In Haiti, the highest-ranking U.S. general on the ground, Lt. Gen. Ken Keen, described the destruction as being of "epic proportions." Bill Clinton, U.N. Special Envoy for Haiti, arrived in the capital to help with the relief effort, as local authorities struggled to maintain control. Worldfocus speaks with Dominic MacSorley, who in Port-au-Prince with Concern Worldwide.
This week, our Friday roundtable focuses on Haiti. We look not just at the present struggle but also at the future of the beleaguered country that has experienced so much hardship for so long. Daljit Dhaliwal discusses the events in Haiti with Nicholas Kristof, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist at the New York Times and Garrick Utley, president of the Levin Institute.
Aid to Haiti is coming in -- plenty of it -- but damage to roads is severely affecting the distribution. For more on the aid effort in Haiti, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Jordan Ryan, the director of crisis prevention and recovery at the U.N. Development Program.
Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner writes how international donor nations, particularly the U.S., need to contribute much more resources to the Haiti aid effort. Eisner writes how the situation will devolve into utter catastrophe if we don't immediately send a huge number of troops to improve the security situation and ensure that food, water and medical supplies are distributed.
The images from Haiti are difficult to watch, but especially so far Haitians living abroad who are left to wonder about the fate of relatives and friends back home. And, some of the injured are making their way across Hispaniola to the Dominican Republic. Al Jazeera English's Rob Reynolds and Sebastian Walker report from Haiti.
One-third of Haiti's population may be in need of help. Port-au-Prince's airport is the hub for humanitarian aid arriving from overseas -- supplies as well as rescue teams. Worldfocus spoke with Laura Blank, who just arrived to work with relief group World Vision. Watch our audio slideshow with Laura's observations about the situation and photos from around the capital.
Victims of Haiti's earthquake spent their second day coping with the destruction. Hundreds of thousands of people have neither water, sanitation nor electricity. The Red Cross in Haiti estimates that as many as 50,000 people died in the quake, but Haitian officials say the number could be twice as high. Avi Lewis and Sebastian Walker of Al Jazeera English report.
International donor nations are rallying around the aid effort to Haiti, and President Obama announced today that this is a "moment that cries out for U.S. leadership." An estimated 50,000 are feared dead in the aftermath of a 7.0-magnitude quake Tuesday evening. The U.S. has promised to send $100 million in aid. For more, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Michael Kocher.
Tuesday's 7.0-magnitude earthquake will exacerbate conditions for residents of Haiti, where around 80 percent of 9 million people live below the poverty line. Buildings in Port-au-Prince have suffered extensive damage, while water and electricity are near collapse. See footage of the collapsed U.N. headquarters, and watch Al Jazeera English analysis of the quake.
There's an ambitious $500 million invested in homes for tens of thousands of Palestinians, 6 miles north of Ramallah -- in the West Bank's first planned Palestinian city: Rawabi. Project managers still need approval from Israel for access roads, but they went ahead anyway with the groundbreaking earlier this month. Felice Friedson of The Media Line reports.