Haiti Earthquake

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Yesterday's devastating earthquake in Haiti is the latest disaster to befall the country. We take calls from Haitians in the area and hear from guests, including Garry Pierre-Pierre, editor-publisher of The Haitian Times, host of the show “Independent Sources” on CUNY TV; Stephanie Bunker, spokesperson for the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs; and Raj Patel, visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Center for African Studies, Food First fellow and board member for the Ota Benga Alliance.

More Haiti Resources: Twitter List from NPR | Twitter List from NYTimes | How You Can Help: The Takeaway’s List of Relief Organizations


Stephanie Bunker, Raj Patel and Garry Pierre-Pierre

Comments [28]

Tracy K. Smith from Brooklyn

I haven't heard much mention of the ongoing work that Partners in Health does in Haiti. In these moments after the earthquake, they've begun implementing a strategy for emergency care in Port-au-Prince. Visit for more information, and to make a donation.

Jan. 13 2010 08:17 PM
hjs from 11211

william skiff,
population comes down with higher levels of education....

Jan. 13 2010 12:11 PM
william skiff from brooklyn

This tragedy is exacerbated by the biggest problem in the human world, HUMAN OVERPOPULATION.
There are simply too many people. In areas that are environmentally sensitive, a naturally occurring event is magnified by the existing human abuse of the planet. The balance between man and nature is uneven. If humans had any respect for humanity, efforts to control the consumption of every resource by producing more consumers would be paramount in the hearts and minds of people everywhere.
Stop the race to the bottom.

Jan. 13 2010 11:57 AM
Jennifer from Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

Sadly enough, a lot of organizations (especially governmental organizations) never reach Haiti, this one, I know for sure will get donations into the hands of the right people...

Radio Nago is a community based radio station serving the Haitian community for over 15 years..
Radio Nago is taking donations of dry food, toiletries, first aid kits and money. All donations will go straight to the people of Haiti.

Radio Nago 89.3 FM
591 Ocean Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11226 Apt 5F
718 856 3092 Mr. Aspilaire

Jan. 13 2010 10:49 AM
hjs from 11211


corporate america steals my money also.

even if 90% of the aid is stolen still 10% will help. stop dreaming about money. where is your humanity? or are we still just animals?

Jan. 13 2010 10:48 AM
john from office

Please dont send Money, It will be stolen!!!

Send it to the red Cross. This is the most Corrupt place on earth.

Jan. 13 2010 10:43 AM
Susan from Kingston

John from office - It seems to me that you could be part of the long term solution to bring justice for Haiti. It appears that corruption and profiteering is not just a Haitian problem, but one that this country shares a hand in. Unfortunately US policy gives one hand and takes with another.

Jan. 13 2010 10:42 AM
kai from NJ-NYC

@ john - Obviously problems within any society are at least, in part, caused by its own citizens, but I think what Susan from Kingston is saying (or at least what I'm saying) is: What's your problem?

This is a natural disaster and a tragedy for millions of people that can least afford it. Regardless of political and economic decisions made, there is no reason to spew hate and rub people's nose in it during a tragedy.

Jan. 13 2010 10:40 AM
Elaine from Long Island

I am having trouble getting through to the Red Cross to donate on line. Is there a problem with their site?

Jan. 13 2010 10:40 AM
Leo in NYC from Staten Island

Bill Clinton, the UN Special Envoy to Haiti, was spearheading a major effort to revive Haiti's garment industry that was just getting off the ground. Congress just passed a bill to allow garments from Haiti to be sold duty-free in the states. The initiative is somewhat controversial because of concerns over sweatshop wages for the garments workers and low-cost goods undercutting the US garment industry. But there was support for the initiative in Haiti due to the desperate poverty and extreme unemployment rate there.

Presumably that effort will be another crippled casualty of this tragic earthquake.

