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Haiti six days later

Haiti remains a place of profound need, anguish, desperation and danger, with a few glimmers of hope and slowly growing capabilities to receive and distribute the international aid now flowing in. Sporadic looting, sometimes violent, was met with force by security oficials and ordinary citizens, resulting in a number of further deaths and injuries. The tenuous security situation has led to at least one temporary evacuation of a medical facility, to protect the care-givers. Despite the long time since the earthquake, at least five people were pulled from the rubble alive this weekend, including a young girl trapped inside a supermarket who was fortunately surrounded by food, and survived on fruit snacks. (38 photos total)

People run toward a U.S. helicopter as it makes a water drop near a country club used as a forward operating base for the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010. Relief groups and officials are focused on moving aid flowing into Haiti to survivors of the powerful earthquake that hit the country on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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592 comments so far...

todo es de una naturaleza indescriptible. como irreal pero espantosa a un mismo tiempo. solo la fuerza y el coraje de estas imagenes nos permite, intuitivamente, hacernos una breve idea.

Posted by miguel angel January 18, 10 10:03 AM

Truly sad, but powerful images

Posted by Ricky January 18, 10 10:04 AM

I'm always surprised other newspapers do not follow your lead and have a simple link with 40 pictures on one page. They always want you to click forty times with an ad on each page.

I will continue to come to this page as it provides the best photo-reportage from any newspaper that I have come across.

Posted by MikeinLondon January 18, 10 10:05 AM

The devastation is awful.
And I sympathise with all those people who have suffered through this tragedy.
But the looting - what animals are we to be so violent - so without any morals. Humans are the scum of the earth. The world will be a far better place when our species becomes extinct.
Dreadful, dreadful stuff.

Posted by Stephen January 18, 10 10:07 AM

o my god!

Posted by Adrian January 18, 10 10:07 AM

# 9 & # 23 was touchin... poor haitians....!!! Mind blowin pictures...!!!

Posted by Bala January 18, 10 10:08 AM

Es una lastima lo que sucede en ese pais, esperemos que los paises y ricos y las personas con más dinero en el mundo... puedan prestar la ayuda neceseria para recomponer el alma de este pueblo...
Gracias Boston por mostrarnos la crudeza de lo que esta ocuriendo a nuestros hermanos...
Sólo nos queda ayudar...
Fuerza y animo..
Marcos desde Chile

Posted by Anonymous January 18, 10 10:11 AM

God have mercy on those left living and may the dead RIP.

Posted by Human_Rights January 18, 10 10:11 AM

This is bad. Haiti don't give up

Posted by omar January 18, 10 10:16 AM

Probably one of the most sad places in recent history.

Posted by Roberto January 18, 10 10:16 AM

Fuerza a los hermanos Haitianos, ojala que el mundo con más recursos se conmueva y pueda aportar recursos economicos necesarios para recuperar el alma de este pueblo.
Sólo nos queda ayudar en lo que más podamos.

Posted by Marcos González Durán January 18, 10 10:17 AM

Mother Nature makes Man the animal...Things literally start over when civilization ends

Posted by Kshitij Shah January 18, 10 10:18 AM

Heartbreaking =( I just wish the people would stop the violence with looting and causing more problems. I can understand the need and what they are facing but to turn against each other when they need to be working together to survive only makes it so much worse.

Posted by lisa January 18, 10 10:19 AM

Just make me cry,

What can we do ... ?

Posted by mimilie January 18, 10 10:19 AM

Very sad, people need to help them.

Posted by Jack Lucky January 18, 10 10:20 AM

the first looter died already and the other looter trying to steel the bag from a looter. what kind of madness is this?

Posted by ss100 January 18, 10 10:20 AM


Posted by newyorkboy January 18, 10 10:20 AM

Picture 37 shows how not to do a distribution - done in this way, only the strong people benefit.

Posted by Bernard Ludowig January 18, 10 10:20 AM

I don't usually contribute to disaster relief, but I had to donate for this one.
Wow. Such devastation. If you haven't contributed, please consider doing so.

In the UK :

Posted by Adrian Parker January 18, 10 10:22 AM

oh god!

Posted by dipankar January 18, 10 10:24 AM

If your child was starving, you'd probably loot too. Although why people are stealing non food items could probably be explained by the total poverty - anything is valuable when you have nothing. It made me angry for a moment, then terribly terribly sad.

Posted by stephanie January 18, 10 10:25 AM

After watching pictures 14, 15, 16 tears just came out of nowhere. Something as simple as running water brought tears to my eye.

Once again the black community is left to suffer suffer suffer. Help Please.

I.m from a small country named Antigua and even though we dont have much to offer we are sending what we can. Please Help.

Posted by Michael from Antigua January 18, 10 10:36 AM

number 31 : stealing a coffin....with a body already in it. that's a new low.

Posted by JM January 18, 10 10:59 AM

Watch this. Would you call that a peace mission to bring democracy? Nobody talked much about shooting people i Haiti, that it is bad. This earthquake, i think, is just another chance for big players (i am talking about countries) to evolve their power and authority. But i'm not saying that we shouldn't help!!

Posted by X January 18, 10 11:00 AM

One thing I like about your blog is that fact that you post graphic images. I think every single news organization (TV or print) should not opt out of showing those types of photos, mainly because it subdues the true horror when all you see is soldiers giving food to the people. The public needs to be very aware of the extent of the devastation in Haiti, and in every other war-torn or disaster ridden place.

Posted by Dan January 18, 10 11:02 AM

Calling what is happening here "looting" is disgraceful. I agree with Stephanie - if my family were starving, I would be taking food from wherever I could find it. Are they supposed to wait until the cashier comes back to sell it to them?

Posted by Emily January 18, 10 11:02 AM

Corruption in government has many forms and they range from outright theft to collapsing bridges in Minnesota to devastated countries. Money stolen from infrastructure should be a capital offense due to lives being on the line.

Posted by rulesguy January 18, 10 11:04 AM

Who are we to judge as we sit comfortably behind our iPhones or computers, sipping our Starbucks in the lap of luxury compared to all of those people???

I hate that we are calling these people "looters". Most of them are SURVIVORS!

Posted by Jackie January 18, 10 11:11 AM

The devastation is massive. Next immediate danger ? Looting. I pray for those who have stuff, but don't have guns - and if the quake didn't kill them then, other people just might kill them now.
Simple human nature, proving humans are just animals tryin' to survive at any cost. Enjoying your coffee at your favourite cafe, on a leather couch, listening to nice music ? Try enjoying running water and not being shot for your boots, gasoline or cellphone. While it lasts. Because history shows this always happened and always will happen whenever and wherever major crisis strikes, Haiti, New York, New Orleans, Africa or Europe. It just doesn't matter.

Posted by Andreas January 18, 10 11:18 AM

I just started crying. I couldn't help it. I have friends that were down there before the earthquake and are still there helping people.

Posted by Kari January 18, 10 11:20 AM

me gustaría tener quizas la tercera parte del porder de Dios para calmar a mis hermanos haitianos...que dolor siento.

Posted by Carlos January 18, 10 11:23 AM

is just awfoull seeing this, even more sad is to see how insted of helping each other the Haitians evoque on a predator's nature.... i think military action needs to take place.

from DR.

Posted by jorge January 18, 10 11:26 AM

Esas Imagenes siguen siendo desgarradoras y lo seguiran siendo por mucho tiempo, que Dios les de a ese pueblo el consuelo y la esperanza que ese martes 12 de enero del 2010 perdieron

Posted by Yhasmiris Ferreira January 18, 10 11:29 AM

I am not going to say nothing, just to pray for them. I am already sick myself.

Posted by Luz Riveraa January 18, 10 11:29 AM

Para que diablos quieres una pelota en medio del desastre. Que Dios los ayude a todos

Posted by Edgar January 18, 10 11:30 AM

I sympathize with the looters in these pictures, they have no food and are fighting for their friends and family who cannot fight.

Posted by Avery January 18, 10 11:31 AM

So horrible...
#12 gave me creeps like few other images ever have...

Posted by Stefan January 18, 10 11:34 AM

It is sad how international press won't give credit to the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Without DOMINICANS help, all HAITI would be dead by now.

What a shame... we are giving more than 100,000 rations of food daily and water besides clothing and medicine, way before anyone helped them.

And all this , all the help that we are giving , we alone can't keep up, cuz we are also a poor country..

Posted by Sad Dominican January 18, 10 11:36 AM

OmG thats oWfull... pretty sad* se siente bastante trizte observar toda sta tragediia... stamos contigo haiiti..

Posted by Candy January 18, 10 11:39 AM

People are looting because they are hungry and thirsty. I heard yesterday 70,000 bottles of water were delivered. 7,000,000 would be more like it.

Posted by pat yacovelli January 18, 10 11:41 AM

This is terribly sad.

Posted by Denny January 18, 10 11:45 AM


Posted by JUAN RAFAEL ALBERTO January 18, 10 11:47 AM

#36 where are these people on the boat being taken ???????

Posted by BD January 18, 10 12:02 PM

I was wondering about the Dominican and glad you wrote Sad Dominican. How could one neighbor not help another even if you have big differences. This is where faith in God comes in, I knew in my heart you were helping the poor Haitians. God bless you!

Posted by Jan January 18, 10 12:03 PM

Why do you need to show the misery of our people like that? Never in a european country,even for the world trade center, medias shows tragical pictures like that! NEVER!!!
We don't need compassion,cause we knew misery long time before this earth quake. The same countries who want to help us today were the same who made oppresure,drugs,corruption in our country! So,stop the hypocrisie please!!!

Posted by dada January 18, 10 12:06 PM

Sad to see the desperation that people have been reduced to. Like the man stealing the coffin. Is there a God....I don't think so.

Posted by Mark January 18, 10 12:21 PM

I think they are on the boat for safety. I saw the same picture elsewhere and they had all just climbed aboard. Perhaps safer there than on the streets.

I can totally understand looking for food...but the "good" in many of the photos is not food. One looked like plastic balls (toys)...and a coffin??? Why on earth???

Posted by T2 January 18, 10 12:21 PM

So unbelievably tragic, such powerful images.

Posted by Dorri Olds January 18, 10 12:34 PM

Please give, we have so much here in the U.S.

Posted by Lori January 18, 10 12:37 PM

Creo que es una de las mejores y más sobrecogedoras galerías que les he visto en varios meses. Un fuerte abrazo al pueblo de Haití

Posted by Francisco Álvarez January 18, 10 12:45 PM

we gotta think about it as a part of this world...
what can we do? what have we learnt??
its too hard to see whats happening to my sisters and brothers
just do donation and keep praying?? ahhh...

Posted by Ai January 18, 10 12:48 PM

I understand that all of the $10 donated through cell phones will take 3 months to reach Haiti. My God, use the real relief agencies for donations, people!

Posted by Larry J Edwards January 18, 10 12:57 PM

En realidad estas imagenes duelen, que injusta es esta vida mientras otros tienen riquezas y les sobra de todo, a esta gente les hace falta de todo. Ayudemoslo como sea.

In reality these images are painful, that wrong is this life while others have their abundance of riches and all these people all they need. Let us help somehow.

Desde Temuco, Chile.

Posted by Patricio Gonzalez Leal January 18, 10 12:59 PM

Thank you sir, for putting these together. Stunning look at the aftermath.

Posted by Evan Travers January 18, 10 01:12 PM

Why do you focus so much on looting rather than showing the Haitian doctors and ordinary people who are working nonstop to help the victims?

Posted by Pam January 18, 10 01:18 PM

cannot do more than watching those pictures and donating...wish i could fly over and help with my bare hands.

Posted by ingo January 18, 10 01:25 PM

You can't blame people for looting---They've got no other choice. Things may appear "low" but if you are desperate, what else can you do?

