On air: Haiti Earthquake

Hundreds of people are feared dead following a 7.0-magnitude quake in Haiti yesterday. Here’s the latest.

It’s said to be the largest earthquake in Haiti in 25 years. This blogger and radio host describes the scene.

Raymond Alcide Joseph, Haiti’s ambassador to the US called the country’s infrastructure the worst in the world and said that the earthquake was a ” a catastrophe waiting to happen,”

Haiti’s Phonelines and power are down and once again twitter and Facebook have proved invaluable. So we’ll be using the internet and our contacts to try to get you voices on the ground. If you, your family or friends are there please do get in touch.

67 Responses to “On air: Haiti Earthquake”

  1. January 13, 2010 at 11:47

    Everything that could go wrong… has gone wrong for Haiti. Horrible and corrupt government for half a century, a cooking method that led to the destruction of their trees, direct hits from hurricanes, and now this massive earthquake. Haiti is close, I hope we see big helicopters landing there tomorrow… and that aid flows in from around the world.

    • 2 Dennis
      January 13, 2010 at 16:02

      Yes, your remarks are very much true…And, I am sending my heartfelt condolences and prayers to the Haitian nation and its supporters…

      -Dennis Junior-

  2. January 13, 2010 at 13:17

    “Since the last major event in south-central Dominican Republic was in 1751, that yields ~2 meters of accumulated strain deficit, or a Mw=7.2 earthquake if all is released in a single event today. The two largest cities within 30 km of the fault zone are Port-au-Prince, Haiti; and Kingston, Jamaica.”

    Mann, Paul1, Calais, Eric et al. “Enriquillo-Plantain Garden strike-slip fault zone: A major seismic hazard affecting Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Jamaica” 2008 (I think) – http://www.ig.utexas.edu/jsg/18_cgg/Mann3.htm

    So, umm.. couldn’t everyone have been a bit better prepared?

    • 4 Essex
      January 13, 2010 at 20:57

      You’d think so, wouldn’t you? ……………. but that’s science, (I’m a geologist too) and we increasingly live in an age when science is denigrated in favor of a belief in the supernatural (ie God.) There is absolutely nothing people can do to avoid earthquakes, except look at the science and try not to live in large numbers on top of earthquake zones. And if they must, then build properly.

      But that does nothing to help the people of Haiti right now, who, through no fault of their own, have been utterly devastated. We can leave the scientific analysis until later.

    • January 14, 2010 at 00:54

      Strangely enough Jamaicans in the know know that a big earthquake was due. Our history shows us getting a big one every 100 years or so and the last one was in 1907. I was not surprised. For a number of years now I look up at my slab roof with its spider web network of large cracks and pray every night “not tonight Lord – please not while I’m sleeping”

      • 6 Essex
        January 15, 2010 at 03:44

        You might want to consider sleeping under a stout table! Seriously, as I understand it, the stress relief on this particular plate boundary could have gone either way, Jamaica or Haiti, so you were lucky and they were not. But given that Jamaica knew it might be expected, were you hassling your government to prepare, and making sure building codes are enforced?

  3. January 13, 2010 at 13:36

    Actually, I am sadden and overwhelmed by this news and the horrible photographs I have seen on the BBC Front Page about the catastorph in Haiti. I feel for those who have lost their lives to this disaster. May I identify with all those who were wounded and going through pains as the result of this earthquake. I also wish and hope that those who are triped under the rubbles of the delapidated building be rescued. I promise to be in constant prayers for all of you who are directly and indirectly affected by this natural disaster. May God be with you.

  4. 8 JanB
    January 13, 2010 at 15:05

    I didn’t think Haiti could get any worse, but yesterday it did.

    My sympathy goes out to the victims and their families.
    I hope this will be a lesson for the warring factions in Haiti to give up violence and for the corrupt construction companies to stop building substandard buildings, but that probably won’t happen, poor Haitians…

  5. 9 patti in cape coral
    January 13, 2010 at 15:07

    I would like to join T.Kootee above in extending my sincerest good wishes to the people of Haiti. I heard on the news today that a problem is already manifesting itself that although there are funds available for disaster aid, there is a problem with distribution. I can only guess what the snafu is, but I’m trying not to be too cynical about it.

