was no good. The people did not understand that the food was fine.

This in no way means the people do not need help. It only illustrates how chaotic and difficult the relief effort will be.

Anonymous,  January 15, 2010 at 11:23 PM  

I can honestly say that if I were starving, I would have NO problem eating expired food, if it actually had been. If needed, I would eat insects, if that's what it took. I think they are being VERY ungrateful. They also live right by the ocean, so why can't they go catch fish? How hard is it to make a pole with a branch, tie some string on it, attach a hook, and then dig for worms. Maybe that's against their voodoo religion.

Anonymous,  January 15, 2010 at 11:24 PM  

Let em starve.

Steve,  January 15, 2010 at 11:54 PM  

That's why they are in the shape they are-they don't want to take care of themselves when they get the opportunity. I'd eat anything someone gave me and forget about expiration dates if I was hungry.
Sorry, but you've got to help yourself before I want to help

Unknown January 16, 2010 at 12:05 AM  

How the hell can people be "starving" in two damn days?!?

Anonymous,  January 16, 2010 at 12:18 AM  

I'm sorry but I can't understand how people who just survived the worst earthquake in their country in the last 200 years can refuse food. What did they want Burger King? Filet Mignon? Wow!

Anonymous,  January 16, 2010 at 6:55 AM  

Let them starve. Don't send any money or aid to those ungrateful "people".

Anonymous,  January 16, 2010 at 8:13 AM  

What about the reporter and cameraman? The truck left them there lol!

I'd hate be be stuck there with those violent savages.

Anonymous,  January 16, 2010 at 8:17 AM  

They're dying because they're sinners! Why did God flood the earth and save Noah? God chooses when we die, and sinners suffer his wrath.

God sent a hurricane to Katrina, a Tsunami in 2004, an earthquake to China in 2008, and this to Haiti in 2010.

The only answer is to deliver yourself from Sin.

Brian January 16, 2010 at 8:27 AM  

We are all sinners. If it were not for the grace of God, there would be no hope for any of us. God's Grace is for all people - of every "nation, tribe, and tongue" as the Bible says.

Evil and suffering are a part of this world - a fallen world that is filled with hate and death. It comes on America just as it comes on Haiti. But it will not always be so. When Jesus saw the masses of people in need around Him, the Bible says "He was moved with compassion." That should be our response as well. A sinner who has experienced the forgiveness and Grace of God could have no other response.

Anonymous,  January 16, 2010 at 9:19 AM  

They'll be eating the corpses in a few days and only wishing they had expired biscuits. Keep an eye on the news and you'll see I'm not just making a sick joke.

Anonymous,  January 16, 2010 at 10:34 AM  

Please Lord... don't let them in the USA

American Christian Who CARES,  January 16, 2010 at 11:08 AM  

I am astounded and dismayed at the majority of the posters here.

Let them starve? Don't let them in America? Calling them "people" in quotes as if to imply they are less than human?

If you call yourselves Christian, you should be utterly ashamed of yourselves.

Anonymous,  January 16, 2010 at 11:15 AM  

I have a strong feeling that many of these posts are racially inclined.
But then I remember that there are just 2 races in the world - Rich and Poor.
Because they are not like us, we forget what Christ would do!

Anonymous,  January 16, 2010 at 1:02 PM  

I am not convinced of God's love of the Haitian people. He rained manna on the ancient Israelites when they were in need, and could easily do so for the Haitians if He so wished.

The fact that He is not doing so, is perhaps evidence that He would prefer for Christians to take a break from praying and piously warbling hosannas, and get off their rears and help others.

The Lord helps those who help themselves. Failure to remember this leads to a vastly painful life.

Unknown January 16, 2010 at 1:06 PM  

check out the poor beasts... running around with machetes.


Also note the "nwhining" ... nobody be helpin us fast enough... so we gonna act like savages to show dem a lesson... WTF?

I have never seen so many delusional whiners who would delete every post for some particular reason if they could. "Haters" "Mean Spirited" and my favorite, when liberals grab ahold of religion when it suits them, e.g. what would Jesus do. BARF!

Anonymous,  January 16, 2010 at 1:56 PM  

i think they are ungrateful.i am from jamaica,haiti's closest neighbour in the west.i have eaten experied cookies and im alive to write this post.

Anonymous,  January 16, 2010 at 2:44 PM  

No what is really pathetic about all of this is that this morning I saw a woman standing in front of Walmart that was 8 months pregnant begging for money to help her family. I asked myself, "Why are we helping countries like this who have nothing to give back when we could be helping OUR poor and victimized people here." Makes absolutely no sense. Hey Barack, love that change buddy.... And just for the record, I did help that lady out. I bought her lunch which she greatly accepted AND ate.

