January 17, 2010

Posted: 04:59 PM ET


The students of the High School for Recording Arts were moved by the tragedy in Haiti and wanted to help. They decided to apply their skills to raise awareness and to show their support for the people of Haiti.

The High School for Recording Arts (HSRA), aka Hip Hop High, is an alternative high school in St. Paul, MN. HSRA provides youth the opportunity to achieve a high school diploma through the exploration and operation of the music business and other creative endeavors.

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Louis Mansur   January 17th, 2010 7:10 pm ET

I am so very proud if the United States, both government and people, for all the donations to Haiti. I am surprised that I do not hear about how much did the Oil Companies contributed for this poor country. Did I miss something? Actually, I never heard of what they donate to any of the incidents, such as Catrina...Can anyone let me know? After all the billions they make each quarter, you would think they would support a major share of the effort to help Haiti.

JE   January 17th, 2010 7:16 pm ET

The American people should tune into what the Hiatian people are saying about our presence there. They are claiming that the "Americans are trying to take over their land!" the previous defense minister has been interviewing with an English man saying that there is no need for American soldiers to be in Haiti before supplies arrive. they were also saying that we are not listening or doing what the Haitian people want. the were upset that a marine helocopter kicked supplies off of the back of a helocopter BUT failed to mention that it was because they were being fired upon by the people below who wanted to take the supplies. Our soldiers are putting their lives on the line and the people of Haiti don't appreciate it. I say that the American people need to STOP donnating supplies and money and see how fast they get help from other countries! I understand that the UN got out of there and they have not returned. I say that we pull out of Haiti and NOT return until they appologize for the ungreatful crewl comments made. You dont bite the hand that feeds you. If we are not wanted there, we need to get out.

A. Smith, Oregon   January 17th, 2010 7:45 pm ET

Its refreshing to see Big Boi, Snoop Diggity and his homies planning Music concerts, festivals and writing lyrics for the desperate Haitian people. Perhaps they could help contribute dump trucks and bulldozers that are going to be needed in mass to begin rebuilding much of the entire city of 2 million Haitians in Port au Prince.

Meanwhile outside all of the ganga smoke and Halliburton/KBR boardrooms, Haitians are taking much of their survival into their own desperate hands in regards to dealing with looters.

Reutgers news is reporting: Haitian Thieves being Lynched, executions and mass migrations of Haitian crowds into the rural countrysides in Haiti.

Residents in Port au Prince awoke today to find the bodies of thieves lynched by mobs or shot by men claiming to be plainclothes police. A Reuters journalist saw the smoldering charred body of a man locals said was set ablaze by angry residents who caught him stealing, and two young men lying on the ground with bullet wounds to the head and arms tied behind their backs.

"Haitians are partly taking things into their own hands. There are no jails, the criminals are running free, there are no authorities controlling this," said former Haitian teacher Eddy Toussaint who formed part of a crowd staring at the bodies.

Many Port au Prince residents streamed out of the city over the weekend fleeing on foot with suitcases on their heads or packed in cars, to find food and shelter in the countryside. There is a distinct concern some of these roving crowds will murder rural homeowners and steal their food and supplies.

Others former residents of Port au Prince fleeing the ever enlarging spread of death and decaying flesh have fled to the airport hoping to get on planes that arrived laden with emergency supplies and left packed with Haitians.

Dozens of nations have sent planes with rescue teams, doctors, field hospitals, food, medicine and other supplies, but they are facing a bottleneck at the airport, where jet fuel is scarce. Some groups complained that their flights were diverted to the neighboring Dominican Republic, forcing them to carry emergency supplies into Haiti overland.

What is left of the shell-shocked and practically non-existent Haitian government has given the U.S. military control over the tiny airport to guide aid flights from around the world.

Ruth D Rejouis   January 17th, 2010 8:07 pm ET

Iam a Haitian American living in New Jersey. I am, just like all other Haitian in the Diapora, greatful to CNN and all the other media for their coverage of Haiti and the tragedy (the earthquake) that has brought them there. However, I am depply disturbed by the images and the lack of respect in some cases projected on the screen. I am a nurse and I have been to Haiti on medical mission several times. I am asked in Haiti to uphold the same code of ethic that I use in the US at all times and to treat people with dignity and respect. I am sure it is the same for journalism school. For example, If a woman is being portrayed with a broken leg, is it necessary to show her bare breast because her blouse has not been adjusted. Why not fix her blouse for her first? the media should portray more our Haitian brothers and sisters and all the work they are doing day and night as part of the releif effort in Haiti. We know they are working also. We listen to the Haitian Radio Stations such as Radio Signal FM, in Petion-Ville. We (Haitains abroad) are trying to hold on to the little bit of dignity and respect left in our reserve. We (Haitians abroad)are living a nightmare and we are deeply wounded. Please help us make it through with dignity. On behalf of Haitian anywhere on this planet. Let me say thank you and may God bless you.

PROF Dave W. Dawson   January 17th, 2010 8:26 pm ET

The Music Industry's been a major Contributor not just to raising awareness to disasters, but to raising major portions of the funding for Disaster Relief.
This High School looked at itself with all Maturity & said "We ain't helpless".
When there's no lacking Inspiration, you can only wish their Efforts WELL.
Now lets leap to NATIONAL RESPONSE to not just this disaster, but many disasters.
How dare any element of Islam knock the MANY EFFORTS OF AMERICA.
In times of disaster, America stood by the ENTIRE World.
And are the Muslims still cagey?
Right now, America has a much bigger heart than Islam.
At least Islam is learning that America knows how to bust its' Glorious balls for People in distress.
Emergency Relief isn't just LIVING CASH either.
What do America always put first?
The World is edging towards EXPERTISE in Disaster Relief.
Maximising the Survivor count is every FRIEND'S Dream when the big nightmares hit.
Then what gets stuck in the way of Disaster Relief at the Disaster scene?
Small-minded Politics & violence.
Islam will duly note, the small-mindedness was NEVER America's.
Islam will also duly note other SMART moves by America.
If the World via the U.N. advises America to remove small-minded governments through lethal force if necessary, then Islam will be FORCED to go along with the decision.
PATIENCE NEVER EVER HELPED those Victims of Earthquakes aka an Act of Our God.
Ruthless Discipline must be allowed to enter every Disaster scene in future.
Any who stand in the way of Humanitarian Efforts in future must be deemed fit for EXECUTION.
Islam, by its' own Edicts & Covenants with OUR God must agree that it is only EVIL that stands in the way of Humanitarian Efforts & Islam must fully accept that EVIL is a plaything for America to blow away.
Islam must recognise that from day to day, America STRIVES to do NOTHING WRONG.
Now can the Muslims lighten up on one of the GREATEST Nations on Mother Earth?
Professional Regards to those who said "Don't be useless".
PROF Dave W. Dawson, the King of Witnesses.

