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January 16, 2010

The Road to Port-au-Prince

Posted: 08:04 PM ET

By Brad Parks - Larry King Live producer Brad Parks is currently deployed in Haiti.  He filed  this report about his journey and horrors he witnessed in the earthquake ravaged Haitian capitol of Port-au-Prince.

Friday, 11:30p Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Left Santo Domingo at 2:30a headed for Haiti Friday morning in a CNN convoy carrying supplies and several CNN staffers along with LKL producer David Theall. Also riding along was CNN’s Bogotá Correspondent, Karl Penhaul. We made it across at the Jimani border crossing without incident and continued on towards Port-Au-Prince.

While bottlenecks on the ground at the PAP airport Thursday slowed incoming supplies and relief efforts it made it nearly impossible to land at the Port-au-Prince airport.  As a result, early Thursday was the first time reporters drove in to Port-au-Prince – many like ourselves making the drive from Santa Domingo (took us nearly 12 hours). With the exception of large pot holes and heavy traffic congestion surrounding gas stations along the roads, we had little problem getting across the border and into Port-Au-Prince. In an interview earlier this week, Colin Powell told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that roads between the Dominican Republic and Port-Au-Prince need to be repaired before relief efforts can be trucked in. However, based on what we saw yesterday, there is no reason why supplies can not be airlifted to the Dominican border and trucked in to Port-Au-Prince.

Click here to see a gallery of Brad Parks' Haiti photographs

Driving in to Port-Au-Prince there are structures on the outskirts of town that are still standing. There’s no rhyme or reason why some buildings held up and others were all but leveled. The true devastation becomes visible as you drive into downtown. It resembles nothing short of a war zone. 

After unloading the two trucks of supplies at Le Plaza Hotel in Port-Au-Prince, we got word that earlier this afternoon a cell phone call was made from a man trapped in the basement of a collapsed school down the street. The word spread quickly as a large crowd from an adjacent park gathers in front of the collapsed school down the road to watch as a crane pulls the debris apart in search of the man. As we walk up, we hear loud yells and muttered screams as the crowd parts and a group of men emerges carrying a corpse away on a board. 

“Welcome to Haiti,” someone says to me. 

Although it seems many bodies were cleared from the street Thursday night, the crane digging through the debris fills the air with the smell of rotting bodies and people begin covering their faces. 

During the search, a woman’s bag apparently full of money is discovered. The crane operator tries to shield the bag from a crowd that begins to swarm him as it appears he wishes to return it to the woman’s family. A man quickly snatches it and runs away as crowd chases after him yelling. Some appeared to want the money; some appeared angered that he took it. 

When you work for a news organization like CNN, your inbox is flooded with emails giving you latest information, pictures and video hourly. Watching similar situations like this develop from the safety of my desk in Los Angeles – I have to admit, there is part of me that has always unintentionally assumed since I have such constant access to information that I maybe understand situations like this more than the average person. After being on the ground in Port-Au-Prince for a day now, those notions have been completely shattered.  When I returned to the hotel later that night, I found the taste of rotting corpses on my tongue. 

The fact remains – I eventually get to go home. But for the people of Haiti, this is the reality they have been dealt. 

Journalist yes, but human first.

Filed under: Haiti Earthquake • Larry King Live • LKL Web Exclusive


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A. Smith, Oregon   January 16th, 2010 8:42 pm ET

It is really heartbreaking to see the total lack of heavy equipment, stockpiles of medicine, medical supply's and adequate desalination fresh water facilities in a Hurricane zone area there at Port au Prince.

A mere 3 years ago the Bush-Cheney administration supposedly gave $208 Million taxpayer dollars in economic aid to the people of Haiti. No existing stockpiles in a Hurricane zone seems like a rather large fraud upon the American people, No existing heavy equipment to clear the heavy rubble from the streets of Port au Prince, another red flag of fraud.

Why is the most basic necessitys of new desalination plants missing in Port au Prince, another red flag of massive fraud by Bush-Cheney upon the Haitian people.

Was Halliburton/KBR involved in the shoddy construction of those pancaked concrete buildings there in Haiti? Obviously not even the fact Port au Prince sits on a active quake zone was taken into account for the modern larger buildings built by outside contractors who should be held liable.


Kat   January 16th, 2010 8:45 pm ET

Why can't America use helicotpers to get doctors, nurses, food and medicine to people where there are road blocks? Is it a deliberate elay to have as many as possible people die?!? Nonsense!


Kat   January 16th, 2010 8:47 pm ET

Use helicopters to get help to people. Those with bones sticking out should be in USA hospitals in intensive care units! Why is the US boat getting there as late as Friday!?! Should have been there already! People, BABIES, elderly and children are dying! HEeeeelp!!


Kat   January 16th, 2010 8:48 pm ET

People have doneated millions in cash and people are STILL dying because no doctors are medicine is getting to them!

Why ask for more cash when you already got millions and people are not gtting medication?


A. Smith, Oregon   January 16th, 2010 9:08 pm ET

@ Kat, you bring up an excellent question. Why aren't the severely injured victims of the Haitian earthquake disaster not being brought by helicopter rescue staff to the waiting surgical operating rooms aboard the USS Carl Vinson or its escort frigits? Additional surgical operating rooms would also be available on the amphibious vessel used to bring the Marines over to Haiti.

The world watched in utter amazement as the US Coast Guard ran some 200+ helicopter rescue operations in a very short period in New Orleans in their Katrina relief operation. Why isn't that being done now in Port au Prince and extending into the rural areas of Haiti?


Lilarose in Oregon   January 16th, 2010 9:13 pm ET

WHY are the hospital ships not operating??????

Where are the temp hospitals that should be set up?

Where is the medicine?

Where are the doctors?

Why are you repeating old stories from yesterday?

Why isn't the United States IN CHARGE? Why is the U.N. allowed to make decisions like hosp vs warehouse?

Why doesn't CNN tell us???

Anderson, we want answers, not sad stories!!!


Sharon Tyree   January 16th, 2010 9:13 pm ET

What about....make Haiti a U.S. Territory (it looks to my like they have NO govenment or at least not one capable of meeting this disaster), get the U.S. biggies (Trump, Buffet, Turner, etc.) to invest for casinos, tourism, etc. (for jobs), rebuilding the infrastructure to U.S. standards.....voila! A success story?! WHAT DO YOU THINK, LARRY?


Hector Del Valle   January 16th, 2010 9:31 pm ET

Hello,
Where is the brain of the US Military? If I was a General,I would've ordered a military operation like the D-Day invasion of France,but this time through ANY of the Haitian beaches,so the heavy equipment could arrive in a timely manner and lives saved...We need someone to think about this possibility ASAP!


Brian Code   January 16th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

Why is it that CNN plugs the Red Cross and Unicef almost exclusively when they have track records of significant overhead costs and (recently) abandoning health services due to security concerns? Why don't you support Doctors Without Borders who are already on the ground and supporting people where the primary concern is care of patients instead of security? What hypocrisy!


audrey papke   January 16th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

They don't have blood? If they have to amputate the little girl's leg.

BS

Haiti and doctors across borders could have been better prepared. All one needs is to fast test blood types, that takes about two minutes, then – on the spot take blood from a different survivor. Nonsense. They have no blood. Haiti is replete with blood – survivors walking around. Lots and lots of blood.

They do not have anti-biotics? WHY NOT?


audrey papke   January 16th, 2010 9:46 pm ET

CNN is wonderful in disasters.

However, what about follow-up?

What are we going to do to make sure the United States has a team ready to go – complete with on-the-spot blood testing to get blood from survivors, anitbiotics. ETC


audrey papke   January 16th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

The response is just NOT acceptable.

Haiti and the US – keep some anit-biotics in Haiti, they likely need them on a regular basis anyway, AND

Have a response team ready to go – with needed supplies.

Never any follow-up.

A C-130 ready to book it anywhere anytime.


mario   January 16th, 2010 10:04 pm ET

can you Post thne names of other Nations that are assisting in Haiti,,

Where middle Eastern countries?/ And what about Muslims??

Please Post other countries there Responding

Thank you
Mario


A. Smith, Oregon   January 16th, 2010 10:04 pm ET

The poor Haitians probably cannot afford the high markups on Big Pharma's drugs so they don't sell them, nor do the individual Haitians have adequate emergency supplies of them, just like many American Seniors in America, go figure!

Pet stores and Vet Supply stores sell the same antibiotics for penny's on the dollars what Big Pharma soaks its customers.


Jennifer Owen   January 16th, 2010 10:11 pm ET

Don't understand how it is that we can get Hilary Cliinton in for her to stay at the airport and "assess" the situation (don't understand how anyone can assess a situation of something of this magnitude from a controlled/safe area anyway). But we can't get our military in or other agencies in to actually get out and help the people. What she is doing is not considered a humanitarian act but congesting the only access we have to the country. The Dog and Pony show needs to stop and allow people that can actually do something in to establish true organized distrobution points, medical aid, and yes our military actually has people that can take care of their dead unlike other countries. It is just so frustrating to watch as we flash her visit and know that she will be flown directly out to enjoy a good meal and hot shower while the people suffer. She should take a look at Marie Antoinette.


Laylanie Michel   January 16th, 2010 10:14 pm ET

Thank you CNN for the 24/7 broadcast! If it wasnt for you we wouldnt know what was going on behind the scenes, I take my off to CNN. I also want to add EXCELLENT job Dr. Sanjay Gupta we really need more people like you in Haiti right now. God Bless you all and all of the reporters on the field I pray that you stay safe on ground. <3


Jennifer Owen   January 16th, 2010 10:16 pm ET

another thing we do have a 24 hr response team along with every other country. These teams are prepared to deploy in 24 hrs or less what some people are not understanding is that you have the UN in charge and they controll the access to the country. THEY are the ones ill prepared. They should have a rotating list of Top countries to have natural disaster watch and should something happen an order of precedence is set up on what country goes in followed by another country.

