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Haiti Earthquake Topics

On January 12th, 2010, Haiti was devastated by a massive 7.0-magnitude earthquake, causing of one of the worst natural disasters in history. Up to 300,000 were killed and more than 1.5 million left homeless. See all of our coverage below, from the immediate aftermath of the disaster to recovery and reconstruction efforts and the long-term effects of the disaster.

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    We end today’s show with the sad news of the passing of Haitian political activist Myriam Merlet. She died under the rubble of her home after it collapsed on her last week. Myriam Merlet was the Chief of Staff of the Haitian Ministry of Women and an outspoken feminist who helped draw international attention to the use of rape as a political weapon. We speak with playwright and activist Eve Ensler, who knew Myriam very well, and air video...
    Jan 19, 2010 | Story
  • Dn-crew-haiti
    Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Elizabeth Press from Democracy Now are in Haiti reporting on the devastating earthquake. Tune in Tuesday for a report from Amy. For the latest updates visit the Democracy Now! Twitter page and Sharif’s Twitter page.
    Jan 18, 2010 | News
  • Democracy Now! just received an email from a medical worker at Hopital Sacre Coeur in Milot, 75 miles north of Port-Au-Prince. They have a 7 member trauma/ general surgery team but so far have received only 4 patients from Port-Au-Prince. The medical team is desperately seeking a way to inform relief organizations in Haiti that they can help treat patients.
    Jan 17, 2010 | News
  • One. Allow all Haitians in the US to work. The number one source of money for poor people in Haiti is the money sent from family and workers in the US back home. Haitians will continue to help themselves if given a chance. Haitians in the US will continue to help when the world community moves on to other problems...
    Jan 17, 2010 | News
  • Port-Au-Prince-based independent journalist Ansel Herz is filing video and written reports from Haiti on his website Mediahacker.org. Ansel was interviewed on Democracy Now on Thursday
    Jan 17, 2010 | News
  • Haiti-rescue
    The distribution of humanitarian supplies to Haiti is being hampered by infrastructure damage, blocked roads and severed communication lines. Reports are that those who survived Tuesday’s massive earthquake are now dying in huge numbers, and clean water, food and medical supplies are desperately needed. Dead bodies lie everywhere on the streets, and the Red Cross says it has run out of body bags. The Red Cross in Port-au-Prince estimates...
    Jan 15, 2010 | Story
  • Aristide-rxn
    Ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide spoke out yesterday from exile in South Africa. "We feel deeply and profoundly that we should be there, in Haiti, with them, trying our best to prevent death," Aristide said. "As far as we are concerned, we are ready to leave today, tomorrow, at any time, to join the people of Haiti, to share in their suffering, help rebuild the country, moving from misery to poverty with...
    Jan 15, 2010 | Story
  • Randall-robinson
    We speak with TransAfrica founder Randall Robinson, author of An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, from Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President. On President Obama tapping former President Bill Clinton and former President George W Bush to co-chair US relief efforts in Haiti, Robinson says, "Bush was responsible for destroying Haitian democracy...Clinton has largely sponsored a program of economic development that supports the idea of...
    Jan 15, 2010 | Story
  • Delambert-haiti
    Samuel Dalembert, the only Haitian-born player in the National Basketball Association and the starting center for the Philadelphia 76ers, is working to raise funds for relief efforts in Haiti. He is the founder of the Samuel Dalembert Foundation, which has teamed with UNICEF, the Red Cross and Feed the Children to support humanitarian aid to his home country. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 15, 2010 | Story
  • Haiti-quake-criesdn
    The death toll rises as Haiti is crushed by a massive 7.0-magnitude earthquake. Bodies lie in the streets as people continue to cry out from underneath the rubble. Little aid has come in as the situation becomes increasingly desperate. The number of dead is almost certainly in the tens of thousands but could be 100,000 or more. We go to Port-au-Prince to get a report from a young American father who is helping to care for the injured in the...
    Jan 14, 2010 | Story