PROF Dave W. Dawson   January 17th, 2010 8:28 pm ET

The Music Industry's been a major Contributor not just to raising awareness to disasters, but to raising major portions of the funding for Disaster Relief.
This High School looked at itself with all Maturity & said "We ain't helpless".
When there's no lacking Inspiration, you can only wish their Efforts WELL.
Now lets leap to NATIONAL RESPONSE to not just this disaster, but many disasters.
How dare any element of Islam knock the MANY EFFORTS OF AMERICA.
In times of disaster, America stood by the ENTIRE World.
And are the Muslims still cagey?
Right now, America has a much bigger heart than Islam.
At least Islam is learning that America knows how to bust its' Glorious balls for People in distress.
Emergency Relief isn't just LIVING CASH either.
What do America always put first?
The World is edging towards EXPERTISE in Disaster Relief.
Maximising the Survivor count is every FRIEND'S Dream when the big nightmares hit.
Then what gets stuck in the way of Disaster Relief at the Disaster scene?
Small-minded Politics & violence.
Islam will duly note, the small-mindedness was NEVER America's.
Islam will also duly note other SMART moves by America.
If the World via the U.N. advises America to remove small-minded governments through lethal force if necessary, then Islam will be FORCED to go along with the decision.
PATIENCE NEVER EVER HELPED those Victims of Earthquakes aka an Act of Our God.
Ruthless Discipline must be allowed to enter every Disaster scene in future.
Any who stand in the way of Humanitarian Efforts in future must be deemed fit for EXECUTION.
Islam, by its' own Edicts & Covenants with OUR God must agree that it is only EVIL that stands in the way of Humanitarian Efforts & Islam must fully accept that EVIL is a plaything for America to blow away.
Islam must recognise that from day to day, America STRIVES to do NOTHING WRONG.
Now can the Muslims lighten up on one of the GREATEST Nations on Mother Earth?
Professional Regards to those who said "Don't be useless".
PROF Dave W. Dawson, the UK King of Witnesses.

Dina   January 17th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The old lady crawls in the dirt, wailing for her pills. The elderly man lies motionless as rats pick at his overflowing diaper.

There is no food, water or medicine for the 85 surviving residents of the Port-au-Prince Municipal Nursing Home, barely a mile (1 1/2 kilometers) from the airport where a massive international aid effort is taking shape.

"Help us, help us," 69-year-old Mari-Ange Levee begged Sunday, lying on the ground with a broken leg and ribs. A cluster of flies swarmed the open fracture in her skull.

One man has already died, and administrator Jean Emmanuel said more would follow soon unless water and food arrive immediately.

"I appeal to anybody to bring us anything, or others won't live until tonight," he said, motioning toward five men and women who were having trouble breathing, a sign that the end was near.

The dead man was Joseph Julien, a 70-year-old diabetic who was pulled from the partially collapsed building and passed away Thursday for lack of food.

His rotting body lies on a mattress, nearly indistinguishable from the living around him, so skinny and tired they seemed to be simply waiting for death.

With six residents killed in the quake, the institution now has 25 men and 60 women camped outside their former home. Some have a mattress in the dirt to lie on. Others don't.

Madeleine Dautriche, 75, said some of the residents had pooled their money to buy three packets of pasta, which the dozens of pensioners shared on Thursday, their last meal. Since there was no drinking water, some didn't touch the noodles because they were cooked in gutter water.

Dautriche noted that many residents wore diapers that hadn't been changed since the quake.

"The problem is, rats are coming to it," she said.

Though very little food aid had reached Haitians anywhere by Sunday, Emmanuel said the problem was made worse at the nursing home because it is located near Place de la Paix, an impoverished downtown neighborhood.

Thousands of homeless slum dwellers have pitched their makeshift tents on the nursing home's ground, in effect shielding the elderly patients from the outside world with a tense maze of angry people, themselves hungry and thirsty.

"I'm pleading for everyone to understand that there's a truce right now, the streets are free, so you can come through to help us," said Emmanuel, 27, one of the rare officials not to have fled the squalor and mayhem. He insisted that foreign aid workers wouldn't be in danger if they tried to cross through the crowd to reach the elderly group.

Violent scuffles erupted Saturday in the adjacent soccer stadium when U.S. helicopters dropped boxes of military rations and Gatorade. But none of this trickle of help had reached the nursing home residents, who said some refugees have robbed them of what little they had.

Dautriche, who was sitting on the ground because of her broken back, held out an empty blue plastic basin. "My underwear and my money were in there," she said, sobbing. "Children stole it right in front of me and I couldn't move."

The area was an eery corner of silence within the clamor of crying babies and toddlers running naked in the mud. Guarding the little space was Phileas Julien, 78, a blind man in a wheelchair who shouted at anybody approaching to turn back.

During moments of lucidity, Julien said he was better off than other pensioners because the medicine he was taking provided sustenance. A moment later, he threw his arms out to hug a passer-by he mistook for his grandson.

Also trying to guard the center was Jacqueline Thermiti, 71, who couldn't stand because of pain but who brandished her walking stick when children approached.

"Of all the wars and revolutions and hurricanes, this quake is the worst thing God has ever sent us," Thermiti said.

Initially, Thermiti and others believed their relatives would come to feed them, because many live in the slums nearby. "But I don't even know if my children are alive," she said.