  6. 10 ryan (SA)
    January 13, 2010 at 15:10

    my girlfriend is in Trinidad and they are devastated, a few islands she says are on tsunami alert. Sad for Haiti man, really not a cool thing, my girlfriend and all our friends have made Haiti’s flag our facebook profile pics. and since she is close im just keeping an eye on the tsunami alerts and pray they don’t come true, worse for Haiti and her people.

    We praying for everyone, hope locally there is a way i can chip in to help people out there.

    January 13, 2010 at 15:20

    Once again we have been reminded that nature is king and sometimes ruthless. What was to happen has happened and there is no need of crying over spilt milk which should not be allowed to win over human courage and show of strong survival spirit. There is no room for rhetoric at this moment. Haiti will need all the help available with no waste of time without being required to solicite for it.


  8. 12 eSCe
    January 13, 2010 at 15:40

    Perhaps I’ve been hardened by now. I have stop feeling sad or sorry by all these disasters. For those who died , I can only say RIP. Those who are trapped inside the rubble , I say , take heart and be brave and don’t loose your dignity and hope for the best. May God be with them. Help may come soon.

  9. 13 Vijay Pillai
    January 13, 2010 at 16:02

    I am also saddned that poor africans who appear to make up the haiti are helped by international ommunity as it happened to them. no amount of technical know how of predicting earhquake in advance were of no help whether in kobe earhquake of almost 2 decades ago or kaiti of this large magnitude.they are not alone and need all the help they can get i am sure haitis are touched by the setiments expressed by previous comment form japan whick has been experiencing earthquake in their country and know what it is like to see whole infrastructure collapse and hundreds of thousands killed.this is not the time to pick falut with corruption and so on but acts of humanity must be uppermost. god bless all the haitians at this crucial time in their life.

  10. 14 audre
    January 13, 2010 at 16:12

    My heart goes out to the people in Haiti. This latest tragedy illustrates the age old truth that nature cannot be harnessed.

    Let’s hope they get much international aid and help for emotional distress.

    • 15 Essex
      January 13, 2010 at 21:05

      While it’s true that nature cannot be harnessed, it can to some extent be predicted and mitigated. We know where these fault zones lie, we know how to build in a way that makes buildings at least safer, if not completely safe, under these conditons. You can if you must call an earthquake an act of God (I prefer act of Nature) but what happens when an earthquake strikes is really down to politics and government and how a country is run. And Haiti has been very badly run. We as a species go on living in quake zones and flood plains and so on, ignoring the risks don’t we?

  11. January 13, 2010 at 16:30

    Here is yet another opportunity for the people of the world to see how they can help their brothers and sisters trapped under the rubble of a natural disaster. But the people of Haiti are also trapped in a place where bad governance, human ignorance and corruption desperately needs to be addressed.

    When a similar situation resulted after the recent Chinese earthquake the world was suddenly made aware of a positive alternative to current military might. I hope and pray that we see those who are currently trained in killing, can be helpful in rescue and rebuilding instead. I hope to see military helicopters refitted to rescue Haitians from this earthquake.

    We are all brothers and sisters. We all have the choice to help each other. When we chose to wage war against each other we bring disaster on ourselves. This earthquate is yet another opportunity to see the light and to change our ways.

    • 17 dakid
      January 14, 2010 at 01:11

      Yes me and you see it that way.:the we are brother’s and sister’s,but there is too many people out there in the world that is too busy looking that the skin color and that is not what the issue is at hand here.

  12. January 13, 2010 at 16:33

    Haiti, with her wonderful, courageous history, confronts so much of what threatens fragile nations today… social violence, incompetent and/or self-serving government, lack of educational / economic opportunity, man’s ecological devastation of the land, and nature’s indiscriminate wrath. Nature aside, ALL the rest of Haiti’s problems are man-made, well publicized, and tolerated. Sending sniffer dogs and band-aids to Haiti’s newest disaster ignores the deeper tragedy. No citizen of any nation deserves what Haitians have endured and continue to endure… at some point in our world’s history, perhaps we will establish the parameters of good governance and honest opportunity… and then hold national governments to its achievement.

  13. 19 Tara Ballance, Montreal Canada
    January 13, 2010 at 16:38

    Actor Ben Stiller, who was using Facebook to raise funds for a school in Haiti, has just made a special plea to his 1.25 million fans to help in the wake of the earthquake.

    All donations made through his Stillerstrong.org will be used for earthquake relief, for the time being.

    It would be interesting (to me, at least) if Mr. Stiller were to participate in today’s conversation.

