Preval Makes a List

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The U.N. office in Haiti just sent out a note from Haitian President Rene Preval. The message is simple. With out any preamble it lists Haiti’s most urgent needs: 200,000 family tents to be given priority clearance at the airport so that the shelters can be in place before the rainy season starts in just over a month (think 30 inches of rain+one million people living in tents=cholera) and 36 million ready-to-eat food rations, enough to feed 1.5 million people for 15 days. And here is a story about the U.S. efforts to meet these needs as led by Lt. Gen. Ken Keen.