Thermiti was surprisingly feisty for someone who hadn't eaten since Tuesday. She attributed that to experience with hunger during earlier hardships.

"But I was younger, and now there's no water either," she said.

She predicted that unlike other pensioners, she could still hold out for at least another day.

"Then if the foreigners don't come (with aid)," she said, "it will be up to baby Jesus."


Maria Copelli   January 17th, 2010 9:39 pm ET

@All ,these young people should be commened for this song,and the unity they show us.This school ,may be unusual ,but we can see the students here really do care,and look at their efforts ,to come together ,and get something positive ,accomplished!It is nice to see them come together,and share there song with us .It means a lot to the people of Haiti,and to us here ...Peace to us all ,Maria Copelli

Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN   January 17th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

I am still trying to find out if there were any Muslim nations that have helped Haiti in their distress. Larry could you name all the countries that had offered any help?

BRYAN   January 17th, 2010 9:45 pm ET


Gina Goodridge   January 17th, 2010 9:46 pm ET

Why aren't porta potties placed strategically in areas so that the people in Haiti can preserve what little hygiene they have left on the island?

Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   January 17th, 2010 10:03 pm ET

Hi everyone

@A. Smith Oregon. As usual great post.

Amidst tragedy therere is bound to be togetherness. There's also the ugly side of mankind.
When it comes to survival, to each his own.
I am rather angry at the way they rejected the food given by the UN.
Beggars cannot be choosers.
Come on, the UN will never give food that is past the expiry date.
It reminds me of the Sumatran earhquake victims.
The people of Malaysia sent care package including instant noodles.
They sort of lynched our rescue teams for alleged rotten food.
Like the Haitians they fail to see there's the date of manufacturing and expiry date.
If i want to live, I will just eat what is given to me, expired or fresh food..
The Sumatrans were rather ungrateful. To think that our search and rescue teams were the first to arrive – long before indonesian president visited his people.
But we are glad that the donatons from us and throughout the world has rebuilt Sumatra – which looks much better than before the tragedy.
Hope that the Haitians too will turn a new leaf. No more political turmoil.

Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   January 17th, 2010 10:06 pm ET

Dan Nelson

They do. But it is simply impossible for CNN or the media to list out the donors.
Didn't you see the Kingdom of Jordan plane unloading food on CNN?

Melissa Kelleher   January 17th, 2010 10:07 pm ET

I have been emailing for 3 days.. Paul Cadeau, our Haitien friend and pastor of 20 years has devoted his life to orphans in Haiti... as have we.... He went to the airport yesterday and was refused water and food.... there are 150 orphans.... if someone does not hear me they are going to die....!! what is wrong with you people....,.,.he is in karfu ( spelling wrong) this is real .. I have spent time in Haiti over the last 20 years... I know Haiti......

Help our children...... at least go and look for them...........

What is wrong with you ... I get no response at all.. is it ok to let 150 children die..........

Melissa Kelleher

Dodie   January 17th, 2010 10:12 pm ET

It would be nice to see the W.H.O. and the CDC actively involved working on prevention techniques; as one major problem in Haiti is the lack of infrastructure. This could make it difficult to ward off a wave of dysentery and cholera, adding to the continued Haitian suffering. It would be a shame for the WHO and CDC to wait until these issues start occurring.

I am advocating for the WHO and CDC now to be actively involved in prevention!!!

Mike Pruett   January 17th, 2010 10:14 pm ET

Why are Hatia people are dyeing stupid Deaths when the are ships there with teams of doctors are waiting to save lives. These ships could save a 1,000+ lives?

Vanessa Goodridge   January 17th, 2010 10:24 pm ET

I wrote this poem and as I watch what is happening in Haiti and how the world is responding I think it's time to share it with the world. I heard someone ask a minister what would he say if in a situation like this he was asked the question where is God? I don't think his response adequately answered the question. I say, God is in all of us. He is watching over us always even in the midst of disasters and he watches to see how we respond. Hence the statements, "I was hungry and you fed me not, I was naked and you provided me no clothing, I wasthirsty and you gave me no water to drink and I can go on. His heart hurts when he sees the ugliness of His creation when the richest of us would rather die with our riches than help those who are impoverished. I thank God that our President was so quick to respond to the needs of the Haitian people. We have a responsibility to help them rebuild their nation to a better state than what we found.

It's a new day and there's one race and we're running together
We're running for justice, freedom, love, peace, unity and families
Running for relief from ignorance, hatred, poverty and disease
There are no more "parties", just one big celebration with music
In harmony, synchronized deliberate movement surging forward
The tape is in sight and we're high fiving each other, pats on the
Backs of those who went before us and didn't make it but sent
Their spirits to the festivities that awaited us as we triumphantly
Reached our goal and it's a beautiful sight to behold, boldly we
Leaned our breasts forward and our children smiled with pride
At the accomplishments of their parents, are you in this race?
It's the only one worth winning, take my hand let's run together!

Written by
Vanessa Goodridge-Forde

ronald   January 17th, 2010 10:25 pm ET

presently on the ticket of your broadcast states as earthquake off the coast of Argentina.I think yesterday the ticker showed another in Venezuela.
What the heck is happening there?
Same fault lines between Haiti going south towards Venezuela,continuing onto Argentina.
Go ask your earth quake specialists to educate your viewers like me about this occurance.
How could aid occur if two earthquakes were to occur during the same time frame?
Why have not yourselves discussed the quake in Venezuela?
Was it not on land? Any injuries?
What happened with quake off coast of Argentina?

John   January 17th, 2010 10:35 pm ET

Please spare us the usual parade of celebrities, rock stars, wannabes following the advice of their PR staff. Stick to what's important, not the publicity-seekers.

Meta Maxwell   January 17th, 2010 10:37 pm ET

Larry, I was in Haiti working with Haitian doctors from the US doing charitable work there. Why hasn't a call gone out to Haitian MDs in the US to go to Haiti, and why hasn't transport been arranged for them? They speak Creole, understand the customs/culture including the role of voodoo in medicine, and are used to working in Haiti with very limited resources. If the military would provide transport into the country, and via helicopter to the different areas needing help, I'd be happy to assist by rallying Haitian doctors here through organizations they maintain...

