Haitians Protest Against Mayor's Hoarding of Food Aid
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Crowds of Haitian people gathered Sunday in a suburb of the ruined capital in protest of a district mayor's alleged stocking up of food aid.
The protesters, mainly women, marched to the city hall in the Petionville neighborhood to denounce the corruption of Mayor Lydie Parent in handling relief materials, witnesses said.
The protest was believed to be one of the largest post-quake demonstrations which showed civilian's anger over the government's slack management and sluggish distribution of goods provided by donor nations and international organizations.
The devastating earthquake in the small island country on January 12 has killed more than 210,000 people and left over 1 million people homeless.
Food distribution in Haiti has become more orderly as the World Food Program began to hand out women-only coupons to ensure that women are not bypassed in the struggle for food.
However, officials from some aid nations and groups said bags of rice and other food had ended up in the black market.
(Xinhua News Agency February 8, 2010)