If you want to donate, consider the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund:

Posted by spyra January 18, 10 01:30 PM


Posted by T January 18, 10 01:32 PM

Why did I click on the picture of the mass grave. I should have only imagined, for it is much worse and I can't take it.

Posted by Happyhome09 January 18, 10 01:34 PM

I am at a loss for words...donated to the RedCross by texting HAITI to 90999, but I wish I could go there in person and help anyone that I could. These people are in utter devastation. You can't expect looting to not happen in a dire situation such as this. God, be with them now. Let their rest be in you.

Posted by AndrewM January 18, 10 01:44 PM

Those pictures are terrible :(. I feel sorry for all the people who died in Haitis earthquake.

Posted by tJ January 18, 10 01:54 PM

@Larry #52: the cellphone companies have responded to that 90-day lagtime concern you bring up, and the $$$ donated via texting is going immediately to the Red Cross et al.

Posted by Stanley Krute January 18, 10 02:00 PM

واقعا دردناک بود
خداوند کمکشون کنه شاید بتوانند آسیب دیده ها رو نجات بدن

Posted by سید مجتبی January 18, 10 02:05 PM

Dios bendiga a quienes están ayudando directamente al pueblo de Haití, les de la fuerza y el coraje para sostener a quienes sufren y sean capaces de transmitirnos lo que es "SER HUMANO".. dar el todo por el prógimo. Gracias a todos quienes están presente en este país devastado.

Posted by Marcela Ojeda January 18, 10 02:11 PM

it's time to France pay for the disaster they left behind

Posted by Roor January 18, 10 02:14 PM

Amazing pictures. My heart breaks for these people. And yes the looting is aweful, but how can we place judgement on these people? Who is to say you would not do the same to save your loved ones. May those who have died rest in peace, and those who survived find comfort, and strength.

Posted by ElizabethJ January 18, 10 02:20 PM

Those pictures are terrible :(. I feel sorry for all the people who died in Haitis earthquake.
same guys , oh god and ooh people help'em

Posted by leticiafelix January 18, 10 02:44 PM

I think any store or business that could have food or water *should* be looted. If it can save even a life, what good comes from having those things not used in a time like this? The images suggest that anyone caught taking anything is subject to being shot, beaten and set aflame...

Thanks - your photos are the best on the web and lend real perspective although, there really needs to be more media coverage (and clearly aid) in the surrounding areas - early word is that there is as much devastation in all the surrounding towns and villages outside Port-au-Prince as in the city.

Posted by TorontoJosh January 18, 10 02:45 PM

My sisters and I are donating all income from our blog from the month of January to relief for Haitians. We encourage other bloggers to do the same!

Posted by Erica January 18, 10 02:46 PM

We are so blessed to live where we are, and that we have the many numerous provisions we do in the United States. We need to learn to stop, breathe the fresh air, and give to those around us.

You never know when you may never have another chance.

Don't wait for tomorrow.

Posted by alyssa January 18, 10 02:46 PM

Es imposible concebir tanto sufrimiento para un solo pueblo. Es tan dificil ver esas imágines y sentir que estamos lejos de poder dar solucíón a tantas necesidades... tan sólo quisiera que existieran más vías para entregar un mejor futuro a esos niños, pues no sólo el golpe de la naturaleza ha sido cruel y devastador, sino además, la catástrofe y la desesperación logran sacar, aveces, lo peor del hombre... esos niños necesitan ser rescatados.

Posted by Susana January 18, 10 02:49 PM

These pictures are soo sad..When I clicked on the picture of the mass graves and the body on fire I didn't expect it.

So sad

Donate anything you can to help

Posted by Bill January 18, 10 02:51 PM

Pictures # 5, 9, 11,15, 19, 22, 24, 36 and 37 are just staggeringly overwhelming. Regarding the picture # 36 is the 64,000 question: Where do they go? Permanent? Do we rebuild Haiti or disband the country? this is a critical time to see how the world, and most importantly the US will react in the future. i trust Obama will handle situations like this better than Bush handled Katrina.

Posted by Brad January 18, 10 02:53 PM

#31 is soo disturbing

Posted by Gerome January 18, 10 02:57 PM

'I sympathize with the looters in these pictures, they have no food and are fighting for their friends and family who cannot fight.'

You mean their friends and family that can't fight because they are buried under rubble, and instead of helping anyone they are just helping themselves as usual?

Posted by Tony January 18, 10 02:57 PM

@ Larry J Edwards - who said "I understand that all of the $10 donated through cell phones will take 3 months to reach Haiti. My God, use the real relief agencies for donations, people!"

The people and country of Haiti are going to be needing help for years to get out of this disaster. I'm in Peru, and it's unbelievable how far we still need to go to recover from the earthquake we suffered back in Aug '07. Additionally, even though these donations may take longer to get where they need to go, they are enabling scores of people who never donated before an easy way to do it, so in the end it is only a good thing.

Finally - my heart simply aches for the people suffering through this earthquake and it's aftermath. Please everyone - do whatever you can to help, even if it's just a dollar. If you have a PayPal account, you can donate directly through a link on your account page. Please - do something.

Posted by Kelly de Borda January 18, 10 02:58 PM

The looting is not looting, really, it's just their fight for survival. Let their souls RIP, and hope families all over Haiti can hold out until more help arrives. My heart goes out to them all. We sometimes just don't know how lucky we are.

Posted by Danny B January 18, 10 03:00 PM

Amazing photos, hard to imagine that such suffering is possible. I hope that the situation on the ground doesn't spiral out of control and give the military the excuse to completely militarize the aid. Haiti's condition to deal with this disaster is a result of the sad legacy of her exploitation over the past 500 years: In Case You Missed It

Posted by nahummer January 18, 10 03:03 PM

These pictures say more than 1000 words!
I hope these people will be helped.

Posted by Benjamin Gräbnitz January 18, 10 03:13 PM

Can we stop using the word "loot"? What are they supposed to do? Wait for the cashier to come back so they can properly pay? You can't loot an area that has been completely destroyed. These people are just trying to survive. You and I would do the same thing if we were in their position.

Posted by Laura January 18, 10 03:15 PM

Haití es sólo una muestra de lo que es la Humanidad cuando la desesperación, el hambre, la tristeza y la ira convergen en un mismo punto.

Posted by Jose Antonio January 18, 10 03:18 PM

I consider myself a strong person, in terms of staring at images, but #25 (which appropriately carries a disclaimer-thanks) got to me. My deepest prayers and sympathies to the victims. I did the Red Cross text, but looking at the pics, there's so much more I wish I could do.

Posted by BG January 18, 10 03:18 PM

Truly tragic on the moon (in how many days)countless troops all over the world and yet six days on vital food water supplies not yet distributed amongst the MOST Haiti..!!!

Posted by FATFARMEH-BOSS January 18, 10 03:19 PM

YO! that little boy in the red shirt is scary!!! and the man behind the gate!!! scary!! the rest are just sad and disturbing .. the baby with the bandage on his head, his face scrapped up .. smh heartbreaking ...

Posted by kali January 18, 10 03:21 PM

I hope the media exposure to the child slavery will bring a positive out of this massive negative.

Posted by MF January 18, 10 03:23 PM

@dada, youre wrong they did so publish graphic pictures of the World Trade center, bodies falling from the buildings after people jumped to their death .. And did you not see what they showed of Katrina? How about pictures you can easily google of beaten, burned, and hanged black people in the south.

Posted by Kali January 18, 10 03:24 PM

Ok God we get it. We as humans cant take these images. Please I'm begging the world community is begging you to stop this now. I cant take it! I cant stand it! And no amount of money I gave or will give is going to make this situation in Haiti better. It will stop, It will cease when you come. Please come and save these people. Please, please, please stop this mass killings of human beings. This is just heartbreaking!

Posted by Erica January 18, 10 03:29 PM

I feel for the people of Haiti however there are a multitude of immoral behavior there. Stealing food supplies to sell to those who are starving and the picture of the man taking a man's coffin to sell it -not even respect for the dead. Reports of lawlessness in Haiti and I'm fearful of the sexual exploitation of the women of Haiti.
There needs to be temporary martial law with some of the ground troops keeping order.

Posted by Scott G January 18, 10 03:30 PM

OMG this is so sad, in Mexico we still have in our memories the horror of things like this, but even in the darkest hour the light may shine...Help and hope for our brothers and sisters.

Posted by Arwen January 18, 10 03:33 PM

I am also shocked and very sad about all these poor people of Haiti - but in the long run I hope very much for new structures in this country, which enable everyone to lead a good live with growing hopes and strength !

These powerful people will find a new way - I am sure and I will pray for them.

Posted by Conrad January 18, 10 03:34 PM

I wonder whether the number of photographs of looters and other people behaving badly is proportional to those kinds of acts in reality?

Posted by Robert Wade January 18, 10 03:35 PM

Looting? No, thats what I call trying to survive. I know if I was in that kind of situation, I would be right with them trying to find food, water, or anything to survive and help friends and family survive. Keep these people in your thoughts and prayers and donate!!

Posted by Mel January 18, 10 03:35 PM

What amazing images. Powerful work.

Posted by Dennis January 18, 10 03:37 PM

Francia y los Estados Unidos, son los verdaderos culpables del sufrimiento causado en este lugar del mundo, es realmente trágico todo lo que ha pasado durante casi toda la historia de Haití, yo no soy un creyente de dios, pero creo en lo que los hombres somos capaces de hacer.
Esperemos que alguna vez en la historia de la Humanidad lleguemos a ser realmente "Humanos".
Mi más sincero apoyo a todos aquellos que trabajan por los otros sin pedir nada a cambio.

Alonso Gopegui.
Puerto Montt, Chile.

Posted by Alonso Francisco Gopegui Pedrol January 18, 10 03:37 PM

oh maan! Why is this even happening . amazing pictures. but omg!! this is awful and im pretty sure this is not suppose to be this way! :(

Posted by fatmam January 18, 10 03:39 PM

#31 is a casket, not a coffin.

Posted by Daniel January 18, 10 03:40 PM

Unbelievable. And Yahoo has the best and worst dressed at the Golden Globes on their home page. Really?

Posted by J January 18, 10 03:41 PM

is das grausam was dort passiert! Erinnert mich an Massengräber der Juden im 2.Weltkrieg ...weggeworfen und gestapelt! Wie kann das nur so unkontrolliert und dermaßen würdelos dort ablaufen!Ich bin mehr als geschockt!

Posted by Sabrina January 18, 10 03:43 PM

My heart breaks...I can't remember a time being so moved by human tragedy. I continue to pray for the Haitians and the humanatarian workers there. I'm not condoning looters by any means, however these are desparate people in a most desparate situation that I don't think we could even imagine. I don't think this is a time to judge.

Posted by Joan M January 18, 10 03:47 PM

As many others, simply three words
Rest in Peace

Posted by miss_nocturne January 18, 10 03:52 PM

Ay dios..dios..faltas las palabras...que desgracias....
mein Herz zerbricht vor Schmerz den diese Menschen tragen müssen ,

Posted by Dajana January 18, 10 03:53 PM

Angry Haitians are blocking roads with bodies to protest the delay in emergency aid? Are you effing serious? The WORLD sends tons of money, supplies, and people and they're throwing a temper tantrum that it's not instantaneous relief and make it harder to help them? Way to make a crappy situation worse and f*ck over your own country. Idiots. I'm not giving them money just so they can sabatoge the efforts.

Haiti, honestly, was a mess before the earthquake despite consistent international aid while the DR, which shares the island, has improved dramatically. Certain cultures simply resist improvement and development. I just really hope this unfortunate disaster will teach them that they have to learn to help themselves before anything we throw at them will do lasting good. And if it doesn't, well, we're just going to waste billions of dollars rebuilding a country that will just collapse again.

Posted by G January 18, 10 03:56 PM


How can you pray after this?