  14. 21 Donnamarie in Switzerland
    January 13, 2010 at 16:45

    As a native Southern California native, I’ve lived through many earthquakes. Earthquakes are horrific enough even when the population is prepared for them, even when there are strict building codes that are rigorously enforced, and there is a solid infrastructure for earthquake response that swings into action at the first tremble.

    Haiti appears to have lost what little disaster management there was with the collapse of the UN and other aid agency structures, and it appears that Haitians really must go it alone. My heart goes out to them.

  15. 22 T
    January 13, 2010 at 16:48

    I have a You Tube page with two clips re: relief information:

    Haitian Earthquake Relief: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJ2sbTGyn70

    Relief 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TwPayA4IHA

    These are ways to post information on where to donate. And, to post messages and link to groups, family and others in Haiti. Feel free to pass these on to everyone they might help.

  16. January 13, 2010 at 17:11

    My heart and prayers are with the people in Haiti. I am also pleased that President Obama responded quickly to this disaster.

  17. 24 Habeeb
    January 13, 2010 at 17:45

    I pray the almighty Allah to save the people who are all trapped in the destroyed buildings. I pray for them who all lost their lives.

    Let us all support these suffering people thru helping agencies.

  18. 25 Alan in Arizona
    January 13, 2010 at 19:04

    All my best wishes and blessings to the people of Haiti. It’s sad that this has to happen to a people already in distress.

    I wish we could instantly pull our soldiers out of Iraq and Afghanistan and put them to a useful humanitarian task of helping these people. We don’t need guns to help the world.

    Let’s see if Obama and the other leaders of the world can do something useful.

  19. 26 UK_Les
    January 13, 2010 at 19:08

    My life here in Portland Oregon has taken a turn for the worst recently with the economy etc. Then I heard about this nightmare on the BBC World Service and you know…I have food, warmth and shelter today.
    My life is not so bad today thankyou very much. How can I help someone less fortunate than myself today is my thought right now?

    Cheers WHYS,

  20. 27 Tom D Ford
    January 13, 2010 at 19:18

    It is my understanding that Haiti has long been mistreated because they were the only country that successfully revolted and and overthrew and threw out the slave masters. I think it is time to get over it and start treating the Haitians like other people in the world, as worthy of respect and dignity and as full participants in the world economies.

    My “Bleeding Liberal Heart” goes out to the people of Haiti, and their friends and relatives, I wish them well.

  21. 28 Marlon, Trinidad
    January 13, 2010 at 19:19

    Lets deal with the devastation and the pain in Haiti first and all the issues about corruption and not sending aid after. I cannot believe someone will even bring that up right now…They have never dealt with it before, will they deal with it now.

  22. 29 Chad, Kentucky, USA
    January 13, 2010 at 19:20

    Not so subtle stupidity has creeped into “World Have Your Say”…

  23. 30 d from indiana
    January 13, 2010 at 19:38

    Roz, I here the prison has been destroyed and the prisoners have escaped. Can you ask about this?

  24. 32 Chintan in Houston
    January 13, 2010 at 19:39

    WHYS can atleast post links of aid agencies on the website with the help of the parent company BBC.
    Please do that!

  25. 33 Sophia
    January 13, 2010 at 19:40

    I am listening to the debate from my computer in Portland, Oregon and am much saddened by the losses endured by Hati over the last 24 hours. I am also saddened by the implication that media coverage of this disaster is suffering because of racism in the United States. I have to disagree. I’ve actually been quite impressed by the flow of information from media outlets to the general public regarding this disaster. From BBC and NPR to the NY Times and other major newspapers, to television, even to simple google searches… information is everywhere! (And I am grateful!) If anything it would seem that, race aside, Americans care a great deal about Hati. I for one certainly do! My thoughts are with those affected by the disaster.

  26. 35 Chinedu Chukwu
    January 13, 2010 at 19:42

    chinedu chukwu I am a Nigeria but lives in Abidjan-Ivory coast. Very Unfortunate for Haitains to start this new year 2010 disastrously. I dearly sympathise with Haitians and please let the rich nation help

  27. 36 Essex
    January 13, 2010 at 19:47

    To the young woman who keeps asking why the reporters can get in but not aid yet, I would simply answer that it’s a lot easier to land a helicopter with a couple of guys and a camera, that a Hercules transport aircraft or a C130 with a hundred tons of supplies. They must make sure the runway is safe etc before sending in large aircraft – and what is needed is very large aircraft, ships etc loaded with supplies.. The amount you can get on a helicopter is tiny. What the helicopters can do is take out injured, but then only one or two at a time.

