Four weeks have passed since the earthquake in Haiti, and the death toll has climbed over 200,000. It's an unfortunate reality that in any disaster, there are those who will seek to profit from the situation -- a fact re-confirmed by allegations that some Haitian officials are rigging the system by which food aid and medicine are distributed. Rob Reynolds of AJE has more.
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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.
Dozens of countries are contributing to the relief effort in Haiti. China's mission is using life detectors and snake-eye cameras to find survivors. According to China Central TV, the Chinese team has found 15 bodies in 23 collapsed buildings.
For more on the relief effort in Haiti, Martin Savidge interviews Tom Arnold, chief executive of Concern Worldwide and Concern Worldwide in the U.S. Arnold was in Haiti earlier this week. And Zeina Khodr of Al Jazeera English has more on the devastated Haitian government's recovery.
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.