Recent News from Haiti

  • 02/18/2010: 8 of the 10 American missionaries detained in Haiti after attempting to leave the country with children they claimed to be orphans have been released. The children in fact were not orphans- their parents had been told the children were being taken to the Dominican Republic, Washington Post.
  • 01/27/2010: 2 weeks after the earthquake that leveled most of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, survivors are struggling to find food and water, Al Jazeera.
  • 01/23/2010: Haiti has called off the search for survivors from last week’s earthquake and will now focus solely on providing services to those who survived, BBC News. Haiti says more than 110,000 are now confirmed dead, CNN. A discussion of the role of journalists in natural disasters- do journalists help or hurt?, NPR.
  • 01/19/2010: French President Nicolas Sarkozy responded to complaints by some French officials of the U.S. military’s de facto control of the Port-au-Prince airport by praising U.S. efforts in Haiti, BBC News.  Looting has become a growing concern in Haiti. CNN reporter Anderson Cooper says some are breaking into stores to steal food that they plan on selling later, CNN. Refugees are leaving Port-au-Prince for the countryside, New York Times. The story of a woman rescued on day 6, PBS Newshour.
  • 01/14/2010: Victims of Tuesday’s earthquake in Haiti slept outdoors for a second night. Relief teams have arrived on the island. The airport at Port-au-Prince is back in working condition and planes are able to takeoff and land. The U.S. has sent military units to aid with the relief efforts as well as a search and rescue team from Fairfax, Virginia, Wall Street Journal. More on the logistical hurdles facing relief workers, Los Angeles Times. Aftermath of the earthquake in pictures, BBC News.  More background on the tragic history in Haiti, BBC News.
  • CNN has a good live blog for short updates, CNN. “12:18 p.m. Haiti prime minister tells CNN he believes well over 100,000 have died in earthquake.” This is by far the largest figure cited yet.
  • Slide show of photos of the destruction, including before and after photos of the National Palace which collapsed in the earthquake, Yahoo News. [warning: graphic images]
  • Interviews of a US Geological Survey worker and an aid worker who felt the quake, PBS Newshour. [short ad before video]
  • The New York Times news blog features updates on Haiti, The Lede.
  • Main CBS News page on the disaster, CBS News.
  • Report on how news of the disaster, and of the relief effort, is being spread across social networks, ABC.
  • Reports from survivors of the earthquake, CNN.
  • Follow CDB’s Twitter list @thedailybrief/haitinews for the latest info from Haiti
  • 01/13/2010: A 7.0  magnitude earthquake shook Haiti yesterday afternoon, just after 5 pm local time. The epicenter of the quake was just 15 kilometers southwest of the capital of Port-au-Prince. Many buildings collapsed and basic services including power and water were knocked out. Thousands are feared injured or dead. International aid organizations have sprung into action, BBC News.
  • 01/13/2010: Many buildings in Port-au-Prince were damaged or leveled, including the Presidential palace and the United Nations headquarters. Unconfirmed reports say as many as 200 people may have died in the UN building collapse and that no one who was in the building at the time of the collapse survived.  UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon gave a statement this morning, praising the immediate assistance provided by the international community. Ban confirmed that the head of the UN mission in Haiti is missing. Ban announced that $10 million from the Central Emergency Relief Fund has been immediately released to aid in the relief effort.
  • 01/13/2010: Haiti is one of the poorest nations in the Western Hemisphere.  Facts about Haiti, CNN. Haiti Factbox, Reuters.
  • 01/13/2010: More than 40 aftershocks, including some above magnitude 5, have followed the initial quake, Times Online.
  • 01/13/2010: Moving entries from the blog of Port-au-Prince resident Troy Livesay, The Livesay Weblog.
  • 01/13/2010: “In a blog post on the U.S. State Department Web site, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills called for those hoping to help to donate $10 by texting “HAITI” to “90999.” The $10 donation will be given automatically to the Red Cross “to help with relief efforts” and will be charged directly to your cell phone bill, the Web site said.”
  • 01/13/2010: Medical facilities used by the international aid organization Doctors Without Borders were heavily damaged in the earthquake, DWB field report.
  • 01/12/2010: A 7.0-magnitude earthquake has struck 10 miles outside of Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince. A Reuters reporter on the scene has reported seeing dead bodies in the city and devastated buildings, with CNN calling the event “catastrophic.” At least two large aftershocks have been reported since the initial quake, measuring at magnitudes of 5.9 and 5.5. A third aftershock of 5.1 is now being reported. Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas and its cities suffering from serious overcrowding, MSNBC.

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