UN critical of Haiti aid

The unevenness of aid reaching
post-earthquake Haiti weakens confidence in the United
Nations’ ability to deliver relief, the organization’s relief chief said.

A confidential e-mail sent by John Holmes,
head of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs,
criticized U.N. managers for failing to adequately oversee the relief effort in
Haiti following a devastating earthquake Jan. 12, The Washington Post said. The
newspaper obtained a copy of the e-mail.

The e-mail focused on the slow
implementation of the organization’s humanitarian strategy of assigning key
U.N. relief agencies the responsibility for coordinating delivery of basic
needs in 12 areas.

A “lack of capacity has meant
that several clusters have yet to establish a concise overview of needs and
develop coherent response plans, strategies and gap analyses,” Holmes said
in the e-mail. “This is beginning to show and is leading others to doubt
our ability to deliver.”

Despite his harsh words, Holmes
acknowledged the relief community has “achieved a great deal in
Haiti.”

Officials told the Post 3.4 million
people have been fed through the U.N. World Food Program and more than 850,000
get daily 1.3-gallon rations of water.

A U.N. cash-for-work program has employed more than
66,000 people, officials said.

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