Haiti: One Month Later, The Work Continues
One month since the earthquake, the relief efforts in Haiti are still a national priority and we will continue to support our neighbors through the difficult rebuilding period ahead. American contributions to these efforts were part of a statement released by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs earlier today:
As part of the civilian-led American response, search and rescue teams pulled survivors from the rubble. Volunteer physicians, nurses and paramedics continue to deliver life-saving medical treatment. Having reopened the main airport and port to enable a massive international humanitarian effort, our servicemen and women are supporting the distribution of urgently needed food, water, medicine and shelter until these functions can be fulfilled by the rapidly-expanding civilian operation and the United Nations in Haiti.
His statement also highlighted the resilience of the people of Haiti and reiterated our commitment for future assistance:
Amidst unimaginable suffering, the people of Haiti have inspired the world with their faith, strength of spirit and determination to rebuild. In the difficult months and years to come, they will continue to have a friend and partner in the United States of America.