Ansel Hertz, a freelance journalist in Port-au-Prince, gives us a sense of the situation on the ground this morning. He tells us about the weakened infrastructure, the fears residents have about buildings collapsing and the tension on the streets.
The situation on the ground is grim. We hear from Christina Boyle a reporter for The Daily News who landed in Port-au-Prince last night. We also talk to Takeaway contributor Femi Oke, who spent the evening with Haitian immigrants in Flatbush, Brooklyn.
We speak with, Ansel Herz, a freelance journalist in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and Ferentz LaFargue, a professor at the New School, about the spirit of Haitians to cope with grief. We also speak to Millery Polyne, a professor at New York University.
We speak to independent writer Pooja Bhatia via Skype from her house in Port-Au-Prince and she tells us about the extent of the devastation. Pooja has been sending updates on Twitter since the earthquake struck.
At the heart of Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, there's a bustling street market. That's where you'll find Antoine, a man dubbed the market's "walking jukebox." We hear a selection of his music in an audio postcard sent by reporter Ruxandra Guidi.
The slew of tropical storms that tore through the Caribbean have exacted a much higher toll on Haiti than neighboring nations. Dr. Paul Farmer, vice president of Partners in Health, says deforestation and poverty are responsible for much of the suffering.
After the 2010 earthquake devasted Haiti, there was an outpouring of international support. Eight years later, most of those who rushed in to help are long gone. But many of those who remain are people with ties to Haiti, and ome of them started businesses that are getting some traction.
Last summer, Haiti’s senate passed legislation that would further curb LGBT rights. It was just the latest in a series of incidents that LGBT Haitians say shows an increasingly hostile attitude toward their community.
Earlier in July, protests against price hikes paralyzed Port-au-Prince, but the demonstrations also forced the closing of one of the capital’s sources of affordable food: the informal street chefs known as “manje kwit.” With stands near markets and bus stops, these vendors offer meals for $1 or less, and their fare is a lifeline for many of the capital’s food-insecure residents.
Magalie Dresse's craft business in Haiti caught fire in a protest. And while scared for the short term, she told The World she's optimistic that recent demonstrations will bring about long-term change.
Haiti's calamitous earthquake a decade ago leveled much of the capital, killed tens of thousands and left some 1.5 million people homeless. Velina Charlier was 29 years old at the time. In the years since, Charlier has become an anti-corruption activist and petrochallenger. She spoke with The World's Carol Hills about the decade since the devastating earthquake.
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