Special programming this weekend in Haiti

This weekend, the BBC World Service will broadcast special programming in Haiti, in French and English. We will focus on events in Haiti, the difficulties in distributing aid, the increasing health and security risks and the response of the international community.

Listen in on shortwave on 11860 kHz (25 MB) and 9410 kHz (31 MB), on Saturday at 12pm GMT in French and at 12.30 GMT in English and on Sunday we will broadcast at 12pm in French and 12:15 pm in English.

26 Responses to “Special programming this weekend in Haiti”

  1. 1 David Oakley
    January 15, 2010 at 20:21

    Did this person survive ??

  2. 2 Stephen Barksby
    January 15, 2010 at 21:48

    The US has offered $60 million to the Haiti relief, The UK has offered £6 million pounds, up and down the country, people are responding to the DEC appeal with what little they can afford, including myself whois on benefit.

    The UK bankers are due to receive bonuses purportedly totally upto £1.5 BILLION..yep…BILLION!!!..yet not heard a single banker publicly say what donation..if any..they intend to make..and they wonder why they are so reviled???? Wouldn’t it be nice to hear the men at the top saying they are asking for a 10% bonus deduction from all staff? Likely to happen..I think not..its sickening!

  3. 3 ENG CHYE
    January 16, 2010 at 06:03

    We always hear of military joint excercises. Why not having regular joint exercises between countries in preparation for natural disaster. In this way things will be well coordinated and relieves can get to the affected place much much quicker. There will be less ‘cock-up’ like what’s happening in Haiti now where each country doing their own thing resulting in ‘bottle neck’ logistic & cauous.

  4. January 16, 2010 at 08:39

    What stands out as a sore thumb is that no Arab country is on the list of providers of aid to Haiti caused by the catastrophic earthquakei. So why have they not acted In The Name of Allah (God) The Most Compassionate The Most Merciful?

  5. 8 Emmanuel Akpan
    January 16, 2010 at 08:41

    it is a pity that the people in Haiti have to go through all the natural disasters and battering. please how do we in Nigeria contribute to help them.

  6. 9 Anna Bjarnadottir
    January 16, 2010 at 08:42

    Dignitaries stay out
    I just heard that Hillary Clinton and the UN General Secretary are planning visits to Haiti over the weekend. They should wait and go in a months time. Right now ALL effort should be focused on helping the survivors. Not a minute should be used for taking care of dignitaries. They should trust the reports they get from their staff already on the ground.

  7. January 16, 2010 at 10:00

    only way haiti will be saved of this natural disaster is when the united nations make aware its member countries that “we are a part of a piece and piece of a whole”?thus the whole world as one help out haitians to rise from its devastation.

  8. 11 TomK in Mpls
    January 16, 2010 at 18:27

    True to your beginnings. Still essential to some.

  9. January 16, 2010 at 20:24

    may Allah support them in this time of grief. our prayers are with them.

  10. 14 Touqeer Chishty (Pakistan)
    January 17, 2010 at 07:47

    we all are with the people of Haiti at this sad moment, our prayers are with them God Bless you, RIP for those who lost life in this natural disastrous

  11. January 17, 2010 at 09:50

    i think that s a very good and beneficial plan. in this regard we should try to raise the moral level of the victims also.their financial help and stability is important butto encourage themon their on feet is more important

  12. 16 Uneza
    January 17, 2010 at 15:09

    It’s a distressing tragedy; I hope all the afflicted are compensated and that this catastrophe brings unity among the inhabitants of earth to help their afflicted fellows. @ Patrick, I’ve just heard today on al Jazeera, abt the aid sent by Qatar to Haiti.

  13. January 17, 2010 at 19:06

    May the world take notice of the lack of help the from the ARAB countries in Hatie

  14. 18 Tahreem Nasir
    January 17, 2010 at 20:55

    MR.Patrick Warner, This isnt a war of religion that you have passed such a comment “So why have they not acted In The Name of Allah (God) The Most Compassionate The Most Merciful?”
    Even many Muslim Nations at present are facing alot of problems throughout the world, but they are not being aided.One of the reasons could be that the Western Nations are much more developed ,powerful and resourceful to supply and provide the aid to such countries whereas the Muslim countries unfortunately lack all such resources.

