If fact, no heavy equipment was delivered. UN and US troops didn't help, and Haitians had to use small implements and their bare hands to rescue a bare handful of people on their own while perhaps hundreds of thousands perished.
At the same time, desperation grows, arousing one woman to say:
"I have been here every day. I heard they gave away some food but there was a riot....we have been on this spot since the day of the earthquake and we have not seen anyone give away anything but water," and not enough.
Another man shouted:
"Have we been abandoned? Where is the food?"
Head of mission of Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Michelle Chouinard, described their enormous challenges:
-- limited supplies of everything;
-- extreme crush injuries, partial amputations and open fractures;