  28. 37 Nigel
    January 13, 2010 at 19:50

    @ Ros,

    For your Haitian group…..amature (ham) radio operators are sometimes a good source of information from isolated areas like this. I have heard Caribbean stations on the frequencies 7045 and 3720 mHz.. Not sure if they are yet in contact with Haiti operators but these are the frequencies where information is being shared. There must be ham operators in the Florida area that are doing the same thing. They are usually successful and a good source of information in dire circumstances like these.

  29. 38 Fazeela from Trinidad
    January 13, 2010 at 19:56

    Thanks for carrying this programme; for allowing your listeners to hear from someone on the ground in Haiti. It is difficult to imagine how the Haitians are coping with the aftermath of the earthquake.
    I heard that aid is on its way from many countries and I hope these relief supplies can enter Haiti as soon as it’s possible.
    My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti. Another reminder of how life can change so quickly.

  30. 39 Deidre
    January 13, 2010 at 19:57

    My heart goes out to the people of Haiti.

    Living in Portland, OR, I am so very proud to have International aid organization Mercy Corps based here. I know first hand the impact they can make. Just a suggestion of a way to help – Give to Mercy Corps as they are preparing their emergency teams for Haiti now.

  31. 40 Jeff - Italy
    January 13, 2010 at 21:05

    Look at the eyes of the girl in the photo! Helping her and all other people in Haiti is the most important thing to do now and in the future too.
    Why are men wasting time making wars?.
    The money wasted making wars could surely help a lot of people and our battered planet. It’s impossible to imagine what a 7.0 scale heartquake means. It’s really terrific.

  32. 41 loudobservant
    January 13, 2010 at 22:12

    I observe the destruction and devastation in Haiti and immediately my mind goes back to the two world wars and,at least,three major catastrophic wars of our century,viz.,Iraq,Afghanistan and Somalia,and to me the level of human and deliberate barbaric devastations and wanton destructions of infrastructures and innocent children and resulting widows and orphans, I see no difference at all between the two events.
    The tragedy is,in the case of natural disaster,immediate help flows in without discrimination on the grounds of colour,race,religion or politics,while in the cases of man-made disasters of wars,every nation of the world shuns the victims and the affected countries and derive morbid pleasure from watching the scenarios from afar.
    I know this a bitter and pungently sour PILL to swallow, but, you cannot deny the truth.

  33. 42 Vijay Pillai
    January 13, 2010 at 22:39

    I remember in 1957 due to cyclone, sea was rough and there were no transport by sea but food were dropped to my island of birth less than 2 sq miles which had no landing pad so to speak.These days anything is possible if there isd will to help and i hope it is happening. for those who speak of corruption and so on, your current plight may be worse than what is experienced no by the devastated haitians. thank god the President Obama has not turned his other cheek but has givenfull hope to the people of haiti.good luck to them

  34. 43 Mark Gregory
    January 13, 2010 at 22:46

    All of us send our good wishes to the people of Haiti, but interviewing members of the diaspora who know nothing is not news. Please interview folks who know, report what you know, and then move on and report the rest of the news.

  35. 44 Phyllis, Naples ,Fl.
    January 14, 2010 at 00:35

    We have a very large Haitian population here in Collier County.

    It is possible to assist through our own local Charity, Hope for Haiti.
    That Charity is very well known here in Naples, so you may rest assured that your contribution would get to your intended destination.

    Visit their Website:http://www.hopeforhaiti.com/

  36. 46 Tan Boon Tee
    January 14, 2010 at 03:48

    One of the poorest nations on earth, Haiti suffered from a terrible hurricane bash not long ago.

    This time the 7.0 earthquake shook the core of the nation, tearing the capital city apart mercilessly. Tens of thousands of people might have been buried alive. With hardly any proper infrastructure, rescue jobs are tough. The extent of destruction is still unfolding, while international aids are pouring in.

    Why these lesser children of god must keep enduring the unendurable?

    Could there be an answer?

  37. 47 T
    January 14, 2010 at 06:12

    I’ll be the first to mention this. Not to take anything away from the horror of this and getting help to the people who need it.