Posted by Evariste January 18, 10 03:57 PM

These images reflect sincere efforts to document - not simply frame, convince or even interpret - but to show what is actually happening. Thank you for doing your job as journalists. Moralism is not necessary or even useful right now. This is what it is, and what Haitians will leave behind once some sense of a new and more humane order is established. For those of you with much to say, just thank god you don't have to make these choices. Make an effort to change the conditions so nobody else, including Haitians, have to make them either.

Posted by Long Bench January 18, 10 04:00 PM

Unreal i feel so bad,but just goes to show one day things are fine then something like this can happen at anytime..

Posted by chris January 18, 10 04:01 PM

Thanks for your work, this is the real journalism, beside what it is politically correct; this really makes you feel and understand better what it is going on there.

Posted by Adrian January 18, 10 04:04 PM

Sin duda la mayor tragedia humana en la historia registrada, proveniente de un desastre natural, horrible, dantesco y al mismo tiempo de una fuerza poderosa para hacernos reflexionar sobre nuestro lugar en la vida y nuestro deber como seres humanos.

Without doubt the greatest human tragedy in recorded history, from a natural disaster, horrible, gruesome and yet a powerful force to make us reflect on our place in life and our duty as human beings.

Our sympathies from Mexico City...

Posted by Eduardo Lòpez January 18, 10 04:04 PM

Giving any kind of aid to Haitians is just plain wrong. They have been stuffed with humanitarian aid for so long that they can no longer take care of themselves and are corrupt to the bone. Their income inequality is one of the largest in the whole world!

I do sympathise with Haitians and that is why I ask everyone to stop donating them anything. This is the perfect opportunity for Haiti to start taking care of its own people on its own and while doing so, build a better society for every Haitian out there..

Posted by OJR January 18, 10 04:07 PM

It's like watching a bunch of animals!!

Posted by Holly Sanders January 18, 10 04:10 PM

May the Lord be with them.

R.I.P To any Family Members lost in the Tragidy.

Posted by Matthew Owitz January 18, 10 04:14 PM

Haiti has needed so much help for so many years, it makes me sad to see this happen for them to get the help they are getting now. These poor people it hurts my heart so much. Terrible, I know God has a better plan for them and I want to thank Him right now. People please think outside yourselves and give whatever you can and pray, believe and keep hope alive in Jesus name. Amen

Posted by Joanne Fernandes January 18, 10 04:17 PM

I read this today:
Why the US Owes Haiti Billions: The Briefest History

Posted by Arthur January 18, 10 04:18 PM

I feel terrible. I'm only 13, and if I could go to Haiti and help all of them, i would. I swear. no matter how terrible it was there, i'd help.

Posted by AshleyOliva January 18, 10 04:20 PM

cant believe they dont have sympathy for their own people. man stealing coffin . sad sad.

Posted by Sarwar m January 18, 10 04:22 PM

How powerful a picture can be. and as someone said how easy for us to judge whilst we sit in warmth and surrounded by luxury, I do hope all those who can help them, do help them. Angels please look after and protect this island and all the survivors who have such a great challenge ahead of them. How wonderful that the world can work together, what a shame it takes such a disaster to make happen!

Posted by Mac January 18, 10 04:26 PM

The picked where the guy is stealing the coffin from the dead guy is probably the most messed up one. Crazy times.

Posted by Lumberjack Nick January 18, 10 04:26 PM

Start a reconstruction now! Other countries should help on that! Or they'll turn to like Africa! (God that never happen)

Posted by Hope January 18, 10 04:30 PM

it is hard to call it "looting" when the population that had so little infrastructure & supplies BEFORE the earthquake has had to endure 6 days with no food, water, medical aid, shelter, the emotional wreckage of losing so many loved ones, the stench of rotting bodies all around them... these aren't (necessarily) thugs... these are supremely desperate people whose survival is in no way guaranteed even if they escaped death in the earthquake ... I wish we could mobilize the aid 1000 times faster...

Posted by AG January 18, 10 04:31 PM

A week since this tragic event and I'm numb as the first day it happened.
As a Haitian seeing my country in this state is devastating and as a human being it's just simply heartbroken!
I welcome those who do not know or support an organization to visit
Their hospital is the only one well equipped and aid are coming in from private donors to take care of patience.
This hospital is the only pediatric hospital in the entire island, built by Italians and funded by many around the world.
I'm a volunteer living in Italy and I'm devastated by not knowing the faith of many children that in the past came to Italy to be cured.
I pray and hope many of you will continue to help Haiti to recover.

Posted by barbara January 18, 10 04:36 PM

Qué golpe de realidad.
Es verdaderamente triste lo que sucede en Hatí, pero creo que hay un aprendizaje: muchos países, como Estados Unidos, Rusia, México, Francia e Inglaterra, entre otros, se han unido por una causa, trabajan en conjunto por un mismo objetivo y con esto se demuestra que sí se puede.
Así deberíamos unirnos para terminar con las guerras, con los conflictos, ha quedado demostrado pues que, a pesar de las diferencias políticas, territoriales, problemas migratorios y barreras de lenguaje, el mundo sí es capaz de unirse y convivir en paz por un bien común.

Posted by Benjamin Ortega (México) January 18, 10 04:38 PM

This kind of thing gets played out EVERY TIME a disaster strikes. Both the good and the bad. It just irritates me that people have the audacity to criticize what the American military is doing to help. My husband is one of the thousands over there doing everything he can for another country. He's away from his home and his family. He's a selfless person as is ALL of our military personnel. They do a largely thankless job. That's fine. My husband knows he's my hero. He knows how proud I am of him. He knows I'm proud to be an American. I don't care what anyone thinks. I know first hand the sacrifices he and thousands like him make each and every day for our freedom and yours.

Posted by Mary Passer January 18, 10 04:53 PM

This is sad.... :(

Posted by Dhruv January 18, 10 04:53 PM

Thank you for sharing these images. They've moved me to donate what I can to help those suffering in Haiti.

Posted by Dave January 18, 10 04:53 PM

este incredibil ceea ce se intampla in lume,in anul 2010.sant consternat sa vad cum se arunca din elicopter diverse ajutoare pt victimele cutremurului din Haiti iar ceei de jos sa ajunga sa se omoare pt o bucata de paine,pt un bidon de apa sau pt o patura,e putea face mai mult.Dunezeu sa-i ierte pe cei ce au murit in timpul cutremurului.

Posted by martini richart cristi January 18, 10 05:04 PM

this is just unbelievable what happend there... the pictures show you really how bad and horrible it is in Haïti.

To everybody who reads this: Please support the Haitian people and give some money the Red Cross or any other orginisation who is helping in Haïti.
Thank you!

Don't give up Haïti

Posted by Dirk from The Netherlands January 18, 10 05:05 PM

The lucky ones died instantly, it is turning into hell on earth now for those who survived... When will the suffering end?

Posted by Joel Jambon January 18, 10 05:05 PM

Que Dios se apiade de los sobrevivientes

Posted by Oscar January 18, 10 05:09 PM


no one is "blocking roads" with bodies. I believe they are lining the roads, so the bodies can be seen and picked up.

Also it REALLY pisses me off how everyone keeps referring to people taking supplies as "looting". No food or running water for six days and no in-country rescue services? People aren't looting, they are scavenging.

Posted by red January 18, 10 05:11 PM

Oh Father, somehow get glory out of this. Some how be lifted high, Lord Jesus. Oh Abba...

Posted by elise January 18, 10 05:13 PM

Who'd think that we would be seeing such bodypits in high resolution colour photographs? It feels like this stuff belonged in the last century - however, considering the death toll and the local climate, some part of me understands the need for desperate measures.

Awfully sad.

Posted by Lars January 18, 10 05:15 PM

Hi Alan, you're picture blog is my favorite way to get the news. Thank you, God bless you and your work.

Posted by Gaurav January 18, 10 05:23 PM

Those photos are one of the most terrible I've ever seen.

Posted by Angar January 18, 10 05:24 PM

A que grado somos seres humanos, qué tiene que pasar para humanizarnos en la desgracia.

Posted by José Luis Sánchez January 18, 10 05:31 PM

I was very upset to hear about the poor mother and child, and the mother could not comfort her child as the doctors amputated the little child's hand without any pain relief. After watching the people of Haiti singing and praying to God, I was humbled and inspired by them. I am donating, but I hope as much relief can get there as quick as possible. I think funds should be given to islands close by, so they can take in and nurse the injured .

All I can do is donate and pray.

Posted by Yemi January 18, 10 05:38 PM

God really tried to get rid of them this time.

Posted by Joe January 18, 10 05:41 PM

"I feel for the people of Haiti however there are a multitude of immoral behavior there. Stealing food supplies to sell to those who are starving and the picture of the man taking a man's coffin to sell it -not even respect for the dead."

You honestly believe that people are 'selling' the food they steal? You think? I'm pretty sure they're going to either A) Keep it for later or B) Eat it. I mean, you think they would go to all that effort for money? MONEY cannot sustain you in those situations. Be logical.

As for "selling" the coffin, I'm pretty sure he's using it to bury his own loved one. Like I said, in those types of situations, money isn't worth very much. And, as awful as it sounds, the dead are already DEAD. When you are in a disaster, respect for the dead is second to SURVIVING yourself.

I think it's funny how people think, "Oh, how awful these people are being to one another!" If your children are starving, and half your family is dead, you're insane if you think you would act in a more 'respectable' way. People want to LIVE. If you're faced with 'looting' a store, or saving your family, you're damn right you would do the same thing. It becomes survival of the fittest.

"There needs to be temporary martial law with some of the ground troops keeping order."

I agree with this, but good luck trying to organize that in a country where there was very few institutions in place before an massive earthquake destroyed all it's infrastructure. To be completely blunt, I'm shocked to see that the police officers are still trying to maintain peace. At this point, I was sure they would have started to give into the chaos as well.

Nevertheless, this is a tragedy. As first-world nations, we have to keep giving money, and putting our money where our mouths are. Make our governments accountable for helping this nation in need, and keep sending our prayers. There's very little else we can do...

Posted by Cass January 18, 10 05:43 PM

@Mary Passer

I'm proud of our military and appreciate the sacrifices your husband is making for our country and for Haiti

Posted by Paul January 18, 10 06:08 PM

Compare this with what happened in Sichuan, China, May 2008, it is so sad and pathetic. Democracy, Capitalism, International supervision, Free of individual firearm ownership. What a living hell.

Wish the best for all the people in Haiti, and may all departed R.I.P.

Posted by bingo January 18, 10 06:10 PM

Looting ALWAYS happens after mass disasters. People can be patient just so long when there is no food or fresh water. Then they must take drastic measures to fend for themselves and their loved ones. Haiti is no different in this regard than any other nation.

Posted by Michele January 18, 10 06:25 PM

Come on people! The sad situation is that nobody (and here I mean other countries' governments, think USA) gives a f**k about Haiti's problem because there's no OIL there. It's crude, simple and cynical mathematics.

Posted by RecklessTypist January 18, 10 06:26 PM

A terrible catastrophe that could
happen "anywhere"!

Posted by jim January 18, 10 06:37 PM

I wish the Canadian troops in Afghanistan could be pulled from there to help reconstruct Haiti.

Posted by Rob January 18, 10 06:39 PM

I, or anybody for that matter, don't know why things like this happen but it's not because there is no God or because God doesn't love us. This happened for a reason and we aren't supposed to understand God's reasoning for everything. So don't say there is no God. I cringed when I read that in the comments. Please pray for these people, because there is a God and He's listening.