We have larger planes than a C-130 ready to go at a moments notice and more than just one. It is the politics of it, welfare of the country experiencing the disaster is not what is important but who looks good.

There is a lot involved in getting into a country and but let's try to cut some of the red tape from the UN politics to make sure we can get in there to give medical and logistic needs to a country that has already gone through so much.


Jennifer Owen   January 16th, 2010 10:20 pm ET

How many flights were able to get while Hilary Clinton was in the air? How about once she was on ground? The assessment was made days ago allow us to do what we need to help and keep the politicians out they just get in the way. Would have rather seen her out in the streets helping the injured or pulling people out of the wreckage or how about giving food out oh hey how about just getting down and dirty with the rest of people there to actually help.


A. Smith, Oregon   January 16th, 2010 10:25 pm ET

Why aren't additional transport jets landing in Port au Prince at this time? As I've repeatedly mentioned, that airport is unable to fuel the 17 heavy lift transport jets already at the airport for them to depart. That airport is OUT of jet-fuel. Relief supplies being flown in are landing in the Dominican Republic some 200 miles away and convoying those supplies to Port au Prince.

Aid delivery is still bogged down by congestion at the Port-au-Prince airport, lack of jet fuel, quake damage at the seaport, poor roads and the fear of looters and robbers.

The problems at the overloaded airport forced a big Red Cross aid mission to strike out overland from Santo Domingo, almost 200 miles away in the Dominican Republic. The convoy included up to 10 trucks carrying temporary shelters, a 50-bed field hospital and some 60 medical specialists.

"It's not possible to fly anything into Port-au-Prince right now. The airport is completely congested," Red Cross spokesman Paul Conneally said from the Dominican capital.

It takes tons of jet-fuel loaded into a large heavy lift transport jet in order for it to fly out of the Port au Prince airport and return to its base and there are around 17 of them sitting in the airport now.


Larry Lorimor   January 16th, 2010 10:32 pm ET

I encourage you to help the world shift its focus on Haiti from recovery to rebuilding. There are 1000 times more people at risk in the next month from broken water systems, failed electricity, compromised ports and impassable roads as compared to those who trapped under the concrete.

We need the army corp of engineers even more than we need the hospital ship.

I have been to Haiti twice on missions trips and hold these people dear to my heart.

I really thank CNN for the best of all coverage of this disaster.

God Bless.

Larry


Julia Goldberg   January 16th, 2010 10:36 pm ET

When they find bodies that nobody identifies, they can make a photo, and assign a combination such as the first letter of the neighborhood and number them, and then bury and mark the burial place with that combination, and write the same on the back of each photo and then use these photos so that eventually they can be identified over time. You have the marking of th eburial plac and can find where everyone is buried.

Greetings,
Julia


jack   January 16th, 2010 10:42 pm ET

I can only speak for myself, but I would prefer to see an overview of the situation in Haiti. While every person is precious and my heart goes out to those who have been saved and the few who are still perhaps alive beneath the rubble; I would like to see more of the crowds in the heart of this hellish situation. I know Sanja Gupta and Anderson Cooper must be exhausted, especially Sanja. I think some fresh , well protected, journalists should get into the thick of things and report back with commentary and footage where the masses are in dire straits. Is there disorder and chaos? While it will not be plesant to see many things, we can take it. Show us what is going on where the crowds are:; where they are waiting for much needed help. With perhaps over 100,000 people , or more, dead or in dire straits, show us the big picture. And , just like the journalists, the relief givers need to get into the masses, where aid is needed most.


jack   January 16th, 2010 10:50 pm ET

Larry Lorimor@ You are right. This will take some followup to help ,even slightly with the terrible poverty and suffering there. It should involve all nations , and include rebuilding efforts and such. Why not some off shoring work for these people? They need some infrastructure and reforestation. If the government would provide some oversight for fair wages , perhaps some manufacturing and agricultural projects could be set up. Education would be a key element also ,including information about birth control etc.


Rebecca   January 16th, 2010 11:10 pm ET

God bless the reporters and relief works and all the people who are doing their best to help in Haiti. I see it on their faces and I hear it in their voices, they will never be the same. But they get to come home the Haitian people have to continue to live there. I don't understand a lot about Haiti and the people there. How they could live in that sort of poverty with the government they have and not stand up to make it a better place. But it is not for me to understand. I hope now, maybe now it will be made a better place for the ones who survived to live. The worlds eyes and attention is on them. So don't forget what we are seeing.


Willow   January 16th, 2010 11:11 pm ET

Does anyone know how we can volunteer to go to Haiti to assist? I have viewed several websites, i.e., Salvation Army, Red Cross, etc. and I have not been able to find anywhere that shows instructions or anything else on volunteering to go and help.


Wendy Bossetti   January 16th, 2010 11:12 pm ET

Brad,

It is with welcome relief that I see your posting and hear daily reports of your safety from your mom. My heart aches for you as I know this experience is life altering for you. You are doing such important and amazing work there, we are very proud of you. We always knew you were destined for greatness ! Hopefully your mom sent along my comments about critical incident stress debriefing. If CNN does not provide that please encourage them to investigate it. I'd be happy to organize it!

Stay safe and come home soon. We love you.

Wendy and Denis Bossetti


A. Smith, Oregon   January 16th, 2010 11:27 pm ET

The contractors and corporations they work for that built all of those newer concrete buildings in Haiti, that were no where near any safe engineering practices that all immediately pancaked should be held LIABLE by American and Haitian family members that were killed in those death-traps.

I wouldn't be surprised if Dick Cheneys Houston, Texas based Halliburton/KGB construction was involved in some of those buildings that collapsed. Try those criminals in the world court for manslaughter.


Mimi   January 17th, 2010 12:25 am ET

Why CNN is not showing the filed hospital the Israeli set up in Haiti to save lives? Something positive!


tazz   January 17th, 2010 12:34 am ET

I cant believe that DR!!!!! Sanjay Gupta is wasting precious time playing reporter....HELP them and stop worrying about the camera....anyone can do the reporting, Good Lord whats wrong with you people.


Betty smith   January 17th, 2010 12:35 am ET

this is in reference to Larry's interview with John Scarboro the Adel Ga man who left his son-in-law David Apperson behind in Haiti.
No one that I have spoken to concerning the interview wasn't at all impressed by John Scarboro in my opinion he ran like a coward leaving his family members fate unknown.
As John Scarboro was shown to have only scrapes a few cuts and bruises and there was no real medical emergency that prevented that selfish inconsiderate coward from staying instead of running away.
Nothing short of death could have got me out of Haiti under the circumstances.
To top it off he has forbid anyone in his family to join the search teams at the Hotel Montana


brian   January 17th, 2010 12:35 am ET

Larry, why the United States aid and relief help dragging their feet into getting around that city, if the news can get in, but the military and other relief cant get in, this is so sad, only thing these people getting is alot of talk amd empty promises, surely the military can get in, if not ask and bring back the military veterans, we will show the world how it's done, Oh, the United Nation forces are a joke, if a real fight break out , they would drop their weapons and run, I have seen this happen in war with them, get them the hell out of there and bring in the people from the United States, a real United Nation of people.................., and Larry dont forget about the Haitian people that serve in our military, they can help protect the people of this country , but we are slow about helping the people of their country!!!!!


brian   January 17th, 2010 12:56 am ET

wow, making haiti into a U.S. Territory , a great idea of Sharon Tyree, why is it Larry that common folks can think of all these ideas that make sense and the president and his governing body , including congress can't, only thing they can think of , is stealing money from the American people through taxation. I believe Dick Cheneys Houston, Texas based Halliburton/KGB construction was involved in some of those buildings collapsing, The president needs to do an investagation on the $208 Million taxpayer dollars fraud. The US and other country owe the Haitian people help, because of their forefather placing them there during slavery and leaving them with nothing,.I figure that countries dont really care for Haitian because the country does not have any natrual resource that they can rob from it.


tazz   January 17th, 2010 12:58 am ET

That place should have been flooded with Drs. and nurses by now, I don't see them and I am not buying the blocked roads and runways excuse.


luckybee   January 17th, 2010 1:11 am ET

God has turn his back from all the Katholiek en Moslim reign country's, it means Satan is reigning in all those country's.I am afraid that de USA wil lost the God's protection, if the Katholieks en the Islam, in the USA , will change that country, to an atheistic country like socialisme, al la Karl Marx .God will turn his back on the USA too.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   January 17th, 2010 1:22 am ET

This confirms what I thought............ but just saw on our 6pm news on Haiti..........a local man appealing for the aid to be delivered directly to them.........and not to go through corrupt officials. Very sad situation.


jack   January 17th, 2010 1:28 am ET

luckybee@Sorry, but your remarks do not make a lot of sense. Get a grip.


Dodie   January 17th, 2010 1:32 am ET

Tazz.. I am with you on that one. Where are the MDs?


Charles Martin   January 17th, 2010 1:34 am ET

I will try to explain my point, without pointing a finger, ...given the circumstances. The most basic of a story, is who, what, when, where, and how.....Reporter Ivan Watson covered the story from Thurs to Fri, on an 11year old girl who died after being rescued from her home. I googled her story, but could not find her name typed in alphabetical letter's anywhere. She is only described as...."11-year-old- girl rescued," "Trapped Haitian girl dies despite rescue," "Hatian Girl Rescued... Dies", "Rescued girl, 11, dies after bid to save her. She had Courage,..and an overwhealming Spirit, that was beyond her year's. for that brief period...I saw her in life, who better to have...as a "Guardian Angel," to the world.....than her?. I think if we want to honor her life, and future live's lost in this tragedy, I think we owe them 10-15 seconds of our time to write down there name and post there name properly. She was a minor, but....her mother and extented relative's were notified, to the best of my knowlege. My apology if I come across as being critical, but there's no shortage of individual's whos names will never be known. I will truely, never forget that little girl..for as I live. But how can I say her name, if I cannot spell her name?.