Anonymous,  January 16, 2010 at 4:16 PM  

why should the usa be so quick to act for a distant country that appears from most news reports are savages. But if you watch the footage from the people coming back from haiti to the usa that are haitian, they are all dresses nice and do not appear to be starving. Also you can survive many days without food, but water is required after about 3 days. I won't be suprised if, the news shows these people turning down bottled water bc its not cold. I think its all policially motivated to take focus off of the universial health debate in the usa. The usa should apply all of the aid money to the usa health plan and only supply food (that is good enough for these "starving" PEOPLE TO EAT) and water.

Anonymous,  January 16, 2010 at 4:36 PM  

Explain to me how spending how ever much it cost to fly Hillary, her entorage and her security detail for being the wife of an x-president for her to say yes it's bad over here is helping these people. Dont you think the money they spent to have her hold a news conf. would have been better spent on better biscuits and cold water for these poooor people. You know she's getting the hell out of there, where she can have a hot meal and cold bev. in 20min. She won't be sleeping there tonight or any other night.

Anonymous,  January 16, 2010 at 5:07 PM  

To American Christian Who CARES, I'm sure you won't mind having a few of these"people" stay at your place for a while. Or...how about 10 or 20 families move into your neighborhood. You need to read about what these "people" did to every White man, woman, and child. These savages eat mud cookies, but refuse real cookies? Let them starve and rot in hell.

Brian January 16, 2010 at 5:18 PM  

The United States will do everything possible to help the people of Haiti recover and improve their lives. That's just who we are. If George W. Bush were President, he would be doing the same thing. It's the right thing to do.

God has blessed this nation because we are a beacon of hope in a very harsh world. May God bless our troops and others who are seeking to help the suffering in Haiti.

Anonymous,  January 16, 2010 at 10:40 PM  

you people who speak negative must be christians! huh. either that or republicians.....

Brian January 17, 2010 at 6:18 AM  

I guarantee you that most of the relief work that will be done in Haiti will be done by Christian organizations. Christian groups have been helping the people of Haiti for many years, and they will be there long after the bright lights of the media have moved on to the next story.

Unknown January 17, 2010 at 9:05 AM  

I think the old saying you can lead a Hoarse to Water but you can make the drink applies.

I feel sorry for these people But
We have our own problems here in the United States to be concerned with!

What about our starving kids what about our elderly living in the streets

Bring that 100 Million home and use it for what it should be used for considering it is our Tax Dollars the government is giving away to a foreign Nation!

Anonymous,  January 17, 2010 at 3:35 PM  

Hey Rob,

I think you have got it wrong. Since we are broke, it is BORROWED money that the government is sending to Haiti. We will have to repay the loan AND send interest to the Chinese. How do you feel now?

Anonymous,  January 17, 2010 at 5:01 PM  

It is appalling the comments of some people assuring that our analysis of the Haiti situation is based on race.

I’m not a racist, and I think that the majority of Haitians are ungrateful to the max. One has only have to watch all the news, to understand that the great part of the population is not helping their own country, the own people, instead they are watching foreign groups do it, while they just stand there. Only a small part of the population is helping in the efforts.

I’m a woman, and I had been in situations where the effort of everyone was crucial, and I had not wait for people to do the work, but I had done my share the same as the men.

Therefore; I can’t believe all those men behaving as beasts, pushing, stealing, and treating the help they are getting with such an aversion.

Don’t tell me that they are acting like this because the trauma they are facing. All the opposite; when we suffer tragedies as this one, we should be grateful to God that we are alive and do all possible to help others, that is a normal behavior to disasters.

How can they say they are starving only 24 hours after the earthquake? Nobody starves in that period of time. Apparently, the lack of food did not weak their bodies to push and shove.

When you see a group of people acting like this, trust me, the color of their skin is the last thing you are thinking. As far as I’m concern, they could be white, yellow or blue; they are a bunch of ungrateful people.

United States should leave the medicine, food and other supplies to their government, and come home, and let them kill themselves if they want to.

This is not a “non-Christian” approach, but a realistic one. We should help to those who want our help, but definitely we should stop keep trying to help a group of people that can care less about their own country and take every opportunity to be insolent and disrespectful to those who are helping them.

Haiti is been helped for so many years, with so much money and supplies, and it still live in a condition that to the world seems like it’s not receiving help. Where in the world are all the funds, and help given? What are they doing with it?