Posted by Ann January 18, 10 06:44 PM


Posted by sixtus January 18, 10 06:47 PM

Please watch how you are referring to the people of Haiti during this time of need and survival. The term "looter" is a negative term put out there by people who want to believe that these survivors are doing a terrible thing. And why? What is it that is so wrong about these people of Haiti finding food and water in a destroyed grocery store? Tell me please. What is it that makes the survivors "looters"? In a time of need is it not the survival of the fittest that makes man survive? Put yourself in the position of the Haitians and truly think what you would do. Would you scramble into a flooded or burned up grocery store to feed your only surviving child? Would you do it with a gun pointed at your back and a camouflaged government official screaming "looter" at you? Take a look at that picture with the man lying on his back, shot in the head. This man survived the catastrophic event displayed by mother nature, only to be shot down by a fellow surviving Haitian. Think about what you're really saying when you call these people "looters".

Posted by Laurita January 18, 10 06:52 PM

If there is a silver lining to this awful tragedy, it is that the world's attention is now fixed on Haiti, and perhaps, finally, there will be some sustained and useful development for the poorest country in the Western hemisphere.

Remember, both Germany and Japan arose from the ashes of WWII to become economic powerhouses. Once the Haitians clear away the rubble and mourn their dead, they have an opportunity to re-build their country, culture, and institutions to improve their lot in life. Let's hope they do it right.

Posted by Martin Levenson January 18, 10 06:54 PM

I feel so bad for the suffering these poor people are going through. This was already a poverty stricken nation for the most part. What I don't get is why these people and many others in foreign countries keep having child after child after child. There are many people here in the US that would tell you that after a certain amount of children, would love to bring more children into the world, but the cost of raising a family and putting children through college, or just alone feeding and sending them to school is so expensive. In Asia, isn't there some type of law regarding the number of children that you can have.or something of that nature? It's the same over in Africa, Ethiopia after the last famine, thousands die, we have live aide concerts, band aide, We are the World concerts, etc, and there are mother's over in these foreign places having 8, 9, and 10 children? Stop already after a certain number. You have 4 children, can't even feed them and you go and have 6 more, How the hell are you in the mood all the time, you live in squalor?
As a nation, we can't even take care of our own! We have hundreds of thousands of Americans out of work, Seniors without health care and going without medication, Working Americans that make decisions NOT to have any more children, and these people in foreign countries become our problem, our debt. Yes, let us help them now in their time of trouble, pain, and hunger, but after that, lets teach some birth-control to these foreign nations.

Posted by DEE January 18, 10 06:55 PM

God bless the world

Posted by LAV January 18, 10 07:02 PM

The pictures of the rich and beautiful strutting at the Golden Globes was a nasty juxtaposition to this.

It's sad that the media were probably responding to demand by placing those images above these.

Posted by Shane J January 18, 10 07:05 PM

Creo que esto solamente termnina de confirmar la alta vulnerabilidad de nuestros pueblos, los errores que se cometen en el pasado suelen pagarse caro en el futuro, esto sin duda alguna es consecuencia de la falta de planificacion, una planificacion en manos de aquellos que deben guiar a un pais hacia un mejor futuro. Mi pais ha sufrido mucho por terremotos, y esto ha llevado a que cada dia logremos un poco mas de conciencia, lo que no entiendo es como podemos esperar a que ocurra algo desastroso para tomar conciencia y hacer humanidad... Que la calma y serenidad llegue pronto a Haiti.

Posted by Rolando Bello - El Salvador January 18, 10 07:05 PM

What you call "looters" are a mix of opportunists and those fighting to stay alive. "Looter" is a powerful word, and not to be used casually. Please be careful in how you frame these photos.

Posted by Tim McCormack January 18, 10 07:23 PM

I feel sorry for the children. They are innocent and cannot defend themselves. The adults are desperate but many take advantage of the situation and are not compassionate toward each other. Stealing a casket is undescribably immoral, no matter how desperate the situation becomes - someone probably paid their life savings to bury their loved one respectably. I believe if Haiti is rebuilt, they'll tear it down again for as a people there is no unity. They will only sustain themselves when they finally learn to pull together. May God protect and guide them and may the angels watch over the children.

Posted by May January 18, 10 07:50 PM

they definitely need help.
Pag gutom ka..talagang gagawin mo na lahat..sana naman dumating kagad ang tulong sa kanila.

Posted by elmo January 18, 10 07:53 PM

I wish I could help. Haiti has been through so much over the years and they really didn't need a disaster this bad. Haiti will be in my prayers.

Posted by terry January 18, 10 08:07 PM

I'm 15 (almost 16) and I can't bear seeing these photos. There so sad to look at. People begging for water, I almost feel guilty for drinking water.
If you can give, GIVE. These people need our help. They are just like you and me. ALSO, they are NOT looters. they are trying to stay alive and feed their family. YOU WOULD DO THE SAME.

Pray for Haiti god bless Haiti

Posted by Rachel January 18, 10 08:17 PM

I find it disheartening and disgrace that Singapore, one of the richest countries in the region, has only donated $50,000 in aid to Haiti. I wish I could show these pictures to the government officials and ask them where did their compassion go.

Posted by Tabris Chen January 18, 10 08:22 PM

DIOS MIO DIOS MIO!!!! Por favor ayuda a ese pueblo y dale fortaleza a los q sobrevivieron. Estas imagenes son muy fuertes, no puedo parar de llorar...

Posted by Jessica January 18, 10 08:32 PM

# 22, the photo of the victims in the mass grave, with that couple in the center of the photo with their arms around each other...poignant and heartbreaking

Posted by ryssee January 18, 10 08:43 PM

@DEE- "I feel so bad for the suffering these poor people are going through. This was already a poverty stricken nation for the most part. What I don't get is why these people and many others in foreign countries keep having child after child after child. There are many people here in the US that would tell you that after a certain amount of children, would love to bring more children into the world, but the cost of raising a family and putting children through college, or just alone feeding and sending them to school is so expensive. In Asia, isn't there some type of law regarding the number of children that you can have.or something of that nature? It's the same over in Africa, Ethiopia after the last famine, thousands die, we have live aide concerts, band aide, We are the World concerts, etc, and there are mother's over in these foreign places having 8, 9, and 10 children? Stop already after a certain number. You have 4 children, can't even feed them and you go and have 6 more, How the hell are you in the mood all the time, you live in squalor?"

Many times its not even the woman's choice on weather she has children or not, should she be forced into pregnancy an abortion probably isn't as available or afforable as it is in developed countries. Not to mention the lack of birth control, or even the lack of knowledge of birth control. If the husband brings in the paycheck, but doesn't make enough to buy condoms or support more kids, and demands sex, what's the woman supposed to do? Leave him? How? Most women rely on their husbands financially. They do the best they can with what they have.

While I do certainly agree that poor countries should slow down their fertility rates, its more complicated than telling them not to have more kids. Life is more complicated than that, hence high fertility rates.

And I don't think very many of these women have access to the internet so telling them not to have more kids here isn't helping much ;)

Posted by Spekie January 18, 10 08:50 PM

All of your comments are useless.

Posted by Clarification January 18, 10 09:09 PM

@Holly Sanders

You say it's like watching a bunch of animals, but what if your way of life was completely destroyed by a natural desaster and everything you used to frequent, take wal-mart for instance, gets destroyed and people have no electricity, thus needing generators, and, for the sake of argument, the cops/other help are busy helping homes of people, there is nobody to dictate what's wrong or right, all you know is you and/or your family is running out of food and water, which EVERY animal needs, humans included. This is when fight or flight kicks in, you either survive, or you die in the house that's destroyed remaining 'civil'. If you destroy what you're used to, you're left the same way they are, no better, no worse, that's how the world is, learn to deal with it, or remain ignorant, keep thinking that it's all green grass and sunny skies. I apologize for being so harsh to you, but come on, don't think for a second that this can't happen ANYWHERE in the world, we can't change the weather at a whim yet, so we are at her mercy. Just be thankful it hasn't happened to you yet and donate/pray/do whatever it is you do to cope and help those that need it. I've said my peace, cheers and stay safe, all, from New York.

Posted by Sean Jeager January 18, 10 09:14 PM


Posted by MALU CREEL CHARLES January 18, 10 09:26 PM

I pray for them. I hope that God always with them.Hoppefully we can take advantage of any disaster in the world. Amen..

Posted by Anonymous January 18, 10 09:27 PM

Unfortunately as the world's population increases and climate change flood coastal regions, reduce crop yields and encourage the spread of tropical disease to more northern climes these situations will most likely increase throughout the century.

Posted by linzel January 18, 10 09:37 PM

@DEE: It's not like they keep having babies because they want to. The infant mortality rate is so high in countries like this and Africa, they can pretty much guarantee that up to 50% will be dead before they are grown. Also, they are denied access to birth control if they want US aid from certain programs...a "brilliant" part of Bush's abstinence only programs. If you go and work in these countries (as I and other I know have) the women don't want to have this many babies. But without access to birth control and good pre- and post-natal care, they have little choice.

Posted by EWN January 18, 10 09:40 PM

@ RecklessTypist : You spit in the face of everyone out there doing what they can to help those people. One need only to read the majority of the posts from the past week to know you're wrong. You're an idiot with internet access.

Posted by Matt January 18, 10 09:46 PM

There are no words for how I wish I could help them. I don't think it's fair to call it looting when they are trying to survive, however, pulling a man from a casket is the most bizarre and unusual thing I've ever seen. I do hope we as a country can help and bring Haiti back together. I'm praying for everyone in Haiti or who may have family there.

Posted by Nikki January 18, 10 09:48 PM

Terrible, Terrible, Terrible.. RIP to all those poor souls lost there...And to think, California is only 1 tectonic plate slip away from looking like that if or should i say when the San Andreas goes..

Posted by David Z January 18, 10 09:52 PM

The mass grave reminded me of the Shoah. Each body was someone's mother, father, son, daughter.....I cried.

Posted by Todd January 18, 10 09:56 PM


"it's time to France pay for the disaster they left behind"

200 years ago ? The French left a flourishing island, slavery was abolished. Haiti was the first independent non-colonial Republic.

What about the brutal US slavery-like colonialism 1915-1934 which led to the Duvalier dictatorship ? That's the REAL root of Haiti's problems today. Conveniently forgotten as usual.

Posted by Oldfrog January 18, 10 09:59 PM

I feel bad for the people of Haiti, but the reality is the Earth is an extremely hostile place to live.

Posted by Jeff January 18, 10 10:05 PM

#109 (Holly Sanders) - it's funny, I occasionally get the same impression from reading the comments here...

Posted by Zac January 18, 10 10:10 PM

How can you shoot these looters? They are only trying to survive. Why add another death?

Posted by Katie January 18, 10 10:12 PM

A terrible tragedy in a terribly poor place.

We must pray and help for the Haitian people.

Posted by Julian Otero January 18, 10 10:16 PM

It really is a terrible thing what happened to them, but I tell you one thing, i do not feel sorry for the looters. It would be one thing if they were taking food and water. Tell me what is necessary about taking a bag of bouncy balls like in pic #6? Or looting a man that was just shot by police? How about steeling a coffin from a victim of the earthquake? How can you possibly justify that? It's absolutely ridiculous and undignified.

Posted by Aaron January 18, 10 10:17 PM

Those pics are very real,which gives me a new understanding of life.

Posted by czlucy January 18, 10 10:18 PM

Es absolutamente terrible.
La deshumanizacíon hecha realidad.
Dios ayude que el dinero y la ayuda realmente llegue esta vez a su desino.
Es el caos. la muerte, la destrucción.

Posted by ophra January 18, 10 10:19 PM

Im very proud of what we Americans and our neighbours to the North are doing to aid these people who now have nothing. We must all pray for the kids who are now orphaned, the wives who are widowed and families who have been destroyed. May God bless America for her willingness to lend a helping hand to the ones in need.

Posted by Rohit January 18, 10 10:19 PM

Yes looting and killing is wrong but what are these people supposed to do especially the ones who may have babies at home crying of hunger. God why do you have to be so rough on your own sons and daughters? Why Lord?