We love you!! Ivan Watson, Campbell Brown, Anderson Cooper, Sanja Gupta and the entire! CNN Staff.

Charles Martin Atlanta Ga.


jack   January 17th, 2010 1:37 am ET

I think this is of such a magnitude many of us can't understand the massive problems with logistics and distribution. I think there are a lot of devoted people there doing their best in an almost unbelievable situation. It is very sad that relief was not faster, but I do not think that is from a lack of response or a lot of bravery and hard work. Now, the second stage, will probably be more about water and food and medical supply distribution. The dead must be removed, the sick cared for, and others provided with basic needs. Dr. Gupta was sent as a journalist, but has also done a lot of doctoring. I think he is one of the best CNN has sent on this mission.


jack   January 17th, 2010 1:44 am ET

Dr. Gupta is wearing two hats, while it would be hard for most of us to wear one. Remember , he was sent as a journalist, but has such a big heart , that he had to respond to the suffering. He is a fine man, in my book.


Dodie   January 17th, 2010 1:47 am ET

@ Jack

This should be a wake up call for the world


A. Smith, Oregon   January 17th, 2010 1:48 am ET

Emergency Support crews would need to arrive via the airport in the Dominican Republic and arrange for a 200 mile trip into Haiti. The only other approach would be via a boat from Miami, Florida. Neither option is fast enough to flood that area with adequate amounts of medical specialists for many days from now. The USSN Comfort Naval hospital ship is due in Haitian waters this coming Thursday.

If medical care is sparse in the capitol of Haiti, I would imagine it is practically non-existent in the many cities and villages away from Port au Prince which also were devastated by the recent earthquake.


Dodie   January 17th, 2010 1:53 am ET

Good Evening A. Smith! Jamaica and Cuba are very close


Dodie   January 17th, 2010 1:54 am ET

Kingston, Jamaica has a large airport. They could obtain aviation fuel there.


jack   January 17th, 2010 1:55 am ET

Dodie@ I agree,and think if a catastrophe of this magnitude happened in US, we would want everyone to put politics aside and render vital aid. While I think Pat Robertson's remarks about the slave's pact with the devil may have just been a weird thing to say, and I credit him with the humanitarian aid he has sent: I feel that Limbaugh's remarks were simply mean, and I hope they clue the ditto heads in on his agenda. His agenda of furthering elitist corporate interests are very apparent , if you take a look at his past comments.


Dodie   January 17th, 2010 2:01 am ET

Jack

Limbaugh is an idiot! Everyone knows that. You notice he has been quiet since Haiti


A. Smith, Oregon   January 17th, 2010 2:04 am ET

If Jamaica has a mass amount of surplus jet fuel, how does that get to the Port au Prince airport in large amounts, Dodie? A C130 tanker might be able to find a single place to land but I'm not sure if one could supply enough flown in fuel for a single C5 of C17 on the ground.

Practical approach, bulldoze the road between the airport and the tanker facility at the harbor and begin a 24/7 convoy of tankers with fuel.


Hugues Joseph   January 17th, 2010 2:05 am ET

I like how President Obama handling this Haiti situation, I think that he has done and continuing doing a great job. The comment I have is because of the earthquake the people who suppose to get they visa to come to the US are not able to due to the fact the embassy is damage now they're are homeless in Haiti but they do have a home in America which makes it more sad because us in America can not get no answer.


Dodie   January 17th, 2010 2:05 am ET

Pat Robertson is another one we could send to outer space so we do not have to listen to their rhetoric.


Dodie   January 17th, 2010 2:07 am ET

They fly to Haiti for the drop off, then to Kingston to fill up so they can fly home. It is duable


A. Smith, Oregon   January 17th, 2010 2:10 am ET

If the Jet's came in with enough fuel to unload and then take off and make it to Jamaica where they could fill-up, yes that's a solution for future incoming flights.

The 17 large transport jets stuck at the airport however are likely too low on jet fuel to take off and make it even to the airport in the Dominican Republic some 200 miles away.


Dodie   January 17th, 2010 2:13 am ET

Kingston Jamaica has a large international airport. They even have one on the other side of the island in Montego bay


jack   January 17th, 2010 2:14 am ET

@A. Smith...yes, one report said many people were fleeing from Port au Prince. And who knows what awaits them outside the city, where many may view the fleeing people with fear, or frustration from ability to be of much help? With their central government devasted, it will be hard to restore order, with all the understandable panics. Time is certainly of the essence.


Dodie   January 17th, 2010 2:18 am ET

They can land in Kingston Jamaica, fill up and then make the small flight to Haiti That airport can handle Huge jets


Dodie   January 17th, 2010 2:19 am ET

They can medi-vac people out of Haiti via Kingston Jamaica


Dodie   January 17th, 2010 2:24 am ET

I am very concerned about the bacterial/viral 'soup' in Haiti


jack   January 17th, 2010 2:29 am ET

@Dodie...Yes, with all the pestilence potential . makes swine flu threat kind of pale somewhat by comparison. Of course , they still have the flu threat compounded by cholera and many other diseases , especially with all the dead underneath the rubble. If it rains , I suppose it could get worse. What an awful situation for these people who have known so much hardship in the past.


Brenda Stout   January 17th, 2010 2:30 am ET

CNN–Thank You for the 24 hour coverage of the tragedy in Haiti–What I would like to no you are American Reporters. We do not allow televised dead bodies of americans, who dye shooting, car accident-So, use some judgement on showing the garbage trucks with deceased Haitians–They are not garbage they were human beings and should be treated as such. Where are the Coroners and Funeral Home Representatives from our country, God knows they make a lot off money here. Please someone get help for these people. Reporters put down your microphones and help. Please Thank You!


Dodie   January 17th, 2010 2:34 am ET

Jack... many had aids and this can make things very complicated for everyone. Especially if it rains... making a huge bowl of soup everywhere of infections. Can be a real problem. plus not burning the bodies


jack   January 17th, 2010 2:44 am ET

Dodie@ Yes, viral and bacterial threats. Another reason to commend Dr. Gupta , who out of compassion, dove right into the problem, even though he is probably exhausted and putting himself at considerable risk for disease. I knew he was a member of Doctors Without Borders, but this shows him for the fine man he is. And all the CNN journalists as well as those from other networks are to be commended for their hard work under awful conditions.


Dodie   January 17th, 2010 2:51 am ET

@ Jack

Yes, I agree. Many can be placed in harms way. Never know what could mutate. Trying not to be to specific, think this is a very sensitive area. Typing in shorthand for that reason. Not full or complete sentences, you get the drift!


jack   January 17th, 2010 2:54 am ET

@Dodie...I think I get your drift, not only there but maybe in this country as well. These are certainly troublous times.


Dodie   January 17th, 2010 2:56 am ET

People flying in and out.. carry all kinds of little things which one cannot see. Could be world problem, not just US?


jack   January 17th, 2010 3:01 am ET

@Brenda Stout... I know it is not a pleasant thought, but it may be better for the people who are yet alive to have large burials and cremations. The effort to identify the bodies through photographs etc. is certainly needed. But, given the time element, it may be best if they remove the dead as soon as possible. That is not negating their humanity, by any means, but simply dealing with a harsh reality. Though we must honor those that have passed on, we have to address the safety of the living, as well.


jack   January 17th, 2010 3:10 am ET

@Dodie...All that concrete and little rebar. Sounds like someone was cutting corners. So much for business to look out for your best interests , without regulations. Reagonites , and Bushies, this is voodoo economics! It works out nice for the haves, not so well for the have nots.


Brenda Stout   January 17th, 2010 3:13 am ET

@Jack–YES–Yes it should be done out of respect for the dead. There country is so devasted why not every country allow these people in there country's so they can adequate care. Seems to me it would be the most respectful thing for them. Like America did for Katrina–people opened up there homes to them. God Bless Haitians.


A. Smith, Oregon   January 17th, 2010 3:18 am ET

I'm not sure how advisable it is to land a fully fueled heavy lift transport jet with a full cargo @ Dodie. The fuel alone is an enormous amount of weight on the wings multiplied with the load in the cargo hold would likely push the landing gear and the runways past their extreme allowed pressures.

Yes @ Jack, a full accounting needs to be done by a Democratic congressional oversight hearing to look into any Halliburton/KBR or American Corporation that was involved in the construction of those death trap shoddy concrete buildings and pushed over to the US Justice Dept. for criminal and civil proceedings.


jack   January 17th, 2010 3:22 am ET

Brenda Stout@ Yes, this is a sad situation for all humanity. Most will probably want to stay in their homeland. But aid should be extended by every country. If they can just get the food, water and secure temporary living quarters in place soon it will save many lives. I think there is massive aid on it's way. Things may be much better there soon. We hope so.


jack   January 17th, 2010 3:32 am ET

@A. Smith..Sounds like the higher priced homes were not , in many cases, built with eartquake safety in mind, and this over a known fault line. And that high priced hotel , where so many well off visitors stayed at ,was not built to withstand an earthquake of this type either. Makes one wonder if places like San Francisco could withstand an eartquake near the surface of this magnitude . While they are probably built much closer to code, I would assume there would be a lot of buildings that would collapse there as well.


Dodie   January 17th, 2010 3:41 am ET

Jack
nothing is earthquake proof! It would be a disaster here as well. The 1906 San Francisco earthquake with over 80% of the city was destroyed by the earthquake and fire and thousands were killed.

I live between two major faults. San Andreas Fault and the Newport Beach Fault.


Kristen   January 17th, 2010 3:45 am ET

@ all of you who have NO IDEA what Haiti looked like before...

