On today’s show, Leonard spoke to Dan Reed, the producer of the Frontline documentary “Battle for Haiti”, about the more than 4,000 prisoners who escaped from the National Penitentiary during last year’s earthquake and the repercussions of this jailbreak.
Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of last year’s 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti. Below, you can find links to our coverage of the quake and the rebuilding efforts over the past year - an interesting timeline of a natural disaster and its repercussions. We’ve also included some of our coverage of Haiti before the earthquake: a saddening reminder that Haiti’s troubles go back further than just last year.
We’d love to know what coverage you found really meaningful—and what we should be keeping an eye on in the future. Leave your thoughts in the comments!
- What Caused the Earthquake in Haiti?: Leonardo Seeber, a seismologist and senior researcher at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, explained that part of the reason that the Haitian earthquake was so strong was because the fault on which Haiti lies was largely inactive. (1/13/2010)
- Update on Haiti: Time magazine’s Jay Newton-Small joined us from Port-au-Prince to describe what she saw. And Gillian Dunn, the leader of the International Rescue Committee’s Emergency Response Team on the ground in Haiti, explained how the 6.1 magnitude aftershock affected aid efforts. (1/21/2010)
- Underreported: Haiti’s Children: Caryl M. Stern, president of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, and Manuel Fontaine, explored the impact of the earthquake on Haiti’s children—and the ethically-fraught process of adoption. (2/4/2010)
- Haiti Update: Preparing for the Rainy Season: In early February, we explored the effect that the rainy season could have on aid efforts in Haiti with Dominic MacSorley, the Emergency Operations Director for Concern Worldwide. (2/18/2010)
- Rebuilding Haiti: In April, we looked at how international promises of $5 billion in aid to help rebuild Haiti would be used—and the challenges of such a multi-faceted aid effort—with Alan Manski, the head of the International Rescue Committee programs in Haiti, and John Belle, founder of the architectural firm Beyer, Blinder & Belle. (4/1/2010)
- Haiti Update: On the 6-month anniversary of the quake, Aine Fay, acting country director for Concern Worldwide, gave us an update on efforts to rebuild Port-au-Prince and to house the thousands of people who had been homeless since January. (7/12/2010)
- The Election in Haiti: New Yorker contributing writer Amy Wilentz discussed the elections in Haiti—which she explored in her article, “Running in the Ruins,” in the September 6 issue of the New Yorker. (8/30/2010)
- Underreported: Eating Mud Cakes in Haiti: In 2008, we looked at how sky-rocketing food prices had made many poor Haitians resort to eating mud cakes. (8/21/2008)
- Underreported: Haitian Paramilitary Leader on Trial in New York: Emmanuel “Toto” Constant, former leader of the Haitian paramilitary group FRAPH, went on trial in July, 2008 in New York. But he was not being tried for his human rights violations, but rather for mortgage fraud! We examined the details of the case. (7/10/2008)
- Underreported: An Update on Haiti: Michael Deibert first visited Haiti in 1997 and served as the Reuters correspondent in Port-au-Prince from 2001 until 2003. He updated us on Haiti's security situation in 2006. (4/26/2006)
- Tales From Haiti: Kathie Klarreich reported on Haiti for NPR, the New York Times, NBC, CNN, and ABC, among others. She discussed her memoir of her time there, Madame Dread: A Tale of Love, Vodou and Civil Strife in Haiti, with us in 2006. (4/7/2006)
- Underreported: Haiti and the Dominican Republic: We explored the history of discrimination against Haitians in the Dominican Republic, and why the two neighbors are so culturally and politically different. (4/6/2006)
- Update on Haiti: We looked at the political situation in Haiti one year after President Jean Bertrand-Aristide was ousted. (3/10/2005)
- Kieran Crawley: Kieran Crawley, the Director of Concern Worldwide in Haiti, told us about the mounting political tensions in 2004 as rebel fighters pressured President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to resign. (3/1/2004)