Posted by Don Van Bailey January 18, 10 10:25 PM

The photos are great. I was happy to see that the All American 82nd Airborne there to help. These guys were in Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq and I think Afganistan, doing their job. And, in Haiti, they are at it, again. My uncle was in the 82nd in Korea, and at 92 he is still alive, today. I will tell him about the pictures on

Posted by emil lawrence January 18, 10 10:25 PM

Just back from a cruise trip to Caribean and we stopped by Haiti two days after the earthquack, although the cruise ship dropped a lot of relief good and the people on the ship has been generous in openning their pockets, I would have chosen to leave the food on the ship for the Haitian people.. thinking abou the all-you-can-eat buffet on the beach.

Posted by Lin January 18, 10 10:36 PM

How can you not pray after this?

Posted by Allison January 18, 10 10:50 PM

Between Civilization and chaos there are only three meals. That shows how brute is nature but we never realize that as long as we are safe in our confort zone.

Posted by Faisal January 18, 10 10:51 PM

It is one thing to find food in abandoned stores in situations like survive and provide for loved ones.
But I draw the line at the pic of a man removing a dead body out of a coffin for his own needs. How disrespectful is that. A coffin - especially one that is being used will not increase your chances of survival. Pure greed there in my eyes.

I question why the citizens of Haiti are not questioning their governments lack of assistance - why there is zero support from their own backyards.

Posted by IMB January 18, 10 10:53 PM

What happened in Haiti tears my heart apart. However, I believe religion should stay out of this and the focus should be on helping those poor people. Quit asking "God" why this happened and do what you can to help out. Quit blaming the "Devil" for the devastation. Instead, donate money or even go down there and help out. What's more important, a religious debate or peoples' lives?

Posted by DJ Darkness January 18, 10 10:58 PM

Mmmh, not sure to understand why only American help is precisely credited(#9: "U.S. rescue worker Sam Grey, of the Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue" vs. #8: "A Brazilian and Chinese search and rescue team")... Otherwise, very moving and strong pictures indeed, though I would join some comments in suggesting "looting" is in fact just "surviving"!

Posted by Thomas January 18, 10 11:03 PM

The utter is tragic...what would any of us do in that same situation to save ourselves and our families?...much the same I soul hurts for them all...

...and to Aaron of #175...anything that can be used to barter for food and water is what they're doing...anything...

Posted by KSD January 18, 10 11:07 PM

Is this kind of devastating disaster you need complete military lockdown to control the distribution of food and water and other things, no more freedom guys, make sure everyone stays alive, and they will, as long as the relieve process is well organized. Everyone's for themselves in this kind of situation so you can't prevent looting, but if you build large enough camps you can keep people off the streets to ensure no criminal organization arises from the chaos.

I'm glad so many countries offered help and that the US is sending the marines down there which is crucial, their task is to calm the crowd and rebuild the government, this will be a continuous effort. Haiti's future is depending on the international communities' willingness to engage under the pressure of the press and the world watching.

Posted by Eric January 18, 10 11:19 PM

Does no one remember the pictures of New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina? Looting happens after disasters of this scale anywhere in the world, not just in Haiti. Violence and anger and desperation are a part of the aftermath and certainly does not serve as a basis for denying a country aid.

Posted by KED January 18, 10 11:32 PM

My take on the "Looting": If you're grabbing food/water/something to aid in your survival? Under the present circumstances, I can understand it, as long as you're taking it from a derelict business or abandoned house. Taking it from someone else = Thief. Taking a COFFIN? Or (pic. #6) TOY BALLS?! Shoot them on site, NO warning.

Posted by Guy January 18, 10 11:32 PM

Over 9,000 bottles of water! Good to see some /b/rothers helping out with the relief effort.

Posted by Barry L. Role January 18, 10 11:36 PM

Let us be the answer to their prayers and help them anyway we can. This is so sad...

Posted by Joel January 18, 10 11:38 PM

People on that island -Hispanola- live on a knife edge of poverty. A living wage becomes as fine as $2.00 a day. An egg a day keeps a pregnant woman hopefully healthy enough to deliver a new life. The Catholic Church prohibits birth control. The macho crap makes men proud of how many babies they can make. A cleaning, cooking, washing maid can be had for $30/mo. Americans don't have a clue about poverty, nor about desperation. If you haven't donated yet, consider finding a group that deals with limb prosthetics--all those horrible crushing injuries are leading to amputations. Help the best you can.

Posted by Rachel Cowley January 18, 10 11:40 PM


These people are trying to survive. The solution to looting is get in there and distribute the food and supplies, then allow shopkeepers to claim for damages from relief aid later. Shooting people for taking FOOD is barbaric. These are people taking local food supplies because external supplies aren't getting there. A registry of shopkeepers can be set up through TEXT messaging and they can stop killing people who are just trying to survive.

Posted by R. Mullen January 18, 10 11:44 PM

The resiliency of the Haitian people is unremarkable. I'm saddened by their loss. More help needs to get there soon. Everyone is trying to help. Hopefully more survivors can be rescued and the injured treated. They will need help for years to come. Please, keep donating. God bless Haiti.

Posted by CookRuben January 18, 10 11:50 PM

Get them some soothing music, quickly!

Posted by Tony Dollars January 18, 10 11:52 PM

.... utter devastation brought on by Mother Nature is always sad no matter what country it manifests itself in.... I am more apt to donate to places like the Red Cross and other similar organizations before ever donating my money to any government.... it seems organizations can be trusted more than any governments for directing their donations through to the proper channels.... more-so than any politicians ever in office !!

Posted by Hermitbiker January 18, 10 11:52 PM

Que dolorosas imagenes,nadie debiera pasar por algo asi jamas!Mas alla de la desafortunada perdida de miles de vidas,esto debiera servir para que los humanos nos unieramos en pos de un mundo mejor,con derecho a vivir dignamente,con libertad y justicia
Hasta donde hemos llegado?y hasta donde vamos a llegar .Hechos como este nos demuestran que son otros los valores en nuestra vida.Debemos preservar lo mas valioso que tenemos:NUESTRO PLANETA.Hace tiempo que nos esta dando claras señales de agonizacion pero parece que para la mayoria no es IMPORTANTE..Espero que esta enorme perdida nos ayude a reflexionar ,por el bin de la humanidad.Que Dios nos ayude

Posted by VIRGINIA January 19, 10 12:15 AM

I can sense a great painful from people in Haiti through all these photos. Please help them. I'm doing by best to find a way to help. These people need a great help from us.

Posted by Lyda January 19, 10 12:17 AM

I wouldn't send money. There is money available. We have SO much supplies. People are looting and getting desperate because they haven't had water or food in 5 days! If I were in their shoes, I would be upset too. Especially if people who were alive 2 days ago could have been saved but have died for not being reached and treated. America use your common sense and walk to those people in need if u have too. I know you want to be all organized, but this is a life or death situation. Waiting is only going to make things worse.

-From D.C.

Posted by Julia January 19, 10 12:18 AM

With such a mess I think the only way out is for their goverment to act fast and co-operate with the UN and make sure aid are not being stolen but distribute in a fair manner. Crack down on corruption by any authority so as to avoid misery.

Posted by Lee chye seng January 19, 10 12:21 AM

Thank you can you not pray, and give, and pray and give more. These people have nothing.

Posted by Lee Scott January 19, 10 12:23 AM

Thomas, a safe bet is because the photographer didn't speak Portuguese and/or Mandarin to collect the necessary info. It also looks like they've got more important things to do than take questions from a photographer.

Posted by sam January 19, 10 12:31 AM


Posted by Mark Clennon January 19, 10 12:42 AM

@Rohit I would agree if the US were helping Haiti well before this happened. That Haiti and much of South America remains in poverty despite its proximity to where we see the greatest excesses in human history is just incredible, and unfair.

Posted by B January 19, 10 12:51 AM

in the middle of this tragedy, some opportunistic jerk is renting cell-phone chargers by the hour?


Posted by j January 19, 10 12:54 AM

Wow, thats terrible, makes me value and appreciate life alot more. My heart goes out to everyone in Haiti.

Posted by Johan January 19, 10 01:03 AM

It's amazing, really... Seeing some of the people commenting here, talking about the Haitians looting, as though Americans, or Canadians, or people of any other country would not do precisely the same thing given the same situation.

You see people stealing what they need to survive, and you see people stealing what they don't need, but think they can get away with taking in the chaos. It happens in every disaster. Remember Katrina? We are no different than these poor people in Haiti, so get off your high horses.

With that out of the way, it's heart-warming to see in these pictures people from all over the world stepping in to help others in a time of need. Americans, Russians, Chinese, Brazilians... Politics have been set aside for a time to help those who require it.

Just imagine what we could accomplish, if only we could keep that attitude of cooperation at all times.

Bravo to those who have stepped up to help, be that on the ground in Haiti or by means of donating what they can from home.

Posted by Nick January 19, 10 01:03 AM


Posted by Ange January 19, 10 01:07 AM

They're calling it looting because that's exactly what some of them are doing. I just saw on CNN where some men had looted candles from a store and were selling them to the people in the streets. People get desperate. But some people exploit a situation. Let's not forget that a prison was damaged and 4 thousand criminals got loose. There are dozens of gangs wielding machetes and robbing the other survivors. The people who've come to help are being told to be extremely cautious because they get attacked right along with the survivors. And where is the Haitian government? Their government can at least offer them words of support and hope.

Posted by MAD January 19, 10 01:13 AM

Why does the word 'looter' keep coming up? These people aren't stealing because they are greedy of corrupt, it is for survival! This is just like during Hurricane Katrina coverage when people, mostly the black population was said to be 'looting', while pictures of white people had captions that described them as 'finding' food.

As for those saying we should not send aid because they How can you say Haitian people deserved this? How can you say that innocent people, innocent children deserve to die for whatever supposed pact with the devil they made, or whatever corruption? You can't blame the people for the corruption in their government. Haiti has always been a destitute country, except when it was a french colony. At this time the life span of a slave was a few years. How dare people say that they somehow deserve this for overthrowing France, who did nothing but oppress , suck the life and resources from the country
Don't forget that he United States also fought for independence from their European colonizers. And yet they are portrayed as heroes while Haitians are demonized.

Posted by pinkcinq January 19, 10 01:16 AM

Malraux devrait reprendre la "condition humaine"

Posted by Alizé January 19, 10 01:22 AM

Tragic. Absolutely, utterly tragic.

Posted by Beth January 19, 10 01:24 AM

Dios Ayude y Ampare a los sobrevivientes !!
Y que guarde en su santa gloria a los que perecieron !!!

Posted by Manuel Ramìrez January 19, 10 01:28 AM

I also believe that in order to rebuild Haiti it is critical that some, if not all of their debt be forgiven, and aid given to them now doesn't come with strings attached

Please consider signing this petition to push those that Haiti is indebted to to forgive aid. Don't let them fly under the radar.

Posted by pinkcinq January 19, 10 01:31 AM

i cant even imagine the pain and sorrow the haitian people are going through and for a police to shoot and kill someone looking for food is just so unreal and heartbreaking how heartless can he be towards his own people my late husband was also from haiti and they are the most amazing caring people i have met my prayers go out to everyone in haiti

Posted by LISA ETIENNE January 19, 10 01:33 AM

This is heart-wrenching. At least some people are stepping up to help out:

Posted by Jordan January 19, 10 01:52 AM

people say that they have no compassion for there own, which is true, but in a sense they are just scared and desperate. now look at some people who say that we have compassion. we do but then what alot of people end up focusing on are the priests who say that they made a pact with the how compassionate....i hope well for these people and hope my little donations make up to good use

Posted by Cody Cartozian January 19, 10 01:59 AM

Life can change so quickly. Everything taken for Granted will not be there always. GOD bless Humanitarian effort done in this case. Life is so unpredictable.