No comapnies built buildings in Haiti – the MAJORITY of the buildings here were built by the people who live or work in them. Dick Cheney's company surely was not in Haiti cutting corners. There are no (or very little) regulations on buildings. Most people live in houses made of tin and cinder blocks. You have to be kidding me that you would blame anyone for the fact that buildings fell in an earthquake.
Haiti's government has been EXTREMELY corrupt for many, many years. If the USA gives them money, the government usually takes it and pays themselves; they do not care about the people of Haiti. Is that not obvious now? The government is no where to be found. It is not US fraud – it is the way the Haitian government chose to spend the money. The officials chose to stay rich and keep the people poor.
The roads in Haiti were terrible on a bad day – I imagine that they are, indeed, horrific now.
Haiti has an extremely high population of people living with HIV and AIDS. Just taking blood from one survivor and giving it to another would be insane and be a cause of spreading AIDS very rapidly. Blood has to be tested PROPERLY. It isn't as easy as hooking up one person to another and transferring blood. Please think about these things before getting angry that they are not getting done.
Aside from that, who the heck cares about the past? It does not matter who did what. What matters now is that order is created and maintained, people are saved, the rubble is disposed of properly, the dead are buried quickly to prevent widesread disease, and a government, which is not corrupt, is put into place. Quit blaming people for a natural disaster and start trying to figure out a way to help these people. Democrats and Republicans need to forget differences and come together NOW. How will we ever have peace when we have so many troublemakers?
If you put as much energy into raising funds for Haiti as you have whining that it is not being done right, you could have had quite a sum collected by now. Many people are doing the best they can. For that, we must be thankful.


Kristen   January 17th, 2010 3:48 am ET

@ Brad

Your blog is wonderful. You write in a way that we may all feel as if we are experiencing this with you. May God keep you safe and may you bring hope to the people of Haiti. Thank you for what you are doing.


Dodie   January 17th, 2010 3:57 am ET

Building contractors in Haiti cut corners by adding more sand and less cement to the mix. The result is a structurally weaker material that quickly deteriorates. Many structures were built of poured concrete or block, since little lumber is available due to mass deforestation, The problem lies with inadequate materials and shoddy construction resulting in the collapse of many buildings

@ A. Smith and Jack Good Night and have a wonderful weekend!


A. Smith, Oregon   January 17th, 2010 4:13 am ET

@ Dodie, good evening and I hope you have a good weekend also!

@ Jack, compare the recent 6.5 on the San Andres Fault at Eureka, CA. When that occurred, I blogged that although the effects were generally MILD, that would not be the case in many 3rd. world countrys.

I realize many wouldn't remember that even if the bloggers here read it, however it is true now as it was when I wrote that. Homes fitted to withstand a moderate earthquake design would not pancake as happened to nearly all of the destroyed concrete buildings in Port au Prince. As you noted @ Jack, many of the support pillars were sadly lacking the most basic in heavy rebar steel reinforcing. When those broke or were simply shattered, the floors collapsed.


Bourque Simmons   January 17th, 2010 4:56 am ET

My sister-in-law is desperately trying to get the media to know – there are people outside Port-au-Prince walking towards P-au-P for help/ aide. Her brother, sister -in – law and their 2 daughters – they need help.

"2 be clear- when your informing the meadia they r coming from a town outside of Port Au Prince called Petiti Goave- this area has been hit hard 2 roads are blocked with rubble and dead bodies- my brother, his wife, 4yr & 12 yr old daughters have been walking thru this since Wednesday 2 get 2 help-"


A. Smith, Oregon   January 17th, 2010 5:06 am ET

The Rainy season in Haiti normally begins in May, with the Hurricane season ramping up in July. That is a few months away, however the mass amount of infra-structure destruction is unlikely to change in any meaningful way in 4 months.

Water, Sewer, and Electricity is likely many months from being up and running in any real sense to more than a tiny handful of homes in Port au Prince. A mass migration of people out of Port au Prince is being reported and highly likely in the days ahead.

There would likely be a temptation for roving crowds of displaced Haitians from Port au Prince to walk 20 miles north to the mostly undisturbed homes, eliminate the owners and move in. Not a very good situation for those Haitians outside Port au Prince that suddenly find hundreds of staving people demanding food, goods and
help at their front doors.

Would it be any different if that occurred here in America over a extremely large area? If the mass destruction occurred by Nuclear Weapons, simply digging out the survivors would place the rescue staff in risk of absorbing high levels of background radiation. Survivors would migrate and descend upon the homes of those fortunate enough to escape destruction only to be at potential risk from desperate and starving strangers.

This nightmare is what the Republican Party has been pushing America into, replace the Republican war hawks and vote in more Democratic Congress and Senators for a better tomorrow!


concerned   January 17th, 2010 6:11 am ET

in the face of the trajedy and crisis facing the
people of haiti..there might be a silver lining
in all of this; with all this international attention
i feel that haiti will now get the much needed support
to not only stabilise but the much needed help to advance the
country in the global arena..


rosey petals   January 17th, 2010 6:22 am ET

Haitian families need around the clock workers, no more photos of former presidents. Those two rich former presidents should pledge one million dollars of their own money on the spot and ask their super rich buddies to match, then that might work. Prayers for Haitian families for enduring slavery and one tragedy after another and still the women rise singing praise. Our hearts are heavy. The world is reacting not like Katrinia.


jean-marc koumoue   January 17th, 2010 6:36 am ET

I read most of the comments and I will try to give some answers based on my personal knowlege of Haiti. I work in Haiti at the UN mission (MINUSTAH) since 2004 as in charge of protocol. I lost friends and colleagues and everyday the list is growing....I heard about the tragedy after I woke up from back surgery this week...I

due to the lack of infrastructure and the degree of the disaster, help are really hard to organize and reach everyone. also the tragedy is not limited only to Port-au-Prince, other location in the south like leogane, jacmel, miragoane, are severly affected and no one have been there yet.
Government, UN agencies, and others important institutions have been hitted by the earthquake. there is no communications at all...and when massive help arrived in a country where all insfrastrures are missing it is normal to get confusion specially people from different countries, languages and culture.
He might seem easy to bring any goods to the airport, but how are you going to transport those goods safely. we need to assess the all country and see what, when, how, where help need to be sent. The airport control tower is down so there is no traffic controller..This nothing to do with any UN politics or else..this is the reality of the field.

everyone on the ground knows how important time is crucial to save people and they do the best they can. We should provide them all our support and encourage them to pursuit it.


Invincible   January 17th, 2010 6:45 am ET

Have rescued the pregnant woman today!
This is a miracle!
God with those who waits miracle!


This is it!   January 17th, 2010 7:49 am ET

For Aniaka St. Louis a.k.a The Little Lawyer~

For the little girl that died,
its to heaven she went,
the angles flew down,
because of God they were sent!
For her fight was strong,
and terribly brave she was,
the Lord called her name,
for what reason because?
Little precious child,
you are in peace right now,
the Lord gave you your wings,
its to you, I now bow!

Bless the little angel girl~


Dave Knights   January 17th, 2010 7:56 am ET

Haiti and the World,

17 day's agomillions of people watched Anerson Cooper celebrate the New Years Eve party in Times Square, yet today the only thing he can celebrate as he reports from Haiti is the recovery of people still alive amongst the ruins.

We sit in shock and disbelief, silently wishing there was something more we could do.

A glimmer of hope shines just beyond the city as our faith in humanity is restored watching the world come together in peaceful coexistence to extend it's help in any way we can.

Whether you donate five dollars or a million dollars, we collectively build one foundation for a greater purpose with no pedestals.

I applaud the World,

Most Sincerely,

Dave Knights,
Edmonton, Alberta.
Canada.


Lenore Taylor   January 17th, 2010 9:55 am ET

I watched a priest being interviewed this morning on CNN. He was being asked why a loving God would allow this tragedy to happen. He had no answers.

I hope there is no God, because if he exists I despise him. Would a loving entity who is all-powerful allow this terrible suffering?


Florence   January 17th, 2010 10:27 am ET

Wyclef Jean has always been loyal to the Haitians. He has been fighting to help those struggling in Cite Soleil for several years. Thanks to him actors such as Angelina Jolie, Bratt Pitt and Matt Damon contributed largely to the Haitian cause through Yele. Those who made these false allegations owe Mr. Jean an apology.


Florence   January 17th, 2010 10:33 am ET

They have not really shown the area of Petion-Ville or Pelerin and Laboule. How are the people doing there?


Gerald Jolly   January 17th, 2010 10:53 am ET

Let us hope that "IF THEIR IS A GOD" that he exacts severe retribution on a FALSE PROPHET by the name of Pat Robertson.

In my opinion he truly is, a messenger from the dark side.

SATAN'S CHOICE.


Venante Jose   January 17th, 2010 11:11 am ET

The comment of Pat Robertson We should never ask the same in return for our brothers,we just present it to God.This is from God teaching. He is from the dark side and we should forgive him for his ignorance. Look at all the love we have pouring to us! CNN, We salute you by taking off our hats to you. and to all the world,We elevate your name to the lord our God,We thank you.


Elaine Mellix   January 17th, 2010 11:28 am ET

For God's sake, please get rid of Wolf.
This is not for him to cover. His questions were so mean and unhealthy, mean spirited, just sickening..
Good by Larry King Show..


Elaine Mellix   January 17th, 2010 11:35 am ET

Theren is a God. Maybe, Pat will ask for forgiveness.
He is really losing it. 700 Club get him out befor you all go to hell.
I think he (pr) is the evil person. Did you notice poor Krista's face when he was stating the evil remarks.???


Charles Martin   January 17th, 2010 11:35 am ET

Aniaka St. Louis,.....That is her name.

Thank You! CNN.