Dodie   January 17th, 2010 10:38 pm ET

@ ronald

Thank you for the above information. Yes, it seems that Argentina was hit by 6.3 magnitude earthquake after Haiti and Venezuela. Haiti and Venezuela would be under the Carribean Plate tectonics. It would be very unusual for Argentina, south American Plate to be caught up with the Carribean Plate. Very Interesting!

michael armstrong sr. TX.   January 17th, 2010 10:38 pm ET

How many Haitians out there would like to see Haiti become a state of the united states .

Reuven   January 17th, 2010 10:40 pm ET

URGENT – Larry
I am watching your show now and heard the call for help for the young girl with major damage to her face (father Jean Louis story)... There is a very serious hospital being operated by the Israeli Army in port-au-prince able to perform major surgeries and staffed with Israel's best. It is located at the GB GROUP – ACIERIE D'HAITI soccer field. The entrance is on the Airport Road. Hope someone will relay the message in time

A. Smith, Oregon   January 17th, 2010 10:44 pm ET

@ Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, thank you for your kind comments and your insights on the expanding relief effort for the Haitian people. And our heartfelt thanks to the Malaysian people in helping in the massive Haitian relief efforts.

It is sadly natural for some individuals to lash out at foreigners, and those around them after great losses including their homes, loved ones, family members and belongings. As @ Dina, brought up and posted, it only takes a handful of thugs to make the misery factor much higher than it normally would be. There were approximately 3,000 criminals that escaped their jails and prisons, and only 2,000 Haitian police.

Mob mentality belongs to no single culture, ethnic or nation of people, but I would state it is a coward that robs seniors in a nursing home of their money, food and supplies. Calming voices and voices of reason should fan out thru-out the devastated Port au Prince and countryside urging people to areas where temporary housing, food, water and medical supply's are at.

Heading West along the Haitian coast outside of Port au Prince indicates a near 80% total destruction of all the buildings in those neighboring cities. The Haitian people in those cities away from Port au Prince are very desperate, the quake not only shattered a large majority of buildings and homes, it also shattered the water and sewage lines leaving millions of Haitian people without fresh water.

Much of the anger and frustration appears to be coming from masses of people that do not know where to go, nor what is available for their emergency and essential needs.

michael armstrong sr. TX.   January 17th, 2010 10:48 pm ET

This Larry guy has got to get a grip on the facts time has run out for survivers.

Jean   January 17th, 2010 10:49 pm ET

Those who escaped the earthquake without a scratch or even got out alive are extremely fortunate. They should thank their lucky stars – thank God for that.
It is a mystery that some people were injured, some may have died instantly when the building caved in; others died from their injuries and yet some who were also under the rubble got out alive. The latter is amazing. Only God knows why.
My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti. Also all those who are assisting in the effort of searching for those who are still under the rubble, hopefully some are still alive – miracles do happen – in addition to those who have brought all sorts of aid to Haiti and are also helping in feeding and providing medical care for them. God be with all of them and bless them.

michael armstrong sr. TX.   January 17th, 2010 10:51 pm ET

Only God knowes on the sin thing but the Lord works are in mysterious was I think this was Gods way to bring people together .

canada   January 17th, 2010 10:57 pm ET

Car magnets like the one's that we all had for 911 and our trups. we need to keep peoples harts, and minds on whats going on in haiti. they are going to need the help years down the road. this could be a grate fundraiser for the redcross or someone like that?

michael armstrong sr. TX.   January 17th, 2010 10:57 pm ET

The president of Haiti needs to address his people our military needs to build a stage with an intercom system for civilian anouncements.

Jean   January 17th, 2010 10:58 pm ET


Voodo is not good thing to practice. It is believing in the devil and keeping the devil in their midst. God is not pleased with such actions. This could bring down the wrath of God upon those who practice such evil. Unfortunately, the good will suffer with the bad.
Our Lord Jesus Christ said: "...For He (God – Our Almighty Father) makes His sun to rise on the good and the bad and the rain to fall on the just and the unjust."
Pertaining to the practice of voodo, as the occult, I attribute the words of Our Lord Jesus Christ that, "We cannot serve two masters. We will either love one or hate the other." You know, it is like the love of money.
Note that all financial sectors, the money are, in Haiti was also damaged. Is God telling us something? Is it a message for the government of Haiti? The poor of Haiti were ignored for too long. They have been getting a raw deal from the Haitian government and for too long.
I hope when re-construction begins which I am aware will be a long time in the future and will also take years no doubt to complete, that the poor will get a better deal of education, housing and food. Governments must first take care of their people prior to taking care of themselves financially for they are already well-paid.

A. Smith, Oregon   January 17th, 2010 10:59 pm ET

@ Mike Pruett, without communication gear to relay vital information to the offshore military vessels and the limited number of rescue helicopters that are needed to airlift a critically injured earthquake victim to one of the military ship's surgical operating center, such transfers are indeed being undertaken, however they are few whereas the need is far greater.

The recent addition of a field hospital and surgical bay from Israel in a nearby Soccer field is a much more expedient option. When the USS Comfort hospital ship arrives next week, surgical teams in the field hospitals should be able to operate and stabilize the critically injured which then buys the patients enough time to transfer to the hospital ship for further medical supervision.

This coming week should see several additional field hospitals set-up and active there at Port au Prince. I believe a couple are being brought inland after flying into the Dominican Republic and have to be trucked in 200 miles before they can erect them up.

Donnalee Young   January 17th, 2010 11:00 pm ET

Mr. King, thank you for keeping us informed, but do you think it is necessary to show the graphic pictures. Do you realize how hard it is for family members to see the pictures of love ones lying in the streets like animals and they cannot get to them.

In the name of God, and the families living in the United States and elsewhere, please ask your station to spare us the pain and not show the pictures, just let us know what we need to do to help! We know it is bad, but the pictures keep coming and coming.

How would you and others like to see your families in the road dead, rotten and the only thing you can do is wait until, you are allowed to get there.

