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February 1, 2010

Haiti three weeks later

Tomorrow will mark three weeks since the massive January 12th earthquake in Haiti, and tent cities remain full, even as some businesses and factories are beginning to reopen in Port-au-Prince. Now that massive amounts of aid have arrived, distribution problems have cropped up and are being addressed. The World Food Program has begun a new system of delivering rice to 10,000 Haitians per day at each of 16 women-only distribution points around the city - restricted to women, since young men often muscle their way to the front of distribution lines, and the women are viewed as more likely to fairly divide up the food. Aid chiefs and donor nations are warning that Haiti will need at least a decade of painstaking reconstruction. (40 photos total)

A man looks at the damage to the Iron Market after a fire ripped through it last night in Port-au-Prince on January 30, 2010. (ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

The facade of the Iron Market burns in Port-au-Prince on January 29, 2010. (Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images) #

A boy watches a fire engulf the Iron Market in Port-au-Prince on January 29, 2010. (JODY AMIET/AFP/Getty Images) #

A man moves boxes away from a fire that was engulfing stores in a market area January 29, 2010 in downtown Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (Marco Dormino/MINUSTAH via Getty Images) #

Firefighters battle one of several suspicious blazes in the Iron Market area January 29, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (Mario Tama/Getty Images) #

A man is silhouetted by car headlights in the otherwise darkened street as electricity remains out January 31, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (Mario Tama/Getty Images) #

A man washes on the street in Port-au-Prince on January 31, 2010. (FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images) #

A man balances a coffin on his head as he walks through Port-au-Prince, Friday, Jan. 29, 2010. (AP Photo/MINUSTAH,Marco Dormino) #

Lt.j.g. Natalie Shaffer (center), a nurse assigned to Fleet Surgical Team 8 and embarked aboard the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan in Baie De Grand Goave, Haiti, hands over a newborn Haitian baby boy to his father January 30, 2010. The child was the first baby ever born aboard Bataan, which is supporting Operation Unified Response in Haiti on January 12, 2010. (REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Kristopher Wilson) #

A boy shows a handful of candy that he found in a collapsed building in Port-au-Prince on January 27, 2010. (FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images) #

Workers relax during a break in clearing a collapsed building in Port-au-Prince on January 30, 2010. (JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images) #

A child asks a US army soldier for food during a food distribution operation in the Cite-Soleil slum of Port-au-Prince, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010. The soldiers are with the 82nd Airborne Division. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) #

People push to the front in a crowd waiting for food rations in Port-au-Prince, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010. Food remains scarce for many of the neediest survivors of the Jan. 12. earthquake, as food distribution has often been marked by poor coordination and vast gaps in coverage. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) #

Residents of Cite Soleil try desperately to enter the police station where an aid distribution point has been set up in Port-au-Prince on January 26, 2010. (THONY BELIZAIRE/AFP/Getty Images) #

A US paratrooper from the 82nd airborne carries a sack of rice for a woman as she leads him by the hand at a distribution point at the national stadium in Port-au-Prince on January 31, 2010. (THONY BELIZAIRE/AFP/Getty Images) #

A boy tries to carry rice and beans using his shirt after receiving food at a distribution point in Cite Soleil, Port-au-Prince January 28, 2010. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #

Surgeons from Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) work in a cargo container at a makeshift hospital in Port-au-Prince on January 24, 2010. (FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images) #

Kerline Dorcant, mother of earthquake survivor Darlene Etienne, shows a photo of her daughter as she passes it to Etienne's aunt Tania Demonsthene in Port-au-Prince, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010. Sixteen-year-old Etienne was pulled from the rubble of her cousin's off-campus house Wednesday near the ruins of the St. Gerard school, more than two weeks after the Jan. 12 massive earthquake. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton) #

Darlene Etienne, 16 is brought to hospital after being pulled alive from the rubble of a building in Port-au-Prince by a French rescue team on January 27, 2010. Severely dehydrated and so weak she could barely talk, Etienne managed a whispered 'thank you' to her rescuers after surviving for fifteen days. (LAURENT ROCH/AFP/Getty Images) #

Andre Jean, 80, has her hair combed by her sister Lejeric Harles, 70, at the municipal nursing home in Port-au-Prince, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. Private donors and the nursing home director have brought occasional food deliveries, but the patients lying outdoors say they have been hungry since the Jan. 12 quake. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #

A looter leaves a damaged building through a hole in a wall in downtown Port-au-Prince January 29, 2010. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #

Photojournalists surround a Haitian policeman as he aims his rifle at looters in downtown Port-au-Prince, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #

People loot a stove from an appliance store before Haitian police arrived on the scene in downtown Port-au-Prince January 29, 2010. (REUTERS/St Felix Evens) #

A U.N. police officer unties the hands of a boy who took part in looting in downtown Port-au-Prince January 29, 2010. (REUTERS/St Felix Evens) #

Haitian policemen stand guard next to at least 45 residents arrested, bound and lying on the floor of an appliance store, accused of looting in downtown Port-au-Prince January 29, 2010. (REUTERS/St Felix Evens) #

Two suspected looters are tied together in Port-au-Prince on January 30, 2010. (FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images) #

A private security guard fires his gun toward a suspected looter (climbing stairs, top left) inside a home appliance store in downtown Port-au-Prince, Friday, Jan. 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) #

An alleged looter lies on a staircase, dead, after being shot by a security guard in a home appliance store on January 29, 2010 in downtown Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (Marco Dormino/MINUSTAH via Getty Images) #

A man puts his hand on a fence during food distribution in Port-au-Prince January 30, 2010. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #

The skull of a corpse that had been pulled out of one of the collapsed buildings in downtown Port-au-Prince burns on the street on January 26, 2010. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images) #

Wythlde Constanze, 15, gestures as she is taken to an operating room to treat her multiple leg fractures at the University of Miami-run field hospital at Haiti's international airport in Port-au-Prince, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) #

This combination photograph shows portraits of Haitian children who are now living in a makeshift campsite in Port-au-Prince, Haiti January 29, 2010. (REUTERS/Jorge Silva) #

Gay Maclaire (right) sets up a wireless modem at his new internet cafe at a makeshift camp in Port-au-Prince, Haiti January 30, 2010. After the earthquake destroyed Maclaire's internet business, he recovered some of the equipment and started an internet cafe at a makeshift camp in front of the damage presidential palace, where he lives with his family. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #

Russian emergency services pack up the Emergency Situations Ministry airmobile hospital in Port-au-Prince on January 29, 2010. After two weeks stabilizing critically injured earthquake survivors and searching for victims the Russians are preparing to leave. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images) #

Haitian President Rene Preval (center) talks to an unidentified person outside the Presidential palace in Port-au-Prince on January 30, 2010. (FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images) #

Orphan girls are seen at the Foyer de Sion orphanage January 31, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Child-smuggling was a problem in Haiti even before the earthquake, with thousands of children disappearing every year. Ten Americans were recently arrested while attempting to transport 33 Haitian children across the border to the Dominican Republic. (Mario Tama/Getty Images) #

A girl smiles as she goes to collect water at Cite-Soleil in Port-au-Prince January 27, 2010. (REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz) #

A street vendor tries to keep the crowd from stealing her goods in Port-au-Prince on January 24, 2010. (ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images) #

US paratroopers from the 82nd airborne hold down a man caught jumping the queue for aid at a distribution point in Port-au-Prince on January 31, 2010. (JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images) #

A boy looks at the camera during a Sunday church service outside a displacement camp in Port-au-Prince January 24, 2010. (REUTERS/Tomas Bravo) #

 
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