This is it!   January 17th, 2010 11:40 am ET

An earth quake it was,
as it shook Haiti's land,
it tumbled down buildings,
and killed many of their man!
The world all ran,
to the Haitian's aide,
helping our fellow man,
as we cried and prayed!
For we are the world,
and we will all stand by,
help them build a new land,
in their time of need, as they cry!
We will give them hope,
and share our love too,
lets all hold hands together,
and see these people thru!

Bless Haiti~


Denise Marhoefer The Defense Foundation For Children USA   January 17th, 2010 12:11 pm ET

My question is this. According to all the aerial views from the temporary camps that are set up, these are surrounded by land that could be used
to land planes and helicopters.

I do not understand why these areas were/are not used to expedite the arrival of doctors and nurses, medical supplies, food and water.


Cindy   January 17th, 2010 12:44 pm ET

@This is It,
MJ would be very proud of you.


pamela adams   January 17th, 2010 1:12 pm ET

Hi,
I am trying to get out the word that there is a small airstrip, 3000ft long in Les Cayes, Haiti that is not being used for relief efforts. It is a good airport.
The road to Port au Prince is accessable. There are many towns in between that have been affected and need help too. The people of Port are bringing in their wounded to Les Cayes and surrounding areas. There is a huge need for medical supplies and doctors in this area. Please help me to get out the word and help the people!


Sasha A. Chanaka   January 17th, 2010 1:37 pm ET

SHORT-TERM HUMANE SOLUTIONS TO HELP THE HAITIANS:

Here’s a solution for getting relief to the hungry, suffering, dying people of Haiti.

The fear of having disorganized food distribution will end up being just organized death and dying. The longer you wait to feed a hungry man, woman, or child the more disoriented and irrational he/she will become. Fear and riots will be inevitable, when the rations do arrive. Compounded disaster is just waiting to happen.

Disorganized Feeding of these desperate Haitians is more humane while they wait for the roads to be cleared so necessary foodstuffs and medicines can be driven to them.

SOLUTIONS:

• Drop from many helicopters biscuits wrapped in plastic, juice drinks in boxes with attached straws, granola bars, wipe-its, tubes of tooth paste, etc. wrapped in giant sheets. Release the sheets over open spaces where you see large numbers of Haitians. Even if the men get to them first, the others will eventually get some. The drops need to be consistently repeated while the Haitians wait for the grounds to be made travel-ready where the foodstuffs are being unloaded.

• Drop from divers helicopters hospital equipment, tents, blankets, and supplies in locations where there are existing triages and where others can be set up. A hospital ship due to arrive in a week will increase the number of the suffering and dying. Many cannot wait that long. Military personnel can parachute down to provide assistance in maintaining orderliness while the nurses, doctors, and volunteers set up the triages and tend to the injured, etc.

Look at it as giant piñatas releasing much needed food and water to the Haitians much like God did with the Israelites in the wilderness. They were hungry and cried for help, much like the Haitians are doing today.

God provided them manna to be eaten in the morning, which was bread that was “like coriander seed with a white color; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey” (Ex. 16:31 / Numbers 11:8-9). Drop the Haitians thousands of biscuits or something to eat wrapped in plastic.

He also provided them with quail to be eaten at night.

The Lord “rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven. Man did eat angels’ food; for He sent them meat to the full. He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by His power he brought in the south wind. He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea: and He let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations. So they did eat, and were well filled;” and they lived. (Psalms 78:24-29).

For just a few days, you can spray Port-au-Prince with needed items and foodstuffs much like crops are sprayed with pesticides.

"And the people stood up all that day, and all that night, and all the next day, and they gathered the quails: he that gathered least gathered ten homers: and they spread them all abroad for themselves round about the camp. (Numbers 11: 31-32). Some gathered some more and some less. He that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack.” (Exodus 16:17-18). If some hoard, so what; they live.

The Israelites in the wilderness were hungry, thirsty, murmuring, and complaining much like the Haitians are doing today—and rightfully so. Water was miraculously provided by God. It is a miracle that food and water have already been provided to the Haitians. This is due, in no small part, to the generous donations of millions of sympathizers around the world. Now, the miracle is to deliver it to them.

The Israelites needed provisions every day for 40 years until they were ready to eat a different food from the Promised Land where they were headed. You won’t have to air-drop foodstuffs that long in Haiti. Let this be the true bread from heaven dropped from helicopters, airplanes, and piñatas to feed the hungry and quench the thirst of the Haitians, beginning today. God used the assistance of Moses and the Elders of Israel to accomplish this awesome task. God has provided the Haitians with far more assistants. They come from the Red Cross, the military, the United Nations, et al, and many more volunteers from around the globe. They are just waiting to perform greater miracles than God did in the wilderness, and in a shorter period of time.

God was successful. Let’s learn from the Best. Through His example, we can perform a greater work on behalf of His hungry, dying people, the Haitians.

Disorganized Something is better than Organized Nothing!

Rev. Sasha (A. Chanaka)


john finney   January 17th, 2010 1:42 pm ET

LK,
what/how can relief to Haiti be delivered faster/better? Shouldnt we be dropping food/water from planes/helicopters to cleared areas just outside the city to encourage faster delivery and to get folks to get the hell out of the city before chaos & desease takes over...seems logical? Thanks


Garry Lorcy   January 17th, 2010 2:09 pm ET

Does Haiti still get a chance?
The earth quake on tuesday 13, 2010 that put the country in a very bad condition, leave many of Haitian people uncertain about the future of the country. Before the earth quake life was not easy in Haiti, after the earth quake it is a nightmare. But the country still get a chance with the help of the international community especially USA, France and Canada to be rebuilt. Right now USA are doing tremendous job in Haiti to evacuate about 40000 american citizens and I was one of them. Right the most important thing for haitian people in the street is to find a safe place and food to eat. I believe right there are lot of foods from the International community in Haiti but the necessary dispositions to distribute the food are not in place yet. For the next couple weeks if they do not take any necessary action to supply foods to people in needs it will bepainful to see people start getting sick and die. I believe quick action should be taken to see if the can solve the food problem.

Garry Lorcy


ckelly   January 17th, 2010 2:52 pm ET

A well written first hand account Brad-Its true, unless someone was there-the experience isn't truly real...my prayers and thoughts continue to go out to the people of Haiti and the stranded and missing nationals. Thoughts and prayers also out to the many reporters, military servicemen/women, rescuers and medical staff in Haiti from around the world.


Susan Bannister   January 17th, 2010 3:00 pm ET

Wish that I were a young person again, as I would want to help those in Haiti–what a tragedy! Praying for those lost in the rubble and the orphans left to fend for themselves–hope the looting and dangers there subside soon.


Mancene Sinclair   January 17th, 2010 4:17 pm ET

God Help the people of Haiti!

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, God Bless you, for covering the Dr. Team that was evacuated for safety reasons. All along I have thought they could announce with a bullhorn in French and English, where food would be dropped, and have corresponding teams on the ground. I see I have not been the only one....to think that......except for the "big thinkers" who are in charge. The US Marines, who dropped food by helicopter, probably took it in their own hands. God Bless them!

The thought of who is responsible for the shoddy buildings that these poor people were housed in, and the idea that "haliburton" had anything to do with that.......lays right along the "Conspriacy Theory" of Jesse Ventura's. Can this possibly be so????? Did a US person actually make money off this totally unsafe building technique? This is something that should be investigated. Seriously!

Something is just not right about all of this. I have watched this from my home for 5 days, and have gotten an ill feeling out of what has happened. Not enough medicine, antibiotics, pain meds, surgical rooms. If this was a preset anihilation of a mass humanity, for a better cause, wouldn't the United States have been better keeping the Journalists out of the area, so as to not tell us, and show us, what is really going on over there? Don't get me wrong, I know that most everyone who is there to help, is really there to help, but again, it almost seems like we are going through the actions, without doing what really could've helped. Obvious, when so many of us at home, seem to have such great suggestions, that we have not seen approached. Delusional Ex-Presidents on tv, have not helped that ill feeling I can't but help to have. Dr.'s walking out of field hospitals, because of the Un, or not because of the UN. Not enough medicines, and a hospital ship that will not be there until Thursday?

Being an American, I am happy that so many Americans have been rescued....but who decided that evacuating them was priority, over say, an 11 year old Haiti girl, who was rescued by her fellow man, only to die, because there was no one to help her, after she was pulled out.
A specific journalist talked about how there were several rescue operations going to the "Rich" Montana hotel, while no one, even attempted to save Haitians, who were alive, stuck in their schools.

God Bless you journalists, whom the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that will follow you, will, as well, follow us. You have never worried about your security and abandoned people in time of need. You have asked the true questions, that all of us, at home, in the comfort of our houses, have asked ourselves again and again as this plays out. Unfortunately you, have more realism in the smells, and sounds of death, and most certainly, a most helpless feeling. I bet you all wished you had packed antibiotics, and pain meds, and saws, in your luggage. And as I write this, more people have died, who may have lived. Jesse Ventura states that the "Rich" of the world want a smaller population. I guess capitalizing on a horrendous natural disaster like this, is a great way to start. I am not happy, that you have prooven him to be correct.


mike d   January 17th, 2010 6:19 pm ET

i understand the devestation of haiti and it is very difficult to watch all the pain that they are enduring. what i wish to know is why the people of the station ask such ignorant questions. to me it is sickening. what they should be asking are questions such as, what messages can relate to as for what we can do. we are working on what we can do. we will relate these messages so hopefully we can help supply a certain area in need. your communication expertise can supply a great need., instead of the dumb questions, such as hmmm how does it feel to have your foot amutatied. please lets stop commercialising this devastation. treat it as the destructive force that it was. and hopeully more of the world will come to the aid of haiti.


mike d   January 17th, 2010 6:20 pm ET

i understand the devistation of haiti and it is very difficult to watch all the pain that they are enduring. what i wish to know is why the people of the station ask such ignorant questions. to me it is sickening. what they should be asking are questions such as, what messages can relate to as for what we can do. we are working on what we can do. we will relate these messages so hopefully we can help supply a certain area in need. your communication expertise can supply a great need., instead of the dumb questions, such as hmmm how does it feel to have your foot amutatied. please lets stop commercialising this devastation. treat it as the destructive force that it was. and hopeully more of the world will come to the aid of haiti.