President Obama stopped the media from showing all the coffins coming from overseas, can you people please DO NOT SHOW THOSE PICTURES AGAIN! JUST KEEP US INFORMED, READ TH NEWS, DO THE INTERVIEWS, BUT PLEASE NOT THE PICTURES.

God bless the people in Haiti, allow us to open our hearts and work together in unity and bring peace to this region!

michael armstrong sr. TX.   January 17th, 2010 11:01 pm ET

Voodoo is this what wiped out Louisiana how silly .

suzi   January 17th, 2010 11:02 pm ET

The students from Lynn University are being searched for as Lynn University has hired their own contractors to sift through the rubble and debris.

The father asked for high powered equipment to get at it however, this is a painstaking procedure and if too rough, can cause even more of a collapse and flatten any air pockets. I'm sure the Hotel Montana with the dignataries and tourists and others are receiving attention. Probably a lot more than other areas.

Rev. Frank   January 17th, 2010 11:03 pm ET

i guess the 4 nuns who ran the school also were punished by God

suzi   January 17th, 2010 11:07 pm ET


There are MANY other areas that need attention as reported tonight by Anderson and the other reporter..Langeone is just one..There is also Jacmel....which by the way has an airport and port that is useable for rescue efforts for other locations besides the heavily damaged Port au Prince area. I'm hoping they don't forget other areas.

Marie   January 17th, 2010 11:08 pm ET

Why is it that CNN is constantly saying they have never seen such poverty in Haiti? There are the very poor and there are the very wealthy as well. It is as if all Haiti has to offer is orphaned children and hunger; we all know that is not true at all. Haiti as a country has struggled; due to corruption in our government mother Haiti has suffered. However why is it that there is never any news about our beautiful resorts, beaches, entertainment, and rich culture? Why is that we are always reminded that we are the poorest country in the western hemisphere but it is never said that we were one of the richest islands in history? I know we have endured a terrible disaster, but even before this terrible earthquake, Haiti was always portrayed in a negative light. Every country has its slums.There places right here in the United States and other Islands that are just as poor; I am well traveled and I've seen worse. Actress Maria Bello stated" I have traveled around the world and have never seen such dire poverty" . We in the Haitian community find that comment very offensive. Let me just remind the world, no matter how bad things are, no matter what is said, and no matter what happens we are proud, and we say that with all our might.

Alix Cassagnol   January 17th, 2010 11:10 pm ET

My wife and I started the adoption process in Haiti already it has been a year and some months and now due to the earthquake we are afraid that we may never see our daughter. I contacted my senators and govenor in regards to this matter. Time is of an esence, there is no food or water and the children are sleeping outside. I am seeking your assistance and the power of the media to expedite this bureaucratic process.

Mr. Larry King we are asking you for your support to bring our daughter home !

A. Smith, Oregon   January 17th, 2010 11:13 pm ET

@ Jean, a great many Christian Churches were also destroyed along with a large number of Christian ministers, priests and the Archbishop of Haiti. Using your logic, those organizations and religious teachings and individuals also worshiped the Christian Devil and therefore they were killed and stomped into the ground.

The Creator does not crush and destroy his children. The Creator considers all sentient beings to be his children. It is sad and evil to lay this horrific act of destruction upon the Creator who loves all equally regardless of gender, race or nationality.

If you are 'serving' Jesus Christ, you are not completely serving the Creator, you are serving a Creation which is no different than what you are accusing others of different religions of doing.

shirley somwonder   January 17th, 2010 11:13 pm ET

Larry: I admire your work for this poor people –the people of Haiti
I pray for you to have strength and health. I pray for the helpers and the workers there to endure \.
In answer to what you asked aobut why the preachers say hait is being punished–
I think he did not mean the little 3 year old–she should rest in peace–had sinned directly.
But a sin in one part of this globe does cause darkness in the planet.
The people of Haiti need to do what the people of Fiji have done–get ird of these idols and the gods of horrible ideals.
These are the sins that preacher meant.
I pray the people of Haiti will turn to a G-d of Light
and believe they have a right to live on this planet in peace and light and love. Please understand this is not to say they are bad
people. But on the contrary THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO A GREAT LIFE!

Dodie   January 17th, 2010 11:20 pm ET

I wonder if there is a ‘rim of fire’ along the Atlantic ocean like the Pacific. That might explain The Buenos Aires, Argentina Earthquake 6.3 magnitude on January 17, 2010. Very lucky for Argentina, the quake’s epicenter was on the ocean floor between South America and Antarctica, too deep and far from land to cause any damage. Also on Jan 15th Eastern Venezuela was expunged by a 5.6 magnitude earthquake. 3 earthquakes within one week is very unusual! They are not all on the same plate!

Loren   January 17th, 2010 11:33 pm ET

Larry, sorry the Dad apparently lost his daughter in Haiti. Please look up Hotel Montana and see the wonderful conditions they were staying at. He made it sound like they really gave up things (vacation) to help the poor. When my church goes on mission trips to Costa Rica we stay at the mission, sleep on church floors and the like. Again sorry he lost his daughter but true giving would have been with the people of Haiti is a much less glamarous place.

suzi   January 17th, 2010 11:38 pm ET

Gen. Honore–

1. Those ARE NOT American military people shooting the Haitians..It is their OWN Police (who finally came out of hiding) along with the UN Peacekeepers.

2. Haitian Nationals are forming their own vigilante groups to stop those who ARE stealing from their own neighbors. Two were found dead with their arms tied behind their backs..a couple were burning.
Remember, their prison is no more..and these same thugs that were in jail are probably back in the streets doing their usual crime sprees.

3. Ransacking or looting vs survival...if everyone was in Survival mode as you say these people were....can you prove they were in a grocery store, or just finding things to sell on the streets? Or just pilfering because they had nothing else to do? I'm sure that there are more constructive things that could be done other than "surviving". I'm sure if these people were killed because a building collapsed further upon would find fault with them being allowed to "survive".

