This video is called Haiti Earthquake Aftermath.
With thousands of Haitians dying every day for lack of medical care and supplies, the Pentagon has announced that it is expanding the US military presence in the country, maintaining its priority of troops over humanitarian aid: here.
Rachel Cohen and Alan Maass explain that the U.S. government’s callous attitude toward Haitians desperate to flee the disaster is part of a longstanding history: here.
Haiti: nine links: here.
Haiti aid agencies accused of ‘jostling for position’: here.
Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) — Haitian police shot and killed a man they suspected of stealing rice in earthquake-ravaged Port-au-Prince on Thursday, leaving his body on the sidewalk for hours as his family mourned.
The dead man’s mother identified him as Gentile Cherie, a 20-year-old carpenter. A companion with him was wounded, and a third man nearby was hit by what he said was a stray bullet.
Witnesses said no one was looting at the time. Josef Josnain, the owner of a shop near the city’s airport, said the five bags of rice the men were found with fell from a truck and passers-by picked them up. And Cherie’s wounded companion, who did not give his name, said a truck driver gave them the rice.
“A truck stopped and we jumped on, and the driver gave us the rice as a gift,” he said. “But the cops shot us.”
A CNN crew spotted police stopping the two men Thursday afternoon. They stopped to film the arrests, but while they were getting out of the car, they heard four gunshots and saw the men on the ground. Both had been shot in the back.
A third man, Auxilus Maxo, was wounded by a stray bullet near the scene. He told CNN he was hit in the side while waiting for a bus — after applying for a job as a police officer.
Marc Justin, a senior police officer in the area, said he would investigate the killing and said there was no shoot-to-kill order for suspected looters.
“Nobody can do this in any country,” Justin said. “Even if somebody was stealing a bag of rice, nobody has a right to do this.”
Justin said he had called for an ambulance for the wounded man, but none appeared.
We take a journey to the epicenter of the earthquake in Haiti. We go from Port-au-Prince, through Carrefour and Gressier to Leogane. Earthquake survivors talk about the lack of any outside help as they continue to dig out their dead from the rubble and bury them in mass graves: here.
Security ‘Red Zones’ in Haiti Preventing Large Aid Groups From Effectively Distributing Aid: here.
The Haitian tragedy has opened up a whole new industry for what I call the genteel racist point of view. A week into the crisis I heard an otherwise intelligent report on NPR in which the correspondent opened her piece from Port-au-Prince by declaring that it “is not falling into a…pit of violence,” thereby giving us an idea of what she had been anticipating, almost breathlessly. We heard this kind of thing frequently in the days after the earthquake, with scores of fresh reporters receiving their Haitian baptism amid the rubble: here.
The US has begun preparing a 1,000-bed detention camp at the Guantanamo Bay naval base to house desperate Haitians who may attempt the waterborne crossing to Florida: here.
Washington indicated Thursday that it is preparing a long-term occupation of Haiti. In the immediate crisis confronting millions of homeless, injured and suffering people, however, the US military has yet to organize a viable distribution of aid: here.