    But who was President when Former President Aristede was overthrown by a coup (also involving Canada and France)? Clinton. Who’s the U.N. Special Envoy to Haiti? Clinton. Just seems very ironic to me.

  38. January 14, 2010 at 08:14

    I’m fearing a total meltdown in Haiti. Too many dead, and there is nothing there. No water, food, shelter, electricity.

    It is amazing that reporters are getting in there so quickly. The other organization that is ready to go is the US Coast Guard… can we send them in there immediately?

  39. 49 Bala
    January 14, 2010 at 11:27

    I am terrified by this news.My sympathies are with the Haiti population. But what I can’t understand is, why is that natural disasters like Tsunami, floods and earth quakes and wars always strike the lower strata of society’. How is it that USA could not warn the Haities of such disaster?

    January 14, 2010 at 11:46

    I am so sorry for the people of Haiti.

    My main worry is that the Majority of the Haiti people believe in ‘spirits’ hence if I tell them to look up to the one and only True God who created the heavens and the earth it may be Greek to them.

    However, I still wish to encourage the Haiti Nation that when everything goes wrong, and indeed it has in their country, the economy, governance and now earth quakes, there is only one hope to turn to and that is God the Almigthy who can set a table in the wilderness and turn a dessert into a paradise. How wonderful.

    Haiti is small country which needs the supernatural hands of God to restore it. But only if the Haiti people could copy the example of the Ninive people who called for a national fast and turned away from their ‘spirits gods’.

    May God bless Haiti.

  41. 51 scmehta
    January 14, 2010 at 13:45

    My condolences to the families & friends of those who perished in the earthquake, and my heart-felt sympathies for the ones who are enduring the aftermath of the calamity. This is not the right time to criticize Haiti’s poor infrastructure or to say that the calamity was waiting to happen; it’s the time to assist/help to repair the damage.

  42. 52 haitian princess
    January 14, 2010 at 15:17

    my prayer goes out to everyone in haiti including my family that we stiil can’t get ahold of i hope they are ok.Haiti ahs been threw so much and i hope and pray that they will make it threw this hard time.

  43. 53 Dr. Kathleen Cusick
    January 14, 2010 at 15:20

    You need to be telling people how South America and CUBA have responded to this disaster, like immediately, not to mention China sending a plane yesterday.

    & I know you wont report the US was doing a flyover to assess damage…

    Give me a break, they dont remember Katrina??? Of Course they dont remember.

    & “its desperately poor,” thanks to the US and its policies. Look it up.

    Your take on it as Im listening right this minute, is completely distorted. DuValier (sp) was supported by the US for the benefit of its Corporations.

  44. January 14, 2010 at 18:22

    Such as sad and teribble story that affect real people

  45. 55 geoffrey barbados
    January 14, 2010 at 19:22

    such a very tragic situation.there seems to be no end to that countries woes.one can only have compassion ,and extend whatever help one can under the circumstances.

  46. 56 Travis
    January 14, 2010 at 19:51

    From New Orleans

    I have to notice that Voodoo is a culture of New Orleans as well as Hait, I wonder God’s plans! I do know however that death is not a punishment but a path to God for those who love Him.

  47. 57 Essex
    January 15, 2010 at 03:39

    Look Haiti is a real mess and tens of thousands of people, possibly hundreds of thousands of people are suffering dreadfully. On a purely humanitarian level we must and will respond fully, burying dead, trying to save the living and helping rebuild on some level. I’ll donate like many will.

    But all these platitudes about God, spirits, etc just drives me to despair. This is a natural disaster, and act of nature which was to a large extent predictable. It was known (and logged and published in scientific papers) that stress was building up at this well mapped and understood fault zone, along one of the earth’s plate boundaries.

    This has NOT come out of nowhere. So a big quake hasn’t happened in Haiti for 2 hundred years? That is exactly the circumstances under which a big one might be expected on such a fault. It isn’t possible to give a time and date, but these things are well known, so buildings can be built strong and plans made. This is science not God. Most of us choose to ignore the science.

    As a species, too many of us avoid science as ‘difficult’ and disbelieve what experts would tell us. So we live on fault zones and on flood plains and denude our landscapes, and act like it’s a big surprise when disasters happen like earth quakes and floods.

    The real tragedy is that most Haitians get so little education and are so dirt poor, that all this science, prediction and planning are well beyond them. And years of corrupt governments and coups don’t help. They have been so exploited and downtrodden, that they have no resources to fall back on.