Shebna Wagnac   January 17th, 2010 11:46 pm ET

I am a Haitien-American. I know that the US is helping as much as they can but there focus is on Port-au-Prince and there are other towns and city's in Haiti that got hit hard as well. I have family and friends who live in Jacmel, Tabarre and Jeremie who have not ate or drank in 4 days there is no relief coming there way, no clean water or food. Please if any one knows a way to help please contact me at 401-644-2882! My family needs help or they will die. I am typing this with tears in my eyes, please anyone if you have a way to reach these's towns let me know thank you!

Meta Maxwell   January 17th, 2010 11:54 pm ET


Unfortunately, most people will not feel the pain and be motivated to respond if you don't show them evidence of the misery. CNN is being tactful in not showing many horrific scenes, much worse than those being seen. The wonderful thing about television is that you can "be there" with sight and sound. If the sights are too much for you to bear, I gently urge you to listen to the radio instead or listen to the TV from another room, or cover it while you listen. The TV coverage showing the "truth" of the situation is motivating many to donate much needed funds and help. For me they are terrible too; often tears run down my cheeks as I watch.

My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, and others so horribly affected by the catastophe.

Dodie   January 18th, 2010 12:01 am ET

@ Shebna Wagnac

I would recommend you make phone calls to these agencies and advise them of this situation. My heart goes out to you and your family! God Bless!

To find information about friends and family in Haiti: The U.S. State Department set up a toll-free number to call for information about family members in Haiti: 1-888-407-4747


(800) 4UNICEF

Gerard Mc Ardle   January 18th, 2010 12:26 am ET

Dear Larry...You & the CNN people are doing great only criticism of you is at the start of your show tonight you said, "Scavenger's had been looting. Now if you were in their place, this minute without much food or drink 5 days...would you not be doing everything you could to survive? A general on the programme before yours, said it was their natural instinct, to do what they did. We can sent Astronaut's to the Moon & rocket's to Mars...& yet after 5 days there are thousands of people without food & aid & who are full of shock & children orphaned & a country buried. Now tell me...why is that?

I have given aid & will give more & will keep praying...but I would like to see a stage where I could say it's working on the ground. That hasn't occurred yet. I am getting angry myself for the people of Haiti, but it's out of frustration. But CNN...keep up the good work till its well & truly improved. Thank you.

Gerard Mc Ardle, Belfast & Drogheda, Ireland   January 18th, 2010 12:30 am ET

Dear Larry...You & the CNN people are doing great only criticism of you is at the start of your show tonight you said, "Scavenger's" had been looting. Now if you were in their place, this minute without much food or drink 5 days...would you not be doing everything you could to survive? A general on the programme before yours, said it was their natural instinct to do what they did. We can send Astronaut's to the Moon & rocket's to Mars...& yet after 5 days there are thousands of people without food & aid who are full of shock & children orphaned & a country buried. Now tell me...why is that?

I have given aid & will give more & will keep praying...but I would like to see a stage where I could say it's working on the ground. That hasn't occurred yet. I am getting angry myself for the people of Haiti, but it's out of frustration. But CNN...keep up the good work till it's well & truly improved. Thank you. Gerard Mc Ardle, Drogheda & Belfast, IRELAND.

Gerard Mc Ardle, Belfast & Drogheda, Ireland   January 18th, 2010 12:40 am ET

One last thing...last Thursday night/Friday morning I sent the following to Anderson Cooper's 360 Blog...& today I hear organization's calling for near the same thing...I wish they had read my piece a couple of nights ago.

Dear Anderson, CNN teams, CNN viewer's...could they not airlift all the healthy people out of that city or a great many of them to somewhere to camps in the US or another neighbouring country & treat & feed those people separately & that would leave the space for doctor's & other aid professional's to look after the really badly injured & to try to extract anyone still alive out of the collapsed building's & such like area's?

What they are doing now (& it is great work, getting the aid there) is trying to get an elephant in through the eye of a needle. To widen that eye you need to take people there out of there, that are (unfortunately, without maybe even realising it because of their predicament) hampering the rescue mission & aid getting through. There are definitely, stupid death's like that little girl (Rip) but I think if they do as I suggest, they would have a more favourable result & stop future death's happening. It needn't be stupid, it could be very intelligent. & it could save precious "Lives"!

I won't stop giving & praying...but please think of every solution & not just the getting aid there one.

Tonya   January 18th, 2010 1:03 am ET

I have donated what I can so far, and hope to donate more money as soon as possible. I would just like to say that my prayers go out to EVERYONE in Haiti, including the reporters who are there bearing witness to this horror and must be emotionally impacted severely. Would like to say about the children that if there is a way to adoprt any of these children who will need a home could you post it on your website? We have five sons already and have no problem taking in another child. If needed. You are all doing a great job.

bob   January 18th, 2010 1:48 am ET

how & when did the not haitain anationals get out of Haiti?

Patrick Philippe   January 18th, 2010 1:48 am ET

CNN has demonstrate through their extraordinary report and care toward Haiti, that there is no human barrier.You did not only report the news,you made the World feels what haitian people felt.You truly deserve "The Humanitarian award" for your outstanding love for human being.Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Best Regards
Patrick Philippe

Linda Brandsness   January 18th, 2010 2:01 am ET

why can't the planes that do land in Port au Prince unload their supplies and volunteers, re-load with refugees, and take them back to where the planes came from. Those people need to get hauled away from there to a place that is healthy for them to camp out and give us the ability to get the supplies to them. I've seen warehouses of supplies just sitting there not getting to the people who need them. Where are the helicoptors to deliver all these supplies and volunteers since the roads cannot be traveled?

Tom   January 18th, 2010 2:04 am ET


Love your show and am a regular viewer. Really following the Haiti earthquake, especially since a high school buddy is on one of the rescue teams. After watching you show this evening (1/17) i saw the guys from that team in florida you interviewed and called my buddy to see if he is still going. He said maybe or maybe not, his team from here in California along with 3 others that were waiting to go got cancelled today. With all these poeople trapped you would think they would need more help. So im wondering why these teams got cancelled? I am praying for the people of Haiti, but it seems they sure would be better off if my friend was going there to help them.

