Haiti is a tiny island country in the Caribbean and the poorest in the Western hemisphere where 54 percent of the population lives on less than $1 a day (U.S.) and 78 percent manages on less than $2 a day.
Worldfocus correspondent Benno Schmidt and producer Ara Ayer visited Haiti in the winter of 2009 to report on the extreme poverty, distrust of the government and the environmental effects of four tropical storms that mowed across Haiti last year. Amid the desolate coastal wastelands and decaying infrastructure all around them, they also stumbled upon raucous street celebrations and rowdy cockfighting matches.
They report on the generations of Haitians who eat mud cookies, which hold little nutritional value, to supplement their meager diets. Months after the storms have passed, some Haitians are trying to dig their homes out of 10 to 15 feet of mud. Worldfocus explores how long-gone storms continue to interfere with day-to-day life.
"Haiti's Poor" is a collection of signature videos, extended interviews, blogger perspectives, reporter observations from the field and web original videos that capture the many sides of the island.
Haiti’s government must rebuild trust to repair nation
Haitian Prime Minister Michèle Pierre-Louis took office in September, succeeding a former prime minister who was ousted amid riots. Pierre-Louis discusses how she and the rest of the government can work to overcome Haitians' distrust.
Posted: February 19, 2009 12:55
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Hurricane mudslides bury Haitian towns
Months after the storms have passed, some Haitians are trying to dig their homes out of 10 to 15 feet of mud. Worldfocus explores how long-gone storms continue to interfere with day-to-day life.
Posted: February 18, 2009 15:04
Haitians destroy environment in struggle to survive
Haiti is a tiny island country in the Caribbean and the poorest in the Western hemisphere. In their struggle to survive, Haitians are destroying the very elements of their environment that sustain them.
Posted: February 18, 2009 14:01
Hurricanes raze Haitian infrastructure; second school falls
A school partially collapsed in Haiti today, the second in a week. After suffering four hurricanes in the space of a month, Haitian infrastructure is in decay.
Posted: November 12, 2008 23:00