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.
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This week, our Friday roundtable focuses on Haiti. We look not just at the present struggle but also at the future of the beleaguered country that has experienced so much hardship for so long. Daljit Dhaliwal discusses the events in Haiti with Nicholas Kristof, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist at the New York Times and Garrick Utley, president of the Levin Institute.
In the immediate aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, Twitter and other social media sites provided the means for some of the first information about the situation on the ground. Professor Sree Sreenivasan of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and contributing editor at dnainfo.com discusses the impact of new media with Daljit Dhaliwal.
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 the command post.
Aid to Haiti is coming in -- plenty of it -- but damage to roads is severely affecting the distribution. For more on the aid effort in Haiti, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Jordan Ryan, the director of crisis prevention and recovery at the U.N. Development Program.
Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner writes how international donor nations, particularly the U.S., need to contribute much more resources to the Haiti aid effort. Eisner writes how the situation will devolve into utter catastrophe if we don't immediately send a huge number of troops to improve the security situation and ensure that food, water and medical supplies are distributed.
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.
Worldfocus correspondent Benno Schmidt writes about navigating Haiti's dilapidated infrastructure where simple trips of a few miles in length can turn into a half-day adventures with roads abruptly dead-ending in forests or standing water.
For Haiti's history of hardship, Peter Eisner joins Daljit Dhaliwal to examine the country's entrenched problems and long-term challenges. They discuss the U.S.'s responsibilities and what kind of more permanent role the U.S. should play in Haiti's recovery effort.