Haiti Aid Distribution Is "Madness"

Both aid workers and Haitians are growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of organization of the plentiful donations for the earthquake victims. Bottlenecking at significant ports and incidents of violence have slowed down distribution of food and medicine. Although U.S. air traffic controllers have lined up 2,550 flights through March 1, about 25 of those flights are not taking their slots each day. "No one is in charge," said one Louisiana-based doctor who is tending to patients in a Port-au-Prince hospital. "There's no topdown leadership... And since the Haitian government took control of our supplies, we have to wait for things even though they're stacked up in the warehouse. The situation is just madness." Since locals took over the supply room at hospitals, doctors say time and lives have been lost due to filling out unnecessary forms. While UN officials say they've sent more than 100 ships, they need their own cranes and other equipment to unload the supplies. Due to safety concerns, most aid convoys need armed escorts. But food and goods are still being stolen.