And finally, could anyone tell me why United States has to help everyone in the planet, when we do have tragedy no one help us? I don’t remember any country giving us millions of dollars to rebuild New Orleans, or Miami after the hurricanes.

The 100 million dollars that Obama is giving to Haiti could be used to implement housing for so many Americans living in the streets. I live in Miami, and I see how many homeless people, including children are sleeping in our streets everyday.

President Obama, do we need an earthquake to get some help? Have you ever been interested in how many people die in our American’s streets every year, with no medical attention, and forgot by society?

I guess not, because that is not good Public Relations for you or Hillary Clinton.

Anonymous,  January 17, 2010 at 7:19 PM  

The people in the crowd were told the food was "no good". They weren't told anything about the expiration date. They didn't want their children especially to be sick from bad food on top of everything else. I hope that you people who "advise" against helping these people never find yourself in a similar situation. On second thought...that might be a good lesson. Shame on you!!!!

Unknown January 17, 2010 at 9:58 PM  

Why don't all the Christers go to Haiti and stay if they're sincere about helping the Haitians. I am sick and tired of being dragged into this endless morass of paying for every pet project the Christians feel sorry for and that includes immigration. Why do we all have to suffer because of your crazy religious views!

Anonymous,  January 18, 2010 at 11:29 AM  

I guess I understand people making excuses for their inaction in times of crisis. Perhaps it eases the guilt of doing nothing while innocent human beings suffer. I suppose trying to convince others to adopt this stance gives them a sense of not being alone in their selfishness.
I'm not familiar with this website or its agenda. I found it because I heard that Haitians refused food thinking it was expired and I wanted to know where the story originated. I couldn't find a reference to this incident anywhere else. So what if a couple Haitians encouraged others not to except food because it was expired. Judging from the comments on this thread, they are therefore unworthy of love, support, humanity or life. I scroll down to the bottom of the page and there are photos of prominent Republican Party figures. Should I associate this display of complete insensitivity and caring to the Republican Party? I don't know what the agenda of this site is but if it’s to promote the Republican Party you might want to rethink your strategy.
Personally, I'm one of those Christian nutcases who donated because I believe it’s the right thing to do. I get the feeling some people here would like to take that right from me. You seriously scare me.

Brian January 18, 2010 at 11:38 AM  

I think you know that comments represent the individual views of those commenting. This site supports the work being done to help the people of Haiti. There are numerous comments by me on this post that express that sentiment.

We have tried to allow people to share their views, even when we disagree, unless they use language that attacks people because of their race - as some have. But those negative comments about helping the people of Haiti do not reflect our view, or the view of the Republican Party.

Anonymous,  January 19, 2010 at 8:44 AM  

While I think that Haitians do need help at this time, I really think they are being ungrateful. A few years back the Tsunami hit them and aid was brought to them for a while and then many people forgot about them including Haitian-Americans in this country. Watching CNN makes people realize a few things. I was watching CNN and the haitians refuse the biscuits because they thought the # on the package was the expiration date. So I said to myself, if I was truly starving when I got food i would just eat it to survive. WHo has time to sit and look on dates when they are truly starving? I mean what other choice do they have; would they rather continue to eat mud and bones and drink malaria infested water? Then a Haitian man came on representing the people and said "Are you gonna help us or not"? Its like they are saying it is our obligation to help them. No, we are helping them because their own people cannot. The US donated 100 million(which was borrowed) to help these people. Instead of using that money to help out economy right now, the US took it to help the haitians which show you how good they really are. Not once did I ever see 1 native haitian come on and say thank you. I mean it could brighten someones day with saying the word thank you. Then i continued to watch CNN throuhout the day and saw people mashing bones from corpses and eating that; i couldn't be more digusted. Haiti is the fisrst independent country in the carribbean and one of the poorest contries in the world. While many countries have either a president or a prime minister, Haiti has both. All these politicians are doing is taking all the money for themselves and leaving their own people to starve. Why are Haitians mad at us for helping them when their own people do not ven help them. Many Haitians come to the US to escape their poor lives in Haiti but what they do not realize is that they need to help restore the country. Moving to another country is not the answer when many people are left behind starving for their lives. I continued watching CNN and the final straw was when i saw the HAitians getting violent towards not only Americans but to the Chinese and their own people themselves. When the earthquake hit, Haitian doctors deserted their people in their time of desperation. Where are they right now? Not helping the people obviously! Haitians were walking around with maichetes, being violent. Eventually their violence caused many American volunteers, nurses and doctors to evacuate haiti which only caused more people to die. Look at what their violence has caused! Nothing but more people dying! These people say that they are starving but yet they have the energy to get up and act violent towards people who are only trying to help them. We donate food, medical supplies and everyday items to these people and look what they turn around and do to us. Then they have the nerve to turn around and be violent. That country has a president and a prime minister who is sitting there milking their country out of money for their own greed. What if no one had come to help them? What would have happened? We came to their aid so fast but they never thought about what the hell would have happened if no one had come to their aid. We are helping them and they turn around and say "WHAT ARE TOU DOING HERE?!", "ARE YOU GONNA HELP US OR NOT?!" I am just trying to keep it real. I am not saying that everyone should stop helping them bc at this time it is necessary but without our help they would have just killed each other down there. The Haitian people eed to stop being so ungrateful and thank people for helping them bc even before this disater haiti wasn't doing any better. They need to begin being grateful for what they got right now bc without us or any other countries they would have nothing. The US is even going to evacuate all the people out of the country but My question is WITHOUT ANY HELP, WOULD O/ COULD YOUR PEOPLE HAVE DONE ANY OF THIS?

