Nursing Home Residents Lacking Food, Water, Shelter, and Medicines in Haiti

Earthquake survivors have brought food and some medicine to dying residents in the rubble of a Haiti nursing home, but large-scale foreign aid has yet to reach dozens of nursing homes. Several elderly residents are very near death as they are unable to seek out their own food, water, and shelter.

One nursing home's manager said Port-au-Prince's town hall had promised to send aid, though it was not clear when it might arrive. Nuns from Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity order, just about the only foreign aid group that has ventured so deep into the slums of Port-au-Prince, handed out emergency water rations Monday. It was most of the residents first drinking water in 24 hours.

Several of the elderly nursing home residents have begged for food from passers-by, and some street vendors handed them small packs of biscuits. "Things are a little better, but they're still so hungry," said a private nurse who'd come to offer help.For more, read the story.

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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.