chapter  10
Food Aid and Hunger Relief
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On January 12, 2010 a magnitude 7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince. The quake destroyed the country’s already-meager infrastructure, knocking out communications, crumbling the airport control tower, ruining the port and blocking roads with rubble. At least 200,000 people died and survivors faced starvation, dehydration, disease and untreated injuries. In many places reserves of food, water, hygienic supplies and medicine were ruined, so the demand for new goods was immediate.