Posted by B January 19, 10 02:08 AM

I agree that these photographs give a better understanding of whats happening in Haiti but as an American I will never truly Understand what these people have gone through.

Posted by sheba January 19, 10 02:37 AM

"How can you not pray?"
Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer.

Haiti is a more Christian nation than the US. If there is a god, he's a cruel pr*ck.

Posted by Jon January 19, 10 02:46 AM

Thank you for these real pictures. They stir the world to compassion. Everyone who thinks this was God doesn't really know who God is. He is in a good mood, and He gives life and life abundantly. It is the devil that steals, kills, and destroys. The devil has been doing this to them for years and now attempted to destroy them completely. But I believe his planned back-fired and instead of successfully destroying them completely, he has only captured the attention of the world to focus prayer, compassion, & resources to a place that was already in desperate need. God always wins in the end. So continue to walk in pure love and compassion without conflict about God's will. Lord, bring the restoration that you long to see in Haiti as you mourn with & comfort each one--the mother who's lost her baby and the man who's lost the love of his life and the lost child crying in the streets for his family.

Posted by InLove January 19, 10 03:08 AM


First of all... We're ALL HUMAN. We all need food, water and basic supplies to obviously survive. We are so very very blessed to have everything we need here in America. To YOU... HOLLY SANDERS who said.. "They look like animals"... you need to get a grip and realize that these people are in DESPERATE need. You have absolutely NO room to criticize them on the way they're crying out for help. WIth thousands of rotting bodies and no food or drink, I bet you'd be ten times the "animal" they could ever be.

Posted by Victoria H January 19, 10 03:26 AM

they are in valhalla with Oden!..

Posted by lex January 19, 10 04:04 AM

So easy to say, this is the chance to let them sort themselves out as you sit comfortably in your own home without having to worry about anything the people of Haiti are enduring. Can't believe you could say that!

Posted by Esther January 19, 10 04:19 AM

I have no words to say... It is so... :(

Posted by Inga January 19, 10 04:57 AM

Disasters like this had always happened an always will. It's sad, and I wish (like every one of you) that it didn't happened, but it did, and that is the cruel reality. Those people are facing problems that most of us can't even begin to understand, a hell of terror and desperation, and the only thing they can do is look out for themselves and their loved ones until this whole situation begins to dissipate.
But what really sickens me are most of the comments that I see here... ("we should pray for them", "God will save them", "they should turn their face to Jesus" or "God bless the world"). Words are cheap, and prayer is cheaper. I come from a poor family, a poor city in a poor country. I'm not a very educated guy, but this much I know: if you think that something should be done, then do it. Don't expect divine intervention every time you, your loved ones (or anyone else for that matter) need help. Do something about it. They are already doing their best to survive there, and if you think that they should get help, help them!!! Go to the nearest Red Cross and donate what you can (or other channels, there are many ), or if you can't afford to do that, make a petition or sign one already started to you government, to initiate a help plan for the people of Haiti. Just don't sit on your asses and pray, trust me, I know, that never really helped anyone. I'm not ranting against religion here, don't get me wrong, this is not about that. I'm just saying that there is a time for prayer, and a time for action. You really think the people of Haiti are thinking right now : "Oh, thank God, people around the world are praying really hard for us, everything should be O.K. now, we are saved by the prayers, and our children won't die of disease and starvation"... Come on!!!
Please people, wake up those around you who are sleeping throughout their lives and take a look at the world. We need each other.

Posted by S.T. January 19, 10 05:21 AM

This facts occurs in others parts of the world, too. See Africa and Asia.

Posted by dps January 19, 10 05:25 AM

Oldfrog, you have it right. Anyone wanting to know why Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere needs to go here, and see why the U.S. owes Haiti BILLIONS:

To Holly Sanders, I wish you were one of those mothers right now in Haiti. I guarantee you'd change your ugly comment. You have no soul.

It's ridiculous how slow aid is getting to these people. It's now a week and aid is only trickling in. Even Anderson Cooper and Gupa are growing angry and frustrated--despite trying to keep cool and objective.

Thank you for your photos, as painful as they were to see. The man shot in the head for "looting"--so senseless. Why a cop would purposely murder a starving man who is reduced to do what he can to survive is beyond me. He was shot in the head. He may very well have had a wife and child he was trying to protect and feed.

Please--give whatever you can to help Haiti!

Posted by Terri January 19, 10 05:30 AM

Let's all pray to God for guidance and wisdom in these times. Be thankful always and never take for granted simple things in life....

Posted by Anonymous January 19, 10 05:55 AM

Interestingly enough I didn't see any pics of looting, stealing caskets, robbing others of aid, etc. during the Tsunami of 2004.

Posted by Just sayin' January 19, 10 06:27 AM

Je compatis vraiment et prie pour le repos des ames des disparus

Posted by Rakia Harouna January 19, 10 06:55 AM

The girl the rescuers saved, who had survived by eating food that was around her in the destroyed supermarket, was she she looting? Of course not, she just tried to survive just like everyone else over there. Difference is she was under ground and the others are over ground. And yes, lets all fall on our knees in a massive prayer then surely the almighty God will send his angels to save everyone there.
Only angels that exsists are the rescue workers from all over the world (not only Americans), may humanity bless them.

Posted by Lars January 19, 10 07:04 AM

Poeple need to open their eyes... Why can we only help eachother when a disaster like this happens? We should always help eachother. We are the ones to blame for destruction. We don`t have respect for eachother or earth or its nature. 2012 is on its way. And we just let it...

Posted by bella January 19, 10 07:13 AM


Posted by mandy January 19, 10 07:20 AM

It's a country founded by former slaves. Without international and PACIFIC and HONEST help, there ain't no culture or institutions to RE-build, but to built from the zero.

And you, USA, CANADA, U.K. and others, STOP MAKING WAR.
STOP being the most stupid people in this planet.

Posted by BB January 19, 10 07:20 AM

Dearest Father, Jehovah! I am trembling with fear and compassion.Help me be human the way you created me. Somewhere along the way, i could have been one of them. Now that you have spared me Lord, I pray for consolation and relief to your children in Haiti.
I know you love them as much as you love me Jesus, not because I am righteous, but because i am yours!

Posted by Simon Meigaro January 19, 10 07:22 AM

those people don't have any sense of rational thinking......... looting a god damn coffin...... what happened is sad but it's only a natures way to get rid of something that it doesn't need.................

Posted by skigge January 19, 10 07:38 AM

I pray to Allah to help all men for all over the World.

Posted by Md. Shahidul Islam January 19, 10 07:40 AM

Esto escapa a cualquier entendimiento de fé divina. Un terremoto no puede controlarse, pero el comportamiento humano si. Estas imágenes son más tristes y lamentables que las de las victimas del seismo. Si sólo pensamos en nosotros mismos, el mundo está en malas manos...

Posted by Lola Ortiz January 19, 10 07:44 AM


call it "try to live!"

Posted by Anonymous January 19, 10 07:50 AM


Posted by Anonymous January 19, 10 07:54 AM

I cry because I feel powerless, I'm angry because it took this horrific disaster to point out to people that in Haïti the government only took from people instead of giving them what they need to be human and equal, I'm a hypocrite because I would like to stick my head into the ground not hearing, feeling or seeing anything I can't cope with...

Posted by Barbara January 19, 10 07:58 AM


Posted by Anonymous January 19, 10 08:05 AM

I feel absolutely terrible for the DECENT people of Haiti...but if you've never lived and worked in Haiti (I HAVE), then measure your words. You have no idea how dangerous, brutal and irrespectful of human life that bunch down there can be.

Posted by Agitato January 19, 10 08:07 AM

Quoting a woman I saw earlier

"Ok God we get it. We as humans cant take these images. Please I'm begging the world community is begging you to stop this now. I cant take it! I cant stand it! And no amount of money I gave or will give is going to make this situation in Haiti better. It will stop, It will cease when you come. Please come and save these people. Please, please, please stop this mass killings of human beings. This is just heartbreaking!"

It will cease when you come? We as humans? Stop living in your little playhouse fantasy church world where a sky fairy determines what goes on down below. Spend your own money, fly down there and help out.

I'm SICKENED by people praying at a time like this. Get off your knees and get down there.

If you spend your life thinking some guy sits on a cloud watching this stuff happen, then expects you to beg him to make it stop - you're bat-insane.

Posted by Jordan Alexander January 19, 10 08:14 AM

Actually, it IS looting if you are taking things like TV's, bouncy balls (wtf?) and stealing coffins. That has zero to do with survival, and everything to do with being an opportunistic criminal.

Its amazing what people will apologize for. Thats pretty much the reason why Haiti will never have a "booming economy like Japan and Germany". The people of Haiti think that all goods from some magical sky god and don't have an understanding of how to create wealth by building communities. Never mind the fact that Haiti is basically a tiny tropical island and doesn't have the resources to be an economic powerhouse in any event. Of course not every Haitian is a criminal and many Haitians actually do understand how to take care of each other and its a terrible tragedy that this happened to those people.

Giving money is probably the least effective way to help. If you really care you should go there yourself, volunteer to distribute food and water or medical help or even help keep the looters (yes LOOTERS) from completely bankrupting the little wealth that the Haitians have managed to build for themselves. Kudos to that shopkeeper with the shotgun by the way, I hope hes been successful and I will pray for HIM, because hes probably done more for their people over the years than any outside force can do in a few months.

And all the "Oh where is God?" idiots can shut it, hes descending down on Haiti right now as we speak, with food and clean water and medicine and ORDER, with the steady fapping of the rotors of the worlds helicopters.

Posted by bobvilla January 19, 10 08:27 AM

Why people has to face this? So sad.

Posted by Camila January 19, 10 08:33 AM

to sad.

Posted by sarah January 19, 10 08:38 AM

I agree that the term "looter" used in the captions, while technically true, is not only callous but either racist or classist (I tend to think the latter). If there had been a fault line in the Midwest somewhere then I'm sure the photographer would have found a lot more "inspiring" moments rather than so many of the "looters." That was a choice on the part of the photographer (or perhaps the editor). Notice how the Haitians aren't even named, but often the aid workers and American soldiers are (might have been a language barrier, but it would have taken only a little extra effort). At one point they are even called "scavengers," which one thinks of more often in reference to animals. And had these people been white, or maybe not so poor, I doubt there would be so many images of their naked bodies lying in mass graves. There are a LOT of interesting undercurrents in how these photos are presented, and the photos themselves. If I had to say, it is the photographers trying to appeal more to our morbid curiosity than our compassion.

Posted by Elizabeth January 19, 10 08:52 AM

No tengo palabras... Fuerza gente de Haití

Posted by rockchelios January 19, 10 08:55 AM

I wish those pictures were randomly on TV every hour for like 15 seconds so people would stop screwing the planet and other people!

Posted by Rodrigo Duarte January 19, 10 08:56 AM

"It an awful tragedy" Let us put our hands together to help them. Let us not forget to pray for them.

Posted by Nimrod January 19, 10 09:00 AM

22.....can anyone feel this? this could have been what are you going to do?

Posted by KT January 19, 10 09:16 AM

My parents have 5 clinics in Haiti. It is 100 % non profit. They are sending teams down to bring water and food as we speak. If you would like to help,

God help the Haitian people

Posted by Frank J January 19, 10 09:29 AM

God please help

Posted by Waldo January 19, 10 09:39 AM

Sobering and fantastic pictures from The Boston Globe. Think what you like about the Americans but if a country is in trouble they are ALWAYS there to help.

Posted by Paul Orr January 19, 10 09:52 AM

While I'm glad I donated some money to help the people who deserve the help, I don't understand what colorful balls or a stolen casket are going to do. Looting to survive is one thing, stealing for no reason whatsoever is another. Not only that, but the VIOLENCE some of these people are causing is disgusting. What is going on over there?!