Jan. 13 2010 10:39 AM
john from office

Yes I have been there I was born on that Island. I am tired of Billions being spent and stolen. Now there is an emergency and we have to pay out more!!

It is sad, but the culture itself is hopeless.

Jan. 13 2010 10:35 AM

12-"People have to care about their own people"

says who? i do not believe your position is the criteria for aid recipients. giving help to another is a measure of the giver's character -- not the recipient's.

Jan. 13 2010 10:33 AM
Stephen Klips from Brooklyn, NY

Greetings. In addition to the organizations listed on The Takeaway list, I would add this very fine one whose efforts are specific to Haiti: Konbit Pou Ayiti. Go to:


Jan. 13 2010 10:33 AM

excellent book (haiti/us)
"the immaculate invasion"
bob shacochis

Jan. 13 2010 10:30 AM
Susan from Kingston

What is the point of your remarks, John from office? What are they based on? Have you ever been there?

Jan. 13 2010 10:29 AM
john from office

The problems in Haiti are self inflicted. Deforestation, corruption, human trafficing.

Where did the Clinton Billions go??

Jan. 13 2010 10:29 AM
john from office

I understand this is sad, but the money sent will be lost to corruption and stolen. Like all else.

People have to care about their own people, not rely on outsiders to always come in and help. Haitians treat eachother like garbage.

Jan. 13 2010 10:25 AM
kai from NJ-NYC

What more can Haiti bear? Already the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haitians have terrible problems with, among other things, the environment (deforestation, etc.) which undermines agriculture and hurts its ability to sustain itself and support greater development. This earthquake will further devastate their inadequate infrastructure.

Hopefully The U.S. with the help of other N., C., and S. America nations can unite on specific goals that can begin to address some of Haiti's problems and allow its people to create a society they want to live in.

Jan. 13 2010 10:24 AM
Paulette from Yorkville

Brian, A pediatrician friend of mine, wants to volunteer to go to Haiti. She has been there many times. She can't get through to the Red Cross. Can you suggest a contact for doctors?

Jan. 13 2010 10:23 AM


Back when Katrina happened, I found that calls would not go through. However, text messages would and I successfully reached my relative on day 2 of the storm.

I think the reasoning is, if you have a crippled and overloaded cell phone infrastructure, it can much more easily send texts - small packets of data - than establish a voice connection.

Jan. 13 2010 10:23 AM

(i was referring to your comment 5 -- your comment 6 is just responding to one provocation w another, careful of your blood pressure)

Jan. 13 2010 10:21 AM

john from office -- fair criticism or not yours rings like a "2nd week after disaster comment" rather than day reaction to reading it...

Jan. 13 2010 10:19 AM
john from office

Blaming American intervention for an earthquake and the the lack of a functioning government is insane.

Haiti is Africa in Miniature.

Jan. 13 2010 10:18 AM
john from office

After Billions spent by the Clinton Admionistration and the pockets of the Black congressional caucus being lined with contracts to there friends. It is clear that this is a nation that is ungovernable, much like New Orleans, prior to Katrina.

The helplessness is incredible.

Jan. 13 2010 10:16 AM
Sam from NYC

For anyone who wants to see a really comprehensive documentary on modern Haiti, see "The Agronomist" by Jonahthan Demme. I believe it is available on demand on Netflix.

Jan. 13 2010 10:15 AM
jul from BKLYN

You can text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross relief for Haiti.

Jan. 13 2010 10:12 AM

others will comment on this awful situation and the sad plight of haitians, my point concerns the un hq.

why on earth was the un building not built to international standards, by certified workers? if this happens again, somewhere else in the world, the un sec general needs to step down immediately. arbitrarily unsafe work conditions needlessly reduces the un's pool of talent.

Jan. 13 2010 10:11 AM
hjs from 11211

after 200 years of US intervention in haiti, this poorest of nations continues to be a big mess. do u think the GOP will let the US help haiti this time around?

Jan. 13 2010 10:11 AM

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