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January 15, 2010
On the ground in Haiti with a medical team

Margaret Aguirre of the International Medical Corps is on the ground in Haiti.

In this phone interview, she describes the scene there, as their team works to provide medical care in an environment of extreme hardship that includes piles of corpses 50 feet away from their command post.

Photos are from the International Medical Corps and UNPhoto on Flickr.

For more Worldfocus coverage of Haiti, visit our extended coverage page: Haiti’s Poor.

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I am an RN, live in Gatineau, Qu├ębec, Canada. I am haitienne, I speek french and creole. I need to go to Haiti to help my poeple. Thank you for everything you do for us.
Pease call me at 819-557-0605


You have my gratitude! Take care of yourselves as well. This is horribly tough work you are doing. Thank you!


i commend the nurses and dr going into this nightmare with persiverance. i am currently getting my RN degree and know that it will take years before i can be in hell with you but, i feel in my heart this is my calling from God. i know it takes a special person and i pray you all will remain safe in Gods hands. bless you all.


Wow, Secretary, what a useless response. Thanks for that. Feel better?


What is the old saying “that to many cooks spoil the meal”. In this case having people who are not connected to any group that is not there now could/would/ will be dangerous. It is not “Here I is”, but “How can I get in the way!” You will be just another Bozo getting off the plane, and they will ask, who are you, why are you here? It is not the USA militaries job to protect you, feed you, house you, or even allow you into the country.
They could put you to work getting IDs of the blotted bodies. Bodies that have laid in the sun for a few days. The city used to smell now it really smells. Most of the people in that city have not gotten to the stage of becomeing a mob, but they will. Years of living in an welfare state will do that to you.
Locals are being paid $100 a day to remove the bodies to a mass grave. They will take a picture of the dead and likly burn them. At 100,000 dead bodies you burn them.
Rev. Jesse Jackson of Chicago wants to get into Haiti, since he is not trained in anything, but to stand in front of a TV camera and ask for help to feed the needy. Feed his bank account.


Are more Nurses needed? My wife has alot of emergency training and is a RN Are they needed to help?

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