Posted by Me January 19, 10 09:53 AM

It's so horrible

Posted by Nanou January 19, 10 09:59 AM

It's so horrible
I'm so sad for them & i hope that god will help them.

Posted by Nanou January 19, 10 10:04 AM

I feel so bad for the suffering these poor people are going through.
God help the Haitian people. The photographers trying to appeal more to our morbid curiosity than our compassion.

Posted by KENZA January 19, 10 10:07 AM

I find these pictures very horrible because that show how are the natural catastrophe.

Posted by victo B January 19, 10 10:11 AM

"How can you not pray after this?"

or how can you....

Posted by greg January 19, 10 10:25 AM

O God, please have mercy on the Hatian People. Let your love and gospel heal them and their land! In Jesus' name. Amen

Posted by Zach Duke January 19, 10 10:27 AM

I'm really sad because it's horrible,they don't have anything.They are forced to fight for a little rationing (picture#6)because humanitarian aid from several countries are routed by drip and roads are damaged.It's sad to see men shot down by police just to make a living.I think we should facilitate the adoption of Haitian children who are orphans and all the rich countries should help the country economically to rebuild.

Posted by mathilde January 19, 10 10:27 AM

Instead of praying you people should actually do something useful! Like donate money.

Posted by Bub January 19, 10 10:28 AM

Sometimes I wonder if God will ever forgive us for what we have done to each other, then I look around and I realize God left this place a long time ago.

Yeah that's Danny Archer from Blood Diamond, but I think he's got it about right. Folks, if there is a god, and from me that is one huge if, he might be listening, but he is certainly idle in this day in age. Prayers will not help these people. If you've got the money, instead of praying each night, donate 10 dollars to the red cross. If you insist upon both giving 10 dollars AND praying, well then donate 20 dollars instead. Money and individual aid (such as going there yourself) will help Haiti recover, not your prayers. Personally, starving college student though I am, I'm going to look into spending my spring break there to rebuild, if possible. Since I am assuming a large number of readers here may in fact be college students, perhaps you should all look into it as well.

Posted by Brett January 19, 10 10:51 AM

God will help them -- through us. We have free will; we can choose to heed the call or not. I pray* that many of us will do so. We who are wealthy, we who have plenty, we who throw away bread just because it is stale or because there is mold on one end, we who will use water just to dispose of a used tissue after blowing our noses (flushing it down the toilet) . . . . We should all help. There are a number of good agencies already hard at work in Haiti. They need funds very badly. Send them money (though check them out first; I recommend to help pick one or more). If you cannot sleep at night without physically helping, there are agencies which pack food, such as Feed My Starving Children. While mostly supported by churches, anyone is welcome to help pack meals specially designed to be transported and stored easily, and to nourish the starving (who have particular dietary needs different from those of us with plenty because they need to rebuild muscle and bone). But mostly, right now these agencies need money. If you donate to one charity this year, let it be one working in Haiti.

*For the record, "fervently hope" is an adequate synonym for what I mean here.

Posted by Calli Arcale January 19, 10 10:55 AM

It's a very terrible drama. Moves me a lot.

Posted by Tomotime January 19, 10 11:02 AM

And yet Rush Limbaugh says the only reason the US is helping is so Obama can get some street cred among the light skin and dark skin blacks?! Bubba the Love Sponge says "F*ck Haiti.." What the heck is wrong with these people? What is it about some people who have never had it anywhere remotely as bad as the haiti situation, that makes them want to denigrate the people who need help? What is that?!? What makes Pat Robertson say GOD is punishing these people for making a deal with the devil? He even killed christians and a catholic bishop if that is to be believed. He smashed New Orleans but leaves Vegas alone? It's the fault of their rinky-dink government. For that matter, what can the US do to stomp out these idiots that take over these 3rd world countries and run them into the ground? This type of thing can happen in about 100 other places and the devastation will be total. Guatemala, Syria, Honduras, , places liek that. How come the despots never want a great economy? Do they have to steal every single dollar there is and invest nothing to keep control? Man, it makes me sick that Haiti had been set up to fail by their leaders. But I guess it's to be expected when you don't have elections, all you have are coups. It sounds bad but...maybe we should have just asassinated their president and set up a puppet to make their country better according to our specifications. It sounds elitist but we've had cities hit hard and we've recovered relatively quickly. Their whole COUNTRY is devastated and probably won't recover for decades, if ever. It would save us time, money and resources if we had just made the right moves years ago. Just some thoughts.

Posted by Tha Trigga January 19, 10 11:18 AM

"How can you not pray after this?"

Didn't help much beforehand, did it?

Posted by Ross Parker January 19, 10 11:36 AM

The French didn't leave, they were forced out. Anyway, there's no point in arguing about something that none of us had any part in. The only thing we can do is pray and, for those who have the means, donate money.

Posted by C January 19, 10 11:43 AM

I'm kinda on the fence here. Those people are in massive need of help and support. But the U.S. is so far in debt as it is and we're borrowing more money. I mean, those people need help but the U.S. doesn't have the money to do it. We're just borrowing and while we're doing a *good* thing helping those people, our children's children's children will be paying for it. I wouldn't mind help Haiti if we had the funds. The U.S. was already in massive debt before Mr. obama was voted into office (not by me) and he's spent all this big money convincing people it'll help the economy. Putting us in more debt. Then we a disaster happens in Haiti we need to help even if we don't have the money.

Posted by JJ January 19, 10 11:48 AM

All you guys talking about looting or shooting...

Anyone who thinks its that easy to keep your head and remain rational in a situation where your family are dying of thirst and starvation and people are being beaten and killed for their possessions should think again. I don't think we have any right to point the finger of blame at anyone from our comfy sofas and centrally heated desks...

Sympathy guys...

Posted by Selwyn Leeke January 19, 10 11:55 AM

If our children's children's children will be paying for it so be it, these people need help desperately and there's no valid argument when people are dying if you can do something about it. Practice empathy and you'll know what I'm talking about.

Posted by LM January 19, 10 12:00 PM

God works in strange ways.

Posted by Ken January 19, 10 12:05 PM

A couple people on here suggest that we shouldnt call it LOOTING??? All because they say it is that they are stealing food. Well explain this, why is it that dead people are being taken out of coffins so they can loot the coffin???? Why have I seen people looting books, toys etc?? Stealing is stealing no matter what way you look at it.

Posted by CRAZY January 19, 10 12:06 PM

These photographs should stir people's hearts to help, but please please stop calling people surviving looters. I find it incredible that people would say that.

Posted by red mum January 19, 10 12:11 PM


Posted by Ramon Nuez January 19, 10 12:13 PM

And here we are in Jamaica complaining about which government has done the worst to the country. We are no way better than those Haitians, if we didn't had people who are constantly on their knees praying, we would be wiped out a long time ago. Keep strong Haiti, like the wedding in Cana back in bible, Jesus turned water into the best wine which came at the last moment. Your best is saved for last and is yet to come.

Posted by Hopeton Haffenden January 19, 10 12:18 PM

What good is being done currently in Haiti is a result of humanitarian outpouring, not God.

Appealing to 'The Lord' or any other invisible man in the sky is going to do absolutely nothing to assist in the recovery of these people.

We need human action. Funding. Logistics support from surrounding governments (which we are getting, for the most part). Donations through appropriate avenues. More funding. Political support of resource allocation. Etc.

Not praying.

Posted by Humanizt January 19, 10 12:18 PM

All I can do is sob and pray for these people. If we have to have the United Nations, why do they not have a disaster plan in place by now. After the numerous disasters that have happened world-wide there is NO excuse for there not having in place an all-encompassing, comprehensive plan for IMMEDIATE response to any disaster on the globe that would involve any and all countries who would be willing and able to participate.

Even most towns and cities in the US have emergency plans. Maybe they need to take a look at the efficiency with which the Israelis have responded as a model when they are belated getting some kind of response teams together in the future.

Posted by Gwen January 19, 10 12:20 PM

R Mullen, was that decently dressed man who was pulling another man out of his coffin just looking for food? Yeah of course there are people that are only taking what is needed but there is looting of everything and the Haitians are the ones acting barbaric, just as their infrastructure prior to the disaster could have been considered barbaric. Now of course it is the US responsibility to send the most money, supplies, and people to help while the rest of the world put together sends a mere percentage of what we do. And if we don't we will be villafied and more blame will be put on the US than mother nature for this catastrophe. We can't be the primary care giver and mediator in every worldy disaster or event. People want to hate the US and Americans until they need our money and help, then they can bring themselves to act nice as long as we are giving them everything they want. All I see on t.v is Haitians screaming at the camera about how America needs to come help, I would be willing to bet we received little to no help from Haiti when Katrina struck, but I guess that is our fault that they don't have a good economy or infrastructure@@ America is to blame for everything right?

Posted by Gilbert Grape January 19, 10 12:28 PM

America made Haiti a mess in order to protect it's interest there. Haiti is already a weak country because of the US interference which is ongoing for the last 2 decades.

Posted by sudhi January 19, 10 12:32 PM

I am proud of Canada and the United States... Anyone that hates us for doing what is right will soon see there remarks are completely unfounded.
Someone has to play sheriff until Haiti can manage on its own.
Yes maybe my dear friends to the south have been misled in a few past wars and maybe they haven't always done the right thing, (neither has my country Canada) but that does not take away from the fact that the majority of my country and the USA are caring, humane souls that take pride and pleasure in assisting those in need when we can. USA and Canada are broke.. You heard it right our economies are in shambles but were still sending tons of troops and supplies to HELP....
And to France,,,, grow the hell up,,,, the USA isnt there to occupy the Haitian country... After god is done having mercy on the Haitian survivors maybe he will have some left over for you cowards.

Thank you Canada and USA for being there when the world need you...

Posted by Aaron In Alberta January 19, 10 12:38 PM

oh my good ,,, this is so sad ,, i never thought something this terrible could happen to mankind and the mass of us at a glance... wishing all victims a speedy recovery and a much better life .. God bless you all ... joseph williams.. condolences...

Posted by Anonymous January 19, 10 12:42 PM

LOOTERS. All of them. Looting a coffin is not to survive. Just like in New Orleans, looting TVs and Beer is not for survival. What about the shop owners? Don't they deserve to not be STOLEN from?

Airstrips in Haiti were lined with food, but no one went to work to get the food. Instead it sat on the runway and spoiled. I agree these people need help, but they also need to help themselves too by being productive, not just waiting for a handout.

A few years ago, Greensburg Kansas was destroyed by a tornado. You sure didn't see anyone there going around and stealing from their neighbors, or looting from the local stores.

Posted by Jane Doe January 19, 10 12:43 PM

Post 182, Allison wrote: "How can you not pray after this?

If you consider that GOD was the one who left them in that situation...

Posted by Willie Coyote January 19, 10 12:51 PM

i agree with those that are saying that it is not looting if u are trying to get supplies to help your family. but the guy with the cell phone charging "business" needs a swift kick in the head. i have emailed a copy of the link to this page to all my friends and have asked that they donate what they can to the red cross even if it is just $1. and then forward that message around to all of their friends i hope. my family may not be able to give much and we don't have the money to fly down and help but hopefully our small donation added to other donations to the redcross will help ease some of the problems such as the need for food water and medical supplies. and all of the righteous asses out there saying they must deserve it because they are heathens and minions of the devil or whatever, i ask you, where are your "christian" morals and values when u can actually open up your mouth and saay something so horrid? i may not have a religion that i practice but i know that god was about forgiveness and helping thy neighbor and NOT passing judgement. so please everyone do what you can to help and pass the link to this page around and donate to the red cross what you can. these are people in need and if u can help then do so.

Posted by Donna Gray January 19, 10 12:53 PM

Much of this collection focus on violence, destruction and looting. It is disheartening and biased.