    This is a natural disaster made far, far worse by the man made disaster that is Haiti (and, unfortunately, many other nations too.) Nothing to do with God.

  48. 58 Ali-Russia
    January 15, 2010 at 07:29

    Dear brothers and sisters from and in Haiti, my condolences. I think our focus right now should be on recovering as many people as possible from under the rubble and not criticizing the Haiti before the earthquake for its government and nations state. An earthquake is a natural disaster that could happen in any place, and leave a Great city in rumbles. Lets focus on praying and helping for the Haitians.

  49. 59 mehwish firdous
    January 15, 2010 at 12:20

    My sympthies are with the people of Haiti.It was very sad to me to see the horrible pictures of the people of Haiti. As all knows the infrastructure of Haiti was not good and all its responsbility goes to the currupt Government of Haiti. But as a Muslim I beleive that All happens with the will of Allah. But government of Haiti is a big Responsible of great disaster. The harm could be minimize if the infrastucture of Haiti was well designed.I request to all to pray for the people of Haiti.

  50. January 15, 2010 at 13:08

    the us gover ment need to help them

  51. 61 Teddy H Mannah
    January 15, 2010 at 13:45

    I share my love with all the victims of this natural disaster in Haiti i pray that the grace of God will be with you all and the rescue effort will be fruitful.

  52. 62 abid manzoor
    January 15, 2010 at 15:50

    Earthquake once again revised its history like Pakistan on 8 October 2005. It is very shaking incident. A large number of people had died, it is the will of God but a large number of people are waiting for help. I request to every body as human beings please help those disable person which are the victim of this earthquake. I am praying for them ……………: D

  53. 63 Kelly
    January 15, 2010 at 16:19

    My deepest sympathies go out to Haiti. Having lived through a number of hurricanes I know how terrible and ruthless mother nature can be, but I also know how beautiful humanity can respond to such tragedy.

    Stop the blaming and politicizing and the back patting. I know that people in my area are responding as quickly as they possibly can. Special search and rescue tasks force are ready to leave for Haiti right now, but the massive destruction is making it difficult to fly anything into the damaged country.

    The cheap shots at the US is uncalled for and not at all useful to the people of Haiti.

  54. January 16, 2010 at 15:24

    The Haiti earthquake is a very painful one and what even makes it more painful is that Pat Robertson , the World reknowned evangelist can now come out and say what he said about this Earthquake knowing what he should have done as a priest on The Most High God.The lord is Judging the Haitian nation for the fact that he and other Chuirch leaders, knowing the spiritual situation in Haiti did not go to haiti and to the Haiti goverment and ask for a National Repentance, infact the blood of the people of hait is in his hands because he knew and did not ask for an national repentance. Dr david owuor after the LordTold him about the coming earthquake in July 18th called the pastos in the carribean especially in the neighbouring dominican republic asking them to organise for a National Repentance urgently, and meanwhile repent Which some did. Not only that he called a radio station in the dominican republic which he asked them to repent. He went there and told them through huge meetings what the Lord told him what going to happen to them soon and that the Lord wanted repentance. i now ask, What did Pat Robertson do after Knowing What he knew about the state of Haiti spirituallly He shoulld ask God to forgive him for what he was supposed to do . He should repent to the people of Haiti for not doing more to save them He knew what was the state of Haiti, he had resources and influence which the Lord gave him yet he did not do it.

  55. 65 ANAM REHMAT
    January 16, 2010 at 15:38

    The incident of Haiti is a very mournful incident.my heart bleeds when i see the destroyed houses and miserable faces of poor people.but God is omnipotent and he can never give pain to its creature more than their tolerance.my all prayers are with the poor people of Haiti

  56. 66 Simon
    January 17, 2010 at 13:50

    The report by Mark Doyle today on the World Service which i heard in the UAE was very poor indeed. Such mean words from someone with clearly no knowledge of the aid effort and problems involved in logistics just a chip on his shoulder against the US. Simon

  57. 67 ketan
    January 20, 2010 at 14:08

    I am very dissapointed about the amount of reporters who have turned up in Haiti all doing the same thing and asking the same questions.

    surely in a disaster the best things is to have a few reportes, share pictures, intereviews etc….better to use the money where it is needed most – disaster releif.

    It makes me really cringe when I see wave after wave of BBC reporters all saying the same thing.

    Humanity needs to grow up to help people in distress not build a media empire behind it.

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