Mancene Sinclair   January 17th, 2010 6:36 pm ET

Oh, and as for Hillary....We expected more out of you then a One Hour political show stop, and a overnight stay in a tropical resort in Jamaica. I'm sure you slept more soundly then 3 million Haitians.


Jim Spears from Hawaii   January 17th, 2010 6:45 pm ET

Where is the Vatican in all the death and destruction in Haiti? I see no mention of financial assistance from them, or any other material assistance. Haiti is approx. 95% Roman Catholic and Haiti's Constitution states Catholicism is the national religion. The Vatican's policy on artificial birth control is directly and greatly responsible for the over-population of Haiti which translates to a greater loss of life and injury from any disasters, not to mention other miseries. Never mind "political correctness", tell it like it is.


Bruce Burrow   January 17th, 2010 7:38 pm ET

While we have had our problems in the relationship with Cuba I am impressed that they were one fo the first responders to Haiti's needs. I understand they have sent doctors, medical personal and supplies. In addition to assist the US in it's releif efforts, I understand they have provided clearance for it's airspace. Perhaps this gives both countries to buid on for the future. Let's hope so.


lindafromnewyork   January 17th, 2010 7:42 pm ET

A big Thank you to the United States for taking the lead to help Haiti. Being Haitian I can tell you this the problem with Haiti for the longest time has been officials in the Haitian Government Lining their pockets. Some govenement officials are only interested in themselves. I remember the United States use to send aid to Haiti when I was a little girl-the Haitian Government use to turn around and sell these things to the Haitian People(i.e., powedered milk, cheese, etc.). If the United States wants to help Haiti–Alot needs to change. If anyone in Haiti is involved with the money that is being collected by any of these non profit groups-some of the money will not reach the ones in need. I can guarantee it.


lindafromnewyork   January 17th, 2010 7:54 pm ET

Let me clarify, I am not saying that everyone in Hait is selfish and does not care about their fellow man. We can all see that for the most part Haitians care very much about each other by the way they are helping each other in Port Au Prince. At the same time you have some that will take advantage of this situation to benefit themselves. Haitians that have been living out of the Haiti for a very long time I think are better able to help with the distribution of all this aid that is coming into Haiti. We can communicate with both sides and make sure the help gets to everyone and not just a chosed few. CNN you are to be commended for all of your reporting. I know that alot of Haitian Americans are interested in going to Haiti to Help out our people-but we don't know how to go about it. Can you help with this. Please post informaton on this. Thank you


Richard de Lagarde   January 17th, 2010 8:28 pm ET

I just heard a story on CNN (7:00pm -01/17/2010) about a 20 year old survivor of the Haiti debacle. He has 2 broken legs, has been given first aid at a medical facility but is seriously infected and the doctors say that he will die within 12 hours if he does not recieve proper medical care, which they are not equipped to give.

We have an aircraft carrier 5 miles of shore with the best hospital and 50 doctors and 20 helicopters which is almost empty. They could save this man's life. How is it that we cannot get him evacuated to the carrier? It is inexcusable that after 5 days we can't seem to coordinate and this facility is going unusued while people are dying. Please do something so that this facility can be used as intended.


Lille   January 17th, 2010 10:10 pm ET

Are you kidding me? after several days in Haiti they still can't deliver supplies. No there is no excuse Anderson and Sanjay, please keep doing what your are doing, THANK YOU!!.
Mr Gen. Russel you have to wait for the reporters to complaint about "fears of lack of security" to offer a solution!! How many troops were sent there? and they are afraid of the starving, hurt, unarmed civilians??
I am not military expert, but can send some of your troops and drop them comando style to secure the area, then you bring in the supplies and distribute them. Geez, how many times have you done that in an armed conflict? it is not rocket science.
The trucks, the ambulances, the reporters can make to the Hospital, but you can not sent in some of the troops to protect the Doctors that abandoned their post so they do not have to leave again. I guess all that "all you can be" scenes of service men jumping out of helicopters and planes are science fiction propaganda.

To the rest of the relief Organizations: Where are the medical suplies, where are all the cots and hundreds of tents, the inflatable hospitals? again, if the ambulace can make it to the hospital, I do not see why all that stuff has not reached Dr. Gupta yet. There is not reason for the people camping on the streets to be without a proper tent. That should have been there 2 days ago.

I want to donate, but your actions are really making me wonder. Get the job DONE.


Carrol   January 17th, 2010 10:30 pm ET

If this report is true it needs to be reported, please. Haiti needs all the help they can get.

Caricom blocked from landing in Haiti

BY RICKEY SINGH Observer Caribbean correspondent

Sunday, January 17, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - The Caribbean Community's emergency aid mission to Haiti, comprising heads of government and leading technical officials, failed to secure permission Friday to land at that devastated country's airport, now under the control of the USA.

Consequently, the Caricom "assessment mission" that was to determine priority humanitarian needs resulting from the mind-boggling earthquake disaster last Tuesday had to travel back from Jamaica to their respective home destinations.

On Friday afternoon, the US State Department confirmed signing two Memoranda of Understanding with the Government of Haiti that made "official that the United States is in charge of all inbound and outbound flights and aid offloading".

Further, according to the agreements signed, US medical personnel "now have the authority to operate on Haitian citizens and otherwise render medical assistance without having to wait for licences from Haiti's Government".

Prior to the US taking control of Haiti's airport, a batch of some 30 Cuban doctors had left Havana, following the earthquake, to join more than 300 of their colleagues who have been working there for more than a year.

Last evening, the frustration suffered by the Caricom mission to get landing permission was expected to be raised in a scheduled meeting at Jamaica's Norman Manley International Airport between Jamaica's Prime Minister Bruce Golding and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Golding, who was making arrangements for the meeting with Clinton, following her visit earlier in the day to witness the devastation of the capital Port-au-Prince, said he could not comment on details to be discussed.

He, however, told this correspondent: "I appreciate the chaos and confusion at Haiti's airport, where there is just one operational runway. But Haiti is a member of Caricom and we simply have to be facilitated and the truth is there is hardly a functioning government in Haiti."

Asked whether the difficulties encountered by the Caricom mission may be related to reports that US authorities were not anxious to facilitate landing of aircraft from Cuba and Venezuela, Prime Minister Golding said he could "only hope that there is no truth to such immature thinking in the face of the horrific scale of Haiti's tragedy".

Golding, who has lead portfolio responsibility among Caricom leaders for external economic relations, got a first-hand assessment of the damage when he flew to Haiti on Thursday.

A contingent of some 150 members of the Jamaica Defence Force has since established a camp with medical facilities in the vicinity of Haiti's airport.

Ahead of last evening's scheduled meeting with Clinton, Prime Minister Golding had discussed on Friday in Kingston some of the problems to be overcome at a meeting with the prime ministers of Barbados and Dominica and the Community's secretary general Edwin Carrington.

Carrington explained that proper use of the Norman Manley Airport would be consistent with a decision last week for Jamaica to serve as the Sub-regional Operational Focal Point for responses to the Haitian humanitarian crisis.


marie   January 17th, 2010 10:36 pm ET

Hollywood for Haiti- can't some of the people who need medical care get to the Israeli mobile hospital?


Milsaint Valcin   January 17th, 2010 10:44 pm ET

I am devastating and angry to see the images of what happened to my lovely people and the country i love dearly. However, i am somehow relief
when i saw how Americans and other people from every corner of the world come to help rescue my Haitians brothers and sisters. May God in his love always bless The United States of America for their good hearts and their willingness to help other nations in the time of need. May God bless this broken Nation and that they will rise up and become stronger.

P/S. Please pray for the Haitians ..........


Beverly T   January 17th, 2010 10:48 pm ET

can someone explain to me why medical doctors from the US that arrived in the Dominican Replublic, that were invited and requested by the Minister of Health of Haiti, are not being sent to help in Haiti? My brother-n-law, a board certified DO left in a hurry with other doctors and supplies on Thursday and has been on the island since at least Friday morning and they are not being allowed to travel to help. They are all well qualified medical doctors, many with triage and emergency skills, and some supplies, but they not being sent to the areas where they can help. All I keep seeing on CNN and other news outlets is that help is not arriving fast enough. They are THERE and have been several days. WHAT is the problem??!!!


EDY BIG   January 17th, 2010 10:51 pm ET

I just want to take this painful moment to thank all of the CNN crews members, especially Larry King, Anderson Copper, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta for doing an excellent job covering the entire news on Haiti. I know Ican't speak for all Haitians, but there one thing I certainly know we want to be heard "Please, please Larry send this message out for all of us: For those organizations, private companies doing the fundraising for Haiti, "Please DO NOT let the money get in the hands of the Haitian goverment, even if its a dime, please Larry King. Thank you. God Bless you all".


Paul   January 17th, 2010 11:44 pm ET

build that time machine


Steve Diamant   January 17th, 2010 11:52 pm ET

News journalists refuse to remind listeners that Venezuela sent a medical aid team to Haiti on the 13th, the day after the earthwuake. And Cuba had doctors there already with more arriving. Remember the U.S. refused Cuba's medical team help after Katrina in New Orleans.

Remember Bush and Clinton opposed the Liberation Theology that Pres. Aristide wanted as he was trying to improve the life of those in poverty in Haiti. He was a popularly elected president (over 90%). Clinton told Aristide he would only have US support if he went along with intrnational corporate goals keeping Haiti as a slave sweatshop for Sears, Walmart, J.C. Penney and Disney. Then Bush put the CIA in the Domican Republic to do what his father did in Nicaragua. And finally Bush had the US marines depost Aristide to South Aftica. These are disgusting individuals. Now they have been selected to raise money for Haiti. But no one will tell the story of the reason for the US to keep Haiti impoverished to benefit the US economy.