C.J.   January 18th, 2010 2:06 am ET

It seems everyone is clutching on the idea that the earthquake of Jan 14, 2010 on Haiti is due to only some voodoo curse. Would it be instead that Haiti, in the Caribbean, is placed at the coordinates for that earthquake? I recall some predictions by "Science & Vie" back in the 1970's, I believe, that Haiti like California is empty underneath (I do not recall the exact scientific term for that) -that would cause a quake and it could be a terrible one. Also could anyone recall the Geneva Convention of Ban Ki Moon regarding world meteorogolic climate change including the Caribbean? Why are people trying to bring this nation furher down than it is already by just considering some satanic curse? It may be true that God has a say so in it, but is it only that? Do you believe it will only happened in Haiti? What if there are more of those "emptiness" under other land in the Caribbean?...Will it be that the curse continues?... or is there more to it as a seismic change?

luckybee   January 18th, 2010 2:09 am ET

Return to the wil and laws of God; that he has written by him zelf, in the 10 Commandments;And the Haïtians will be saved.

luckybee   January 18th, 2010 2:10 am ET

And with the Haïtians all the others .

A. Smith, Oregon   January 18th, 2010 4:00 am ET

With Global Warming, the earth's crust expands. Earthquakes indicates those plates are moving and their vast amounts of energy's are suddenly released. As the earth's core grows warmer, it vents magma thru various volcano's around the world.

L******   January 18th, 2010 4:46 am ET

All people and especially children of Haiti, our help, prayer, pure water.

@ Maican
Please be strong.
My heart is with you every moment.
I believe in you.
I pray for you.
I wish you love. much love

From heart to heart.

L******   January 18th, 2010 4:56 am ET

@CNN LKL!!!!!! Please !!!!!! Please remove my post!!
Erratum! Another blog!! Please!

veronika07   January 18th, 2010 5:05 am ET

Wow!!That's absolutely cool!! THank you very very much!We all are together with Haiti.

Margaret Brainard   January 18th, 2010 5:08 am ET

Mr. King,

FEMA has some unused trailers that were built for the residents of New Orleans after the "Katrina" hurricane. Someone needs to contact them about getting some kind of housing to the Hatian citizens.

Martin Barthold   January 18th, 2010 5:11 am ET

I am a Haitian poet philosopher and dancer. This is my way to express my sorrows and tribulations about my country. Please let the world know what Haiti has endured for the past two hundred years. Let them know that we still have Hope. Thank you Martin Barthold

Alex de la Cruz   January 18th, 2010 5:53 am ET

I want to go to Haiti and help. Not just financially but actually help...... Any ideas ?????

Zacharie Lexima   January 18th, 2010 8:31 am ET

Hi Anderson,
My comment is I have my parents near Leogane a small town name Gressier. My parents are Jean D. and Celissena Lexima. The can be reached at the following numbers in Haiti 34861276,393422386,
38306082. They had an appointment on Thursday to go to pick up their new passports at the Haitian passport center. They could not go to the passport center to get their passports due to the earthquare. They are still having their old passports and green cards, but I want to know if there is something the US government can do in order to get these people out of Haiti. Since many of their children here in the US are US citizens, I want to know if the US government can help anyone that holds a green card can come to US as soon as possible. I am afraid for them in Haiti for many days to come. Their were collapsed and no place for them to sleep. We try if we can go through the border of Haiti, but we don't know when we get there if we can make it to Haiti. At this present moment, we don't know what to do. Please pass this comment for me, if they can start to send some of these people to the US. Thank you so much.

Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   January 18th, 2010 9:21 am ET


We didnt send relief team to haiti. We are collecting donations and kind for them..
Due to logistics, Haiti being so far away, it's not possible for us to send search and rescue team.
Sumatra and Philippines is very near us (30 minutes flight to Sumatra and 2 hrs to Manila). So we deploy our troops there during thei earthquake and typhoon tragedy.
With the massive US prescence, rest assured the Haitians are in best hands.
But the world being small, we have many Malaysians living and working there. All are accounted for andf some are on the way home.
I dont thik we have an embassy there. Not even sure there's a consulate in any caribbean islands. (got to check this out).
Our embassy in DC is co-ordinating the well-being of our people in Haiti.
P.S. Would love to hear your take on the Mass. senate race.
Hope there will be a blog on this.
I am reading NYTimes, Wapo and Chicago Trib to keep up toi speed on the matter.
Very interested In Mass because i stayed there many months years back wheb my eldest girl was studying in Amherst. Travelled to many states of New England.
And I am a big fan of the Kennedys.
Just started reading Ted's memoir True Compass which my daughter sent from Chicago for my birthday.

Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   January 18th, 2010 9:32 am ET

I agree wth you. Kinda sound patronising of the CNn to keeo on describing Haiti as an impoverished nation.
I salute you for being proud of your country.
There's a Malay proverb: It may rain hail storm in your country. It may rain go;d in other countries, But your country is better
Malaysia is often described as a tRird World country when according to UN we are not.
UN placed us a a fast-developing nation on the brink of being a developed nation..


Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   January 18th, 2010 9:36 am ET

Typo error:
First line should read keep on.
Fourth line: rain hail stones. It may rain gold.
Second last line Third World.

A. Smith, Oregon   January 18th, 2010 2:26 pm ET

@ Alex de la Cruz, if you travel to Miami, Florida there are dozens of groups of people that are conducting plane and boat trips to Haiti to help in the relief effort. Little Haiti in Miami is very active, take your passport, get your shots and best of luck!

margaret cook   January 18th, 2010 5:20 pm ET

i am looking for nafetalie louis age 16,she is living with her aunt ms.rony blanch address maria nie montagne la per,rue peral #25,pourt au-prince thank you in advance for any help you can give me ,margaret cook

Dodie   January 18th, 2010 5:40 pm ET

Today (4 hours ago) a 6.0 magnitude earthquake shakes Guatemala and El Salvador. It was 65 miles deep and affected both countries. Within one week we have had Haiti, Venezuela, Argentina and now Guatemala/El Salvador!! No details as to the earthquake’s affects on these two countries.

suzi   January 18th, 2010 6:35 pm ET


Very interesting.