Anonymous,  January 19, 2010 at 2:22 PM  

When people are hungry, they don't care about expiration dates. If I were the driver of that truck I would do the same -- take off!

Anonymous,  January 21, 2010 at 9:53 AM  


Anonymous,  February 11, 2010 at 11:08 AM  

Let me make a few points here, first of all, I agree that you can't be hungry and yet worry about expiration date when no sign of poisoning is evident. My second point is, give God a break. Only when disasters struck, you remember that God exists. God didn't send these perils on these people. When you abuse the earth that's what happens. If God destroyed Haiti for voodoo, what is he doing to America for the harboring of freemasons, Satanists and luciferians? God is now giving all of us a chance to make it right..when Christ said these things were going to come,he wasn't saying he was going to send them, but that they will come as a result of the decisions we make and partnering with the devil in various ways..think about it now, are you guiltless?

Cathy's quiet place February 11, 2010 at 3:02 PM  

Again it is very easy for people who have never been through a trauma such as an earthquake, hurricane, tsunami, tornadoe, fire, etc to say, let them starve. God didn't send this earthquake to Haiti, the earth did, shifting blocks of land under the earth. Study up on the earthquakes and faults, etc and you'll know. I don't know who your God is, but my God loves all people....children, adults, Christians, Jews, even Muslims...and including those in Haiti. I'm ashamed to say I live in the same country as people like those who write here.

Why on earth, if you believe in your convictions do you have to sign your name anonymous? Afraid of something?

Anonymous,  February 9, 2011 at 2:12 PM  

A Little History on Haiti

In the 1700’s what is now Haiti was called the “Jewel of the Caribbean,” and supplied about 40% of the world’s sugar.

In 1791 the government of France passed legislation to phase out slavery in its Caribbean colonies and grant the former Negro slaves citizenship. Rather than becoming citizens, Haiti’s Negro population mass murdered all whites and Mulattoes who could not flee the Island in time.

In 1804 only full blooded Negros remained and Haiti became the first Negro ruled nation. The Haitian revolution dominated America’s debate over slavery. While both the north and the south agreed that slavery should be ended, southerners and a large percentage of northerners universally opposed having a large population of freed slaves living in their midst. The Haitian “Revolution” was fresh in every one’s mind.

Flash forward to 1915. The “Jewel of the Caribbean” is now a desolate cesspool that is exporting almost no sugar. The United States decides to “take up the white man’s burden” and send the US Marine Corps to rebuild Haiti’s infrastructure and feed it’s starving population.

The United States gave huge amounts of money to Haiti and over-saw the building of 1,000 miles of road, telephone lines, modernized its port, and helped Haiti to start exporting sugar once again. The US also put an end to the thousands of bandits along Haiti’s border with the Dominican Republic. The US left in 1934 at the request of the then stabilized and very ungrateful Haitian government.

Haiti immediately sank straight back into total desolation strife.

In 1973 the United States once again began playing a huge role in Haiti, giving the Island huge sums of money in handouts each year.

In 1994 the Clinton administration once again sent the US military to Haiti to rebuild the Island’s infrastructure.

In 1995 the Peace Corps went to Haiti in large numbers to train the Haitians in job skills. The US government spent almost one Billion Dollars and provided food and job training to the Haitians between 95 and 99.

So when Obama says that Haiti has our “full, unwavering, support,” they have already had our full support since 1915.

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