Monique   January 17th, 2010 11:58 pm ET

Disney world should offer the newly adopted kids a week-end in Disney world.All of these kids have never experienced such an awesome time .


ravi   January 18th, 2010 12:52 am ET

all reporters should have a first aid and rescue certification. they are the first ones on the scene it seems and if they can save even one life, that makes a big difference. they should also carry a first aid & rescue kit; medical supplies and like a jaws of life or small hydraulic jack..they carry all that camera equipment, whats one more piece of luggage if it saves at least one life...just my thoughts..


Jerry A. Scudero   January 18th, 2010 1:12 am ET

As we sit and watch the devistation in Haiti you can't help but feel what those people are going through. I understand that Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. I understand that the American People have always been there for everyone else, I also understand how poor we are getting and if we are not careful with our dollars which we have not been careful in the past couple of decades we will end up like Haiti. We the United States of America should still go back to Iraq and demand they pay back the US for the price of freedom. They are basking in oil wealth when we owe more money that might ever able to be paid back in our lifetime. The people from Haiti have no way of paying any money's back and if you sit back and figure out how much more worse this is going to get before it gets better it's scary. I anticipate they have not seen even the start of how bad it's going to get. We might have seen just a glimpse of it yesterday. When you get people starving they will not stop at anything, if they are going to die it will be with a fight. I think we really need to get out of Afganistan, Iraq, and most other places that we are in and take care of our people here in the US, close the borders and get our house in order, or we are going to end up like the people in Haiti. There are a lot of desperate people in the United States and we cannot be everything to everybody. I think we hold that upon ourselves and President Obama needs to think about his own house You cannot spend more then you make it just doesn't work. Eventually something has to give and you are dealing with our country. If you want everyone to have health insurance then they need to work. I pay taxes every year and this year I bought more then armor for our troops, I just sent a bunch of money to Haiti and I think about all of the people in my home town that are starving and need help.
Think about all of the dollars you are sending overseas and ask yourself do we really have this money to send?

Sincerely,
Jerry A. Scudero


Gerald Jolly   January 18th, 2010 1:13 am ET

@ Linda from New York.

You need not defend yourself Linda.

The Haitian government is the most corrupt of any in the Carribean.

In the last ten years $100 million has been donated by various U.N. sponsored organizations to improve the life of Haitian people, and only 20% of that money has been accounted for.

The corruption begins with government employees down to the police department.

If one is to get anyhing done in Haiti, one must begin to identify who he.she must pay the bribes too.

A country that lives by prostitution, drug peddling, and robbery, is next to impossible to help.

Do not be sorry for what you claim, because you are 100% right.


angela   January 18th, 2010 1:27 am ET

WHat a mess over there, I dont even know what to say or think, does anyone? Its not anybodys fault, blame God please, He allowed it to happen. He can fix it too. The remanant of people in Haiti need to be civil and loving towards one another or they will drive the help away even more.


Joe   January 18th, 2010 1:27 am ET

I am told no rescue team has reached Carrefour yet. Any info?


Tapestry   January 18th, 2010 1:43 am ET

Hate to say it but it seems Canadians, Americans, and Foreign Nationals are being flown out but Haitians severely injured can't be airlifted to US hospitals or naval hospital ships right off the coast?


Joe   January 18th, 2010 2:04 am ET

Why would anyone blame God? Who has suffered more than his only son Jesus? Blame the Government of Haiti. Did you know since 2008 they have been talking about a possible earthquake in Haiti? They knew it was six miles from the surface and they didn't do a thing about it.
It is already done and blaming is not the solution. Let us all join hands.


suzanne carrick   January 18th, 2010 3:47 am ET

Hi! Larry!
What is next for the survivors!
can we move the people out of Port of Prince, create villages with tents, controled by UN and the army.
With all the money collected, built new homes.
then clean-up Port of Prince.


Kadi   January 18th, 2010 10:39 am ET

I just saw a CNN reporter in Haiti talking to Dr. Furin of Harvard. They were discussing Israel's medical unit set up with equipment, having traveled halfway around the world and, seemingly, questioning why the Israelies can do what America, so close by, can't seem to. I know the International Red Cross is bringing medical teams in from Finland and Japan. I would like to see a reporter question why the IRC couldn't pull together an American team? Why other countries from around the world getting medical teams in there faster than us? Why did our hospital ship take so long to deploy?


Deborah in Canada   January 18th, 2010 11:46 am ET

Why cant the supplies be dropped at the HOTEL to distribute there people are lining up for water from a hose so...? Why cant the airport release supplies to anyone who can take it I have heard there are TONS of supplies there just sitting? CNN is reporting where the need is so why is the aid not getting there the freaking airport is only miles away and the foreigners could get there with their luggage so why can't any and every vehicle be used to get supplies to the Haitians?!!

What scares me is that the army is waiting for a riot so they can go in guns blazing. Look what happened when people were just looking for food the media called it "looting" and the police went and shot off their guns it is not fair the food under those building will just rot if not used so let the people get it if they can. My friends' family has contacted his family in Canada but there are still others that are missing. They are all sleeping on the streets but like all Haitians have said "we are okay no problem" what how can anyone say that when they have lost everything?! But this is typical of Haitian people. THIS EFFORT IS TAKING TOO LONG.


Julia Goldberg   January 18th, 2010 12:21 pm ET

Haiti is no divine punishment, it is a test for Humanity as a whole. It is a test for every country and every human to show their ability and willingness to help their human fellow being.

Haiti is a country that has not caused wars or any kind of resentment, or hatred to any other country in the whole world. It is a country that brings compassion to every nation without the entanglement of all kinds of political ramifications.

The soul of Haitian people has volunteered to sacrifice to test Mankind and to teach a lesson to all people.

Mankind has the resource to help. Mankind has the knowledge to effectively fuel real development of this country, not as a hand-out, but to develop and train the people and create a modern state, competitive like any nation in the world. Mankind can, but will Mankind do it? Not only USA, but an International project for Humanity.

If we want Paradise on Earth, how are we going to have it when some countries are open to natural disasters and live in danger and suffering. It is not that we do not have on the Planet the solutions that could have prevented this to happen, or to re-build and make sure it never will happen, it is that Mankind does not care to do this. We feel compassionate emotion for awhile, we help a little, but nothing much changes.

This is no divine punishment. This is the test. Is Humanity going to pass this test?

The Haitian people have sacrificed so we all learn, but are we seeing it? What they are teaching us, is that poverty and lack of appropriate technologies and materials, in constructions, in medicine, in all economic areas leave one so open to devastation. The answer is to become strong and wise, and make use of science and technology to prevent human life loss and prevent these disasters.

We can build differently, we can train professionals and develop the infrastructure and economy, so that the country is well equipped to face these situations without being damaged.

Haiti is a case of a natural disaster for which Humanity has answers, but withholds it. Yes, Haiti is suffering, and in this time and age, everybody is watching. They show how poverty and lack of technology endanger us, they are important elements for survival and protection from natural elements.

People from many other nationalities have died in Haiti now, because this is the test not for Haiti, but for Humanity. Paradise on Earth is a safe Earth first. You can go there and you know you can travel and return safely home.

We want Paradise on Earth but we are not doing our part.

There are so other many parts of the world that needs to develop and improve. We have economic crisis, and yet, there can be such an economic growth, if these regions would start growing.

Haiti is chosen for being small, and being in no complicated international and political position. If we cannot respond to this correctly, how can we help with other issues that are more controversial?

Helping Haiti is helping the Planet, and the beginning for a new Era on Earth, where developed nations assisted less developed countries to improve in the fastest and most efficient way. Everybody will win as the world economy will improve and life on Earth will become safer and better for everyone.

It needs not be a hand-out. Countries can ask for assistance and receive know how and expertise and technological need they to develop, but it is their effort. However the world will assist, and not make it harder for them. And once they are better than can contribute back, and return all they have received easily.

It is not charity, it is an international cooperation for developing and improving life on Earth. It is not doing for them, it is empowering countries so they become strong and can stand on their feet and have a better country and a better life. This is the gift and the test for Mankind in these desperate times.

The soul of Jewish people sacrificed to teach Humanity he atrocity of genocide and holocaust, of killing people just because of their religion and ethnicity, children, women, elderly in horrifying ways. The terrorists are teaching us the lesson of hatred and how destructive and harmful it is, of religious fanaticism, just as any form of fanaticism. Haiti is coming to unite the world in compassion and building of a better world.
The world need to assist Haitians fuel their development, not do it for them, there are just as capable as anyone in the developed nations, they only need the know-how and expertise and material conditions to create a nation just as successful. We need to assist them to accomplish this. In turn their will make life on the planet better and fuel global economic growth.

Humans need to learn to cooperate and work together, all of us. Haitians need to take their destiny in their own hands and change it. The world needs to assist and help them with resources and expertise so it can happen. No hand-outs, no power games, just human cooperation to overcome unwanted situations that cannot be part of our dream of a Paradise on Earth.


Julia Goldberg   January 18th, 2010 12:23 pm ET

Haiti is no divine punishment, it is a test for Humanity as a whole. It is a test for every country and every human to show their ability and willingness to help their human fellow being.


Julia Goldberg   January 18th, 2010 12:30 pm ET

Haiti is no divine punishment, it is a test for Humanity as a whole. It is a test for every country and every human to show their ability and willingness to help their human fellow being.

Haiti is a country that has not caused wars or any kind of resentment, or hatred to any other country in the whole world. It is a country that brings compassion to every nation without the entanglement of all kinds of political ramifications.