I know none of the areas are on the same fault lines..but it does make one wonder what is going on down there....are they somehow related or just coincidental?

On another note, our local news in South Florida just announced that all illegal Haitians residing here (and I guess other areas) will be granted TPS (Temporary Protection Status). The requirement is that they have to have resided here as of 1/12 and have no criminal record.

In one way it's a good thing for them to finally be accounted for but it also makes one wonder as one person who has been here for 20 years was very happy ... but does that mean that they will now have two identities?? One "legal" and one "illegal"??

suzi   January 18th, 2010 6:43 pm ET

Oh, I forgot to mention that the TPS will be valid for 18 months.

Dodie   January 18th, 2010 6:43 pm ET


That is a very good question. I guess one can appreciate in finding out where your next door neighbor is from! I reside 50 miles from the Mexican border, and fully understand what you are going through!

Nurse Renee   January 18th, 2010 8:51 pm ET

Im a nurse and would like to help. Ive made a donation but would like to go to Haiti. How can I do this

Nurse Renee   January 18th, 2010 9:07 pm ET

Does anyone know how to become part of a medical team

philip scott   January 18th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

You are doing a great work Larry king and cnn keep it up this also tells
me why good health care is so imporent in are usa

amy   January 18th, 2010 9:35 pm ET

why are we concerned now!!! we should have taken care of these people a LONG TIME AGO!!

martine   January 18th, 2010 9:41 pm ET


and Pat Robertson for that matter, how do you explain that most churches and the cathedral (build in 1750) collapsed during the earthquake...One would expect that your God would be able to protect its followers during this calamity...the news are not reporting this, but lots of priests and nuns have been killed. The bishop of port au prince has been killed. I still haven't heard of thousands of voodoo priests perishing in mass....

Maybe God is trying to tell you that those church based religions (protestants and catholics, evangelicals and all) are not to be followed...this could be a striking sign as well...When the Tsunami happened was it because the people in Sumatra practiced Voodoo? When Katrina or September 11th happened was it because the people there practiced voodoo??? How do you explain the World Wars and the Holocaust? Did they all practiced voodoo???

Use your brain for once and stop throwing around silly arguments and accusations. Le ou fout sot konsa, kache nan trou...sispann ekri kaka nan internet, li pa fet pou moun sot!!!!

Ted   January 18th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

FYI Larry King. Great special and great cause – thanks, BUT get more phone lines....I've tried for over 30 minutes to get through to lines – busy.
Keep up the good work

Karen Genao   January 18th, 2010 9:53 pm ET

I love what it's happening tonight on Larry King.....I hope more and more of us keep donating...Ashley Judd you are my role model....thanks to all of you for doing this tonight and I hope all the actors and actress follow your lead.....I am praying so that every one in the USA donate...God Bless you Guys......

Elda   January 18th, 2010 10:03 pm ET

Oh, my god thank you Larry for your show and effort to raise money for Haiti. God will bless all who donate.

Steve Bonswor   January 18th, 2010 10:03 pm ET

Larry and team,

I just turned on the TV to CNN and viewed your effort to raise funds for Haiti. I went to the Red site and made a donation.

Thank you for all your efforts and reminding us to get involved.

Steve – Orange County Calif.

Amante   January 18th, 2010 10:23 pm ET

I'm deeply sorry for the lost and devastation in Haiti. I want to thank everyone for their help around the world and hope that their donation goes to help the people in need. It is nice to know that Haiti is somehow being remembered our roots and strenghts. we have been forgoten for decades!!!!!!!!

Dennis   January 18th, 2010 10:23 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 with 30 acres on a Lake in Washington State a very rural setting..... This is a first come first serve offer as we can ony 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.

my wife and I and the local community are ready to help a family
email me at

Stacey Brunson   January 18th, 2010 10:24 pm ET

My name is Stacey and I live in Biloxi Mississippi and I have a question for someone whom might be able to answer my question.

Why can’t we send the FEMA trailers to Haiti? We have 1000’s just sitting here and LA.

My heart goes out to the Haitians. It was truly hard for my family after Katrina but nowhere near what those are experiencing in Haiti. I believe these trailers would be a haven sent.



Karen Genao   January 18th, 2010 10:25 pm ET

keep trying ted It will get throw.....that means there are lots of people calling and that is a wonderful thing....

Netosh Jones, Maryland   January 18th, 2010 10:30 pm ET

I am pleased that so many generous human beings are giving from their hearts!!! I too have been to Haiti and in fact Mr. Danny Glover was entering Haiti as I was getting ready to board my plane. We camein celebration and rememberance of Haiti's fight for independence. Now, there is a new fight, one that includes every single one of us who breathes the air sent by the Creator.
Please I ask that someone check on the orphanage in LesCayes, Haiti called Pwoje Espwa. If you need more information on it please email me. They are in the southern region of Haiti and have need of assistance. Thank you all for coming to the assistance of our brothers and sisters.

SUSAN   January 18th, 2010 10:35 pm ET


mireille   January 18th, 2010 11:36 pm ET

Some sugggestions;
1- Could you ask the cruise lines (1-2) to offer their ship for the volunteers who have no place to stay can want & help.people want to come to help but they have no place to stay.
2-could you ask the hospitals in the USA, & other countries to donate their used blood pressur machines, & other simple supplies used to monitor vital signs, to the hospitals & clinics in haiti?
3- supplies are badly needed, many hospitals have surplus supplies that they throw away everyday, perhaps an organization can coordinate that effort,

mireille   January 18th, 2010 11:41 pm ET

Nures renee & others who want to help can contact Docors without Border or partners in health, It is best to go with AN ORGANIZATION.

Nurse Renee   January 19th, 2010 7:59 pm ET

thanks you. I will contact.

C.J.   January 28th, 2010 10:20 am ET

1-28-2010 08:15HRS USA CST
Dear Larry:
Some locals reported having seen the sea turned dirty cramoisie red before the quake. I have not read of any such similarity with previous earthquakes. Would it be worth checking why this could have happen before any earth separation?

Again, thank you for all the good work you & your team at CNN are doing for this devastated country.

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