Worldfocus associate producer Mohammad Al-Kassim spent five days in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince one month after the devastating earthquake there. He met a Canadian volunteer who has fallen in love with a young boy in her care.
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Worldfocus editorial consultant Peter Eisner writes how survivors of the Haitian earthquake need quick solutions that may not come in time for the punishing rainy season that starts in May. Eisner says that Haitians now face the looming threat of disease, misery in makeshift tent camps and a lack of adequate food and water.
Peter Eisner blogs about conditions in Haiti one month after the Haiti earthquake. The international television units are mostly gone, a smattering of foreign reporters are still in Port-au-Prince, and what's the situation on the ground? Hopelessness and helplessness, according to Eisner.
Ushahidi, which is Swahili for “testimony,” is an innovative computer platform that crowd-sources crisis information. Worldfocus spoke with Ushahidi about their efforts in Haiti to map out reports from the ground and help disaster relief organizations to provide aid to those in need.
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.
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.
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.