The soul of Haitian people has volunteered to sacrifice to test Mankind and to teach a lesson to all people.

Mankind has the resources to help. Mankind has the knowledge to effectively fuel real development of this country, not as a hand-out, but to develop and train the people and create a modern state, competitive like any nation in the world. Mankind can, but will Mankind do it? Not only USA, but an International project for Humanity.

If we want Paradise on Earth, how are we going to have it when some countries are open to natural disasters and live in danger and suffering. It is not that we do not have on the Planet the solutions that could have prevented this to happen, or to re-build and make sure it never will happen, it is that Mankind does not care to do this. We feel compassionate emotion for awhile, we help a little, but nothing much changes.

This is no divine punishment. This is the test. Is Humanity going to pass this test?

The Haitian people have sacrificed so we all learn, but are we seeing it? What they are teaching us, is that poverty and lack of appropriate technologies and materials, in constructions, in medicine, in all economic areas leave one so open to devastation. The answer is to become strong and wise, and make use of science and technology to prevent human life loss and prevent these disasters.

We can build differently, we can train professionals and develop the infrastructure and economy, so that the country is well equipped to face these situations without being damaged.

Haiti is a case of a natural disaster for which Humanity has answers, but withholds it. Yes, Haiti is suffering, and in this time and age, everybody is watching. They show how poverty and lack of technology endanger us, they are important elements for survival and protection from natural elements.

People from many other nationalities have died in Haiti now, because this is the test not for Haiti, but for Humanity. Paradise on Earth is a safe Earth first. You can go there and you know you can travel and return safely home.

We want Paradise on Earth but we are not doing our part.

There are so many other parts of the world that needs to develop and improve. We have economic crisis, and yet, there can be such an economic growth, if these regions would start growing.

Haiti is chosen for being small, and being in no complicated international and political position. If we cannot respond to this correctly, how can we help with other issues that are more controversial?

Helping Haiti is helping the Planet, and the beginning for a new Era on Earth, where developed nations assist the less developed countries to improve in the fastest and most efficient way. Everybody will win as the world economy will improve and life on Earth will become safer and better for everyone.

It needs not be a hand-out. Countries can ask for assistance and receive know how and expertise and technological need they to develop, but it is their effort. However the world will assist, and not make it harder for them. And once they are better then can contribute back, and return all they have received easily.

It is not charity, it is an international cooperation for developing and improving life on Earth. It is not doing for them, it is empowering countries so they become strong and can stand on their feet and have a better country and a better life. This is the gift and the test for Mankind in these desperate times.

The soul of Jewish people sacrificed to teach Humanity the atrocity of genocide and holocaust, of killing people just because of their religion and ethnicity, children, women, elderly in horrifying ways. The terrorists are teaching us the lesson of hatred and how destructive and harmful it is, of religious fanaticism, just as any form of fanaticism. Haiti is coming to unite the world in compassion and building of a better world.
The world needs to assist Haitians fuel their development, not do it for them, they are just as capable as anyone in the developed nations, they only need the know-how and expertise and material conditions to create a nation just as successful. We need to assist them to accomplish this. In turn their will make life on the planet better and fuel global economic growth.

Humans need to learn to cooperate and work together, all of us. Haitians need to take their destiny in their own hands and change it. The world needs to assist and help them with resources and expertise so it can happen. No hand-outs, no power games, just human cooperation to overcome unwanted situations that cannot be part of our dream of a Paradise on Earth.


Assed Daoud   January 18th, 2010 12:38 pm ET

Haitians have endured so much even prior its independence. We are a resiliant people now and have been for quit sometime. I am so sorry for the lost of lives and i am grieving with most people at this time. However, there are many other questions which must be address. I am not a Politician but a simple citizen. I was fortunate to come to the U.S at a very young age, seeking better opportunity and see what the outside world had to offer. By the grace of God, i was able to get an education and help others. I always wanted to go back to assist in the development of Haiti but due to political unrests, i was not able to. Perhaps now may be a new beginning for Haiti and the people. There are prominant Haitians around the world whom may contribute to its developoment. As we now know that Past and Present goverment in Haiti have done absolutely NOTHING to provide a better life for haitians. Most government officials only care about themselves and have No vision for Haiti's future and development despite AID from the world. It is heart breaking to see many people suffer on a day to day basis as if they have become immune to this way of life. This has to STOP and will CHANGE. I always believe that Haiti will overcome those challenges and now may be the TIME. I want to Thank all nations for their support for Haiti and a special Thanks to Anderson Cooper, CNN, and many other news organizations. God bless all people.
Thank you.


Cocovelvet   January 18th, 2010 12:39 pm ET

i just can't believe what has happened to Haiti and even more what continues happening there since the recent earthquack. The increased insecurities prompted by the large number of bandits roaming the streets and terrorising the survivors there is just more than pathetic.

International help is being sort and flown into Haiti to help the Haitian people, and instead of the own Haitians showing appreciation and understanding by making the work of those rescues easier or possible, they tend to make it more difficult.... could those gangsters out there in the streets be abruptly stopped ??!!! Not an easy task ofcourse......... just yesterday it was reported about 600 high security prisoners managed to escape in the whole mist of the quack disaster and they are by now mainly the ones driving the streets into absolute chaos with their brutality and theft.


Julia Goldberg   January 18th, 2010 12:55 pm ET

All Haitians living abroad should be offered the chance to work on international projects to re-rebuild Haiti. A ny Haitians, over-seas or within the country should be actively involved, as this is your country and for your country. The world has compassion with you, but you are the ones directly involved. This is your work. That is a fair and just way to do this and having better chance to dea with corruption in a wise manner. Only the people of the land will be able to do it correctly, and they need to understand and want it for themselves.


Garry Lorcy   January 18th, 2010 1:11 pm ET

Reflexion
The emotions among the Haitian people make it very difficult for the government or non profit organizations to take decisions about the necessary actions that will be best for the country devastated by the earth quake on Tuesday 12, 2010. Since the earth quake hit Haiti they still found some people alive under the debris. As a human being, a survivor from the earth quake the way they proceed to the distribution of the food does not make feel good after watching an helicopter drooped food on the ground for hungry people. As the situation is getting complicated and worst, everything is getting expensive rich people are getting advantage of the situation, they just do not care. Right now, a gallon of gasoline is more than $10 after the earth quake. If the situation does not become any better for the upcoming months, probably they are going to see the other side of an hungry poor people devastated by the earth quake. From the bottom of my heart, all my sympathy to the American family that lost their love one in Haiti, also to the Haitian people who live in USA. I believe Haiti still get a chance to be better place, a better country than before. All my prayers to Haitian people, and those on the ground that try to help Haiti to recover from the earth quake.
Garry Lorcy


Kadi   January 18th, 2010 1:56 pm ET

I saw a CNN reporter interviewing Dr Furin from Harvard. They were discussing the Israelie surgical med unit set up there having come from halfway across the world. I would like to know if America has a surgical med unit set up on the ground, and when, where?. I know the International Red Cross sent med units in from Finland and Japan. Why didn't they call upon the American Red Cross-or does the ARC not have a med team?


Dodie   January 18th, 2010 3:59 pm ET

I know this is off topic; however, I am very concerned about this issue.

It appears that there is the possibility Massachusetts may be moving towards a red state! Republican, Scott Brown, who has vowed to stop the Democratic health care bill in its tracks, seems to be gathering a lot of support due to American’s fear of increased taxes, immigration and national security.

This is a very sad day for our country when the people are choosing not to provide affordable health care for the American people motivated by fear! We continue to support trillions of our tax-dollars in wars at a continued drain on our resources and economy; however, we are not willing to take care of our own? This is just one more turn of the screw in our coffin!


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   January 18th, 2010 6:33 pm ET

No.........You can't go blaming God really. I don't know where the saying came from......whether it is biblical......."THAT GOD WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS".

There is another........."REAP WHAT YOU SOW".

Yes.......In Biblical History........it has been written........that Jehovah did bring down disasters and plagues..........upon unrepentant nations.

But who are we to pass judgement I suppose.


Glenn Richard Thomas   January 18th, 2010 8:42 pm ET

CNN has to be so very proud to have Dr. Sanjay Gupta as part of your team. He is a true hero. His actions in Haiti is an inspiration and shows us real integrity. He defines humanitarianism! I am so moved by Dr. Sanjay Gupta!!!!!!!!


Dennis   January 18th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

I brought a family of 5 to Washington State during the Kosovo War of 1998, through the help of the U.S. State Dept. I am in a position to house a family of 4 and to see them through any paper work with variuos agencies they will encounter. My wife and I work in the media. We are blessed to live on 30 acres on a Lake in Washington State..... a very rural setting..... This is a first come first serve offer as we can only care for one family of 4 or less. I am sending emals to other agencies. I understand logistics on this, but I can get the family from Florida to Spokane, Washington if you can get them to the U.S.

Tell Anderson Cooper, he'll know how to get this done.
my wife and I and the local community are ready to help a family


Julia Goldberg   January 18th, 2010 11:37 pm ET

Dennis from Washington,
Are you willing to help in a massive effort to help Haiti? We need people with media experience. Once again email c6life@att.net and I will send details.


Melissa Perry   January 18th, 2010 11:39 pm ET

Whatever happened to the air force? Why aren't food packs being parachute dropped to those hard to get regions like they did in Italy in WWII? Why aren't the doctors and medical teams being parachuted in? PARACHUTES FOLKS!!! Where are the frigging parachutes!!!???


Gillian   January 19th, 2010 3:49 am ET

Everyone is now talking about the delay in relief efforts. Why did the relief agencies not drop supplies by plane, helicopter, etc.

All this red UN and etc. tape while people are literally starving and dying before a world audience.

Perhaps the 130 member Bidetberg Group is controlling aid to Haiti and as a result who lives and dies; just like it dictates world finances.

Shame!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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