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Feed The Children's actions in Haiti criticized

BY NOLAN CLAY Published: February 20, 2010
Feed The Children has suffered another blow to its image.

CBS News on Thursday reported the Oklahoma City-based Christian relief organization has inflated statements about its relief efforts in Haiti for earthquake victims. CBS News also reported the charity had not provided anybody food there in the first weeks after the Jan. 12 disaster.

CBS News specifically criticized the charity for claims in January that Feed The Children had established a base of operations "providing medical relief for 12,000 people” at a Haitian camp.

CBS News reported it visited the camp and found three Feed The Children doctors.

"You might ask how three doctors are handling the supposed 12,000 patients. They’re not. It’s more like a hundred a day,” the network reported.

CBS News also quoted a Feed The Children vice president in Haiti as saying, "At this point, we’re not doing food.”

The executive has since resigned.

In a response, Feed The Children said it has sent to Haiti more than $12 million in supplies, including nearly $5 million in food.

The charity also said it distributed food from a destroyed clinic after the earthquake. The charity said it focused initially on providing tents, blankets, medical supplies and bottled water because another organization already had enough food for 1 million people for a month.