    We are glad that BBC World Service is making us more aware of the current situatuions in Haiti and we do hope that everyone around the globe do support Haiti at this difficult time.

  15. 19 eSCe
    January 18, 2010 at 08:26

    With US taking the lead role in rescue efforts , it will become another Katrina. No need for elaborations. The UN should have appointed that horrible country China to be in charge. They have a good track record in disaster relief management. Cuba is also as good. The US should worked under them.

  16. January 18, 2010 at 13:43

    January 18, 2010 at 09:38
    In most of the coverage I am hearing it seems there is a lot of anger against the countries offering aid. When it comes to the collapse of the UN HQ in Haiti, could it be that the building code used was not of the earthquake resistant standard,. If not why not. Could it be corrupt granting of contract to unscruplous contractors. Cost rather than quality is often the way contracts are chosen. This makes foriegn governments and organisations such as the UN complicit in corruption. I have seen corrupt practices first hand at the UNHQ in Nairobi. When I hear Haitians in North America asking what kind of medical aid is beng given to the victims, do they not know the answer to that???? NONE as corruption is rampant. After 200 years of independence from the opressor colonialist, is this all THEIR UNGOVERMENT can offer them. Please stop directing anger towards the donors and get in touch with the reality that the Haitan goverment is responsible for the lack of access due to the lack of infrastructure. ALSO not all of Haiti was destroyed by this earthquake; does the rest of the island have nothing they can offer, such as the minimum clean water and a bandage. LASTLY maybe this can event empower Haitians to get up and voice their anger non violently to effect a change. When one person in a system changes the system changes. That it is fact, that Haiti has had dictators since it independence does not mean that it cannot be a democracy. PEOPLE OF HAITI TAKE COURAGE Bernadette Nairobi

  17. 21 patti in cape coral
    January 18, 2010 at 15:46

    On the reports I have heard, the Hatian people are angry with their own government first and foremost (and I think justifiably so), but I don’t think now is the time for that, they can deal with that later, they need to concentrate on survival and cooperation now.

  18. 22 Tom
    January 19, 2010 at 03:04


    Once again the UN and NGO’s in Haiti do not earn their huge salaries.. For every $1 given only a fractions gets to the people who need it… Haiti is not a war zone it is simply a ridiculous excuse for the UN and NGO’s to do nothing… business as usual..

    Funny how everyone tells the US to mind their own business until disasters like Haiti happen then they do very little or nothing and expect the US to do it all..

  19. 23 wajeeha nasir
    January 19, 2010 at 05:22

    no doubt it is very tragic.but for betterments of hatian people ,all people of global village should stand on one plateform for the sake of unity then improvements can be made more effectively.

  20. 24 Irene in Texas
    January 19, 2010 at 19:42

    Patrick Warner,

    There is a strong anti-arab and anti-Muslim bias in mainstream U.S. media. Open your eyes and read between the lines and try to figure out why that is if you want to be a responsible citizen of the world’s strongest democracy.

  21. 25 Irene in Texas
    January 19, 2010 at 19:45

    I have to wonder what help Hillary Clinton was providing to the earthquake victims who are dying by the thousands for lack of medical supplies. A Medicin sans frontier airplane was denied permission to land, while she was given the opportunity to do some political grandstanding. Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration which she serves are shameless.

  22. 26 B Day
    January 23, 2010 at 12:24

    I’ve neen unemployed in U.S. for over a year. Withoutt full-time employment and No job prospects I have plenty of time on my hands. Obama admin. wants to create jobs. Haiti will be rebuilding for years to come. Could this be a win/win? Ask for a show of hands from extended unemployed. There are millions like me ready to help but without means to travel or lodge. Sure seems like something the U.S. should consider.

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