Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner looks at how major natural disasters have played out differently in Haiti and Chile. He argues that the suffering in Haiti cannot be forgotten and the rescue mission should be the responsibility of all governments and all people.
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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.
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.
More than 30 heads of state met this week for a summit designed to create an alternative to the Organization of American States. The conference, however, has been overshadowed by a spat between Colombia's Alvaro Uribe and Venezuela's Hugo Chávez. Worldfocus looks at reactions from U.S. and Latin American writers.
Haiti's government says it will take over some privately held land to build camps for quake survivors. The aim is to relieve overcrowding in makeshift camps where many of the one million-plus homeless have been living. But five weeks after the quake, a few stories of hope are emerging as well. Steve Chao of Al Jazeera English reports from Haiti.
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.
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.
The news of suspected child smugglers operating in Haiti has highlighted longstanding concerns about the trafficking of children from poor countries. Patrick McCormick of the United Nations children's agency, UNICEF, talked to Worldfocus about vulnerable children around the world.
Ten Americans remain in custody in Haiti, accused of illegally trafficking children after they tried to cross into the Dominican Republic on a bus. Haitian authorities are debating what to do with the group of missionaries that allegedly intended to smuggle the children -- after reportedly being told they were all orphans.
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.