How about more document of the stories that go on quietly in the society that showcase the goodness that is the Haitian people. These are the silent majority in any society! They need a voice too!

Posted by silly things January 19, 10 12:57 PM

Our giving, our going, our hands and our feet.. The men in the air, on the ground and the streets.. I found Him, "God", alive and discreet, hidden within man by their Decision to meet.

We get to be help to these people, lets do it.

Posted by Anonymous January 19, 10 12:57 PM

Natural Disasters like the tsunami, this earthquake and so on had happened for millenniums... The only diffrence is that now there are a lot of people living in dangerous places, it's not that the "Lord is Coming".... Overpopulation, that's all.

Somebody said that the Devil caused all this.... What was God doing then??? Watching TV??... Looking the other way???... If the Devil did this, then why God didn't stop him???

Posted by Willie Coyote January 19, 10 01:08 PM

Oh, my God!!!:((

Posted by Sebastian Sascau January 19, 10 01:10 PM

How quickly humans descend into savagery, driven by greed and selfishness.

Posted by Worm January 19, 10 01:17 PM


Your comment was incredibly ignorant.
Taking things from stores in periods of crisis has EVERYTHING to do with survival. People are taking things that can be TRADED in exchange of food, water, communications, clothing, etc.You would do the same in their circonstance so STOP JUDGING and START GIVING.

Posted by Empathy and Love January 19, 10 01:48 PM


1. There is still $ in Haiti and people still need $ to get food, pay rent, bills, etc, now and later for their families. Please stop getting mad at businesses for running a business and charging for it. I'm sure there are "reasonable" prices to charge, and totally unethically large prices that could be charged in this desperate time. Please let's not judge what we don't know. Let's ask these questions and marvel what it would be like to be in that situation - if you had to save your family member's lives and protect their health and secure a home / homes for their / your future... you might have a combination of generosity & business sense to balance all these needs. (donna g., you said the cell phone salesman deserved a kick in the head, but later you said, " god was about forgiveness and helping thy neighbor and NOT passing judgement" - maybe this business IS helping his neighbors & cheap & reasonable & maybe he does it for free for some people. I imagine he would.

2. Someone commented that someone stealing a toy ball should be shot on sight? Since when was the punishment for petty theft the death penalty? And what about the whole idea of desperation and humanity - when you've lost everything and you want to secure your family's re-building of a home, theft, even of non vital items, just seems to be less of an immoral thing to me at this time. We do not know the full stories. I imagine some people might be in a position to be acting "greedy" now, or maybe that's not even a possibility... Look at the stats - maybe 100,000 are homeless. That ALONE should give us an idea of the desperation there. Imagine being homeless with 3-4 kids, a little water, a little food, and you need to think about that day, week, and upcoming months of rebuilding a home and establishing a life. Going into business might be an option. Even if it starts out with "looting" - if you are saving your children's lives and securing their future of having a home by having a little money - I just don't see this as a horrible evil person, I see this as someone in a real bind. Walk a mile in their shoes...

3. Personally, I think there are likely MANY Haitians being generous and taking care of things in a good way - we just can't see that clearly in pictures... someone dividing up what they have to share with who needs it most - when there are nearly 2 million people in this area and you see pictures of some "looters", please know that the photojournalists and publishers are not going to be taking or publishing as many pictures of someone handing someone else a bottle of water, and you can't capture sharing as easily as violence / stealing / etc. Right now the media is still competing for viewers/ readers and they still choose the most dramatic thing, especially now. Hopefully some of these more heartwarming stories will start coming out. I know, without a doubt, that there are many many MANY more of those among Haitians, even now. The picture of the woman praying made me think of how women / grandmothers overall are dealing with this / what they are doing? It's mostly men you see in the photos.

I'm also for stopping the use of the term for "looting" when it comes to food and water in this situation. Maybe calling that "survival looting". I have kids and I would definitely do some "survival looting" for them if I had to. Who wouldn't?

Posted by Leigh Shannon January 19, 10 01:54 PM

Oh Lord have mercy

Posted by Evelyne Anthony-Ignecia January 19, 10 01:55 PM

Let them help themselves. Did the Haitians help the US after 9/11, or Katrina?

Posted by Josh January 19, 10 02:11 PM

Let them help themselves. Did the Haitians help the US after 9/11, or Katrina?

Posted by Josh January 19, 10 02:11 PM

Maybe the coffin is being used as a more dignified way to transport bodies through the city. The guy in the photo may have been the one to put that body there and he's making room to go back for more. Then again, maybe he's stealing it. Either way or another way I haven't thought of, I've seen too many misleading news reports to base my interpretation of what's going on in a photo on what someone writes in a caption.

Posted by DP January 19, 10 02:13 PM

I think that all those people out there who has a heart of stone, need to get down on their knees and ask for forgiveness for even having a nerve to come out with all those degrading unhuman remarks how dare you think that you are so blessed to put others down we are all gods creation whom shall we fear not you for sure i think you people are cowards of some sort so heartless and weak minded.

Posted by kathi c January 19, 10 02:26 PM

The guy stealing a coffin is indeed a looter

Posted by matt January 19, 10 02:29 PM

R Mullen... Stop calling it looting...
I am sure the man disrespecting the dead by tossing his body aside to steal his casket worth thousands of dollars really needed that casket to survive.

Or the guy throwing a rock at a person to steal a bag full of plastic toy balls. They both seem necessary to survive. These peictures show the true savage oportunism at an extremely sad time. Taking advantage when things are at their worse.
We are doing all we can as a WORLD to offer aid and food. It is tragic. Human nature is truely ugly.

Posted by J Parker January 19, 10 02:40 PM

The bottom line here was from the very beginning they should have sent as many helicopters as possible. Huge mistake on every countries part

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Posted by JUAN CARLOS RAMIREZ January 19, 10 03:08 PM

I am so sad seeing these people. May Allah give them the strength to bear their losses.

Posted by Adams January 19, 10 03:19 PM

#10....Why is perfectly ok to photograph people at their worst and nearly nude? They aren't animals in the wild, they are PEOPLE! I certainly hope you and the photographer got her permission to post that here. Shame on you!

Posted by Adrienne January 19, 10 03:24 PM

Thank God for the American military and the other relief agencies.

Hopefully, Haiti will move towards a democratic government free-enterprise system that will allow them to build infrastructure that will assist themselves when the next crisis occurs. Adapt or sadly perish!

Posted by Jason Wright January 19, 10 03:30 PM

What is wrong with renting cell phone chargers by the hour? That was the one positive pictures I saw. I read where before the earthquake, even though unemployment was 65%, hardly anyone didn't have some kind of hustle, they had to so they could make anything to eat off of. I don't think it's opportunistic; it was probably his job before the earthquake.

Posted by Brad January 19, 10 03:33 PM


i cant even imagine the pain and sorrow the haitian people are going through and for a police to shoot and kill someone looking for food is just so unreal and heartbreaking how heartless can he be towards his own people my late husband was also from haiti and they are the most amazing caring people i have met my prayers go out to everyone in haiti
Posted by LISA ETIENNE January 19, 10 01:33 AM"

How do we know that the man shot and killed by the Police was trying to get food? I for one am impressed that the Police are sticking around, trying to preserve some kind of order. Looks like they are certainly outnumbered.

Posted by Mike January 19, 10 03:51 PM

America has what America has because of one word....Capitalism! The spirit of the individual to make his world a better place, for himself and his family. Why should he/we be criticized for this? If those Haitians we see in these photos had spent more of their lives pursuing those same dreams, most would be better off now, and their country would have been better prepared for this disaster.
Why aren't these thousands of people who are looting, getting themselves organized, to assist in transporting the food and supplies from the ships and planes to thier own people who are in need? Much like in years past when people would form lines to pass buckets of water, in order to put out a fire.
As for all these calls for prayer.... if it makes you feel better then do it. Is it going to make the actual situation improve in any way....I seriously doubt it!
Our country, America, is doing more than any other country, as we always do. And so we should, if we can, but those fools who say that we are not doing enough, or that as one person posted, "the US owes Haiti billions of dollars".... well, I'm sure you can all imagine where I would tell those people to put their opinions.

Posted by Don Kerr January 19, 10 04:11 PM

I don't understand people. The whole world is giving aid, sending doctors, search and rescue, food, water, medical supplies and doing everything they can to help these people but they refuse to help themselves. They are rioting, killing, looting... you call that survival?! That is not survival. Haiti has always been known as a crime ridden, violent country, that is nothing new. Removing a body from a casket so that you can steal the casket is not survival. Taking the bag off a mans back that has just been shot dead is not survival. Look at what happened with Anderson Cooper today, ARMED looters were taking candles from a store and then selling them to their own people on the street... this is not survival. If I were to give a dime to any cause, it would be to a childrens charity because in this situation they don't know any better and the children deserve better.

Posted by KDB January 19, 10 04:25 PM

We are all God's children!
Pray,pray, pray and send money to the needy people of Haiti!
Leaders the worldover should step in to give humanitarian aid!

Posted by Frances Tencza January 19, 10 04:28 PM

over 9000 bottles of water

Posted by anon January 19, 10 04:31 PM

Desperation on this level has never felt so real to me until I watched Graveyard of the Fireflies, and now seeing this. It's hard to take in the collective tragedy these people must be going through. I can't bare to imagine ever loosing a family member under such circumstances. For them to come to an end out of my knowledge in a complete lack of support and dignity, and then laid to rest in a mass burial site.

Posted by LiaMMV January 19, 10 04:34 PM

You people are crazy! These people are EXACTLY what we saw after Katrina happened. They are THIEF'S and most of them DO NOT deserve our support. Stealing a TV, COFFIN, CANDLES..... you can't eat those. And someone said they are stealing them to trade for food. Look people, No one down there is trading anything for food. These stupid thugs are stealing anything they can get their hands on because they are plain TRASH! Just like all those thugs that raped, murdered, and stole during Katrina, these people are using a sad situation to help themselves. And to the guy that made the statement that the news only refers to these people as looters when they are BLACK, way to pull out the RACE CARD.... grow up! They are thugs! They are looters! They are trash!! I just hope the good (honest) people down there find the help they need. And these thugs don't!!!!!

Posted by The TRUTH January 19, 10 04:39 PM

Thank you for providing a warning for the more disturbing photos...

Posted by R January 19, 10 04:39 PM

I can understand some have Haiti as their homeland - - my suggestion is to give them land somewhere else but no more there, no more in haiti - - it will be painfull for some to return there - - africa, north n south america, europe and asia we have enough place to welcome 9 million of haitians.

Posted by Maisonobe January 19, 10 04:44 PM

Very sobering for those of us in California. As were the pictures that came out of New Orleans.

We have been warned by our local police to make sure we can look after ourselves in case of civil breakdown. The police's number one priority will be to secure government buildings and assets.

Posted by Tom January 19, 10 04:44 PM

Where has the money gone that we ( USA ) have given to Haiti in AID last year. We ( USA ) had given their Goverment 193 million dolllars last year, were did it all go before the earth quake. ? Now we are giving more of our money from the goverment. We as Americans can on affort anymore, America is going to go bankrupt soon. We have no more money to give. As our Goverment says we will just get it from the tax payers. Private donation only. we have no more money to give... Broke in the USA.....

Posted by Broke in the USA January 19, 10 05:32 PM

@ Aaron In Alberta: Thank you so much! As an American, I couldn't have said it better! No, we aren't perfect. And our country has flaws as does every country. But we try! We try to do our part to make the world a better place. We are so often judged by the political actions of our government, but we as a people have a tremendous sense of care for those in need. We are proactive in our endeavors to aid. Haiti is our neighbor. Why wouldn't we help them? I don't really care what politics motivate our president or any other leader. Don't take something good and make it bad. The Haitians need our help. And by "Our," I mean the world as a whole. Negativity breeds negativity. There is no one to blame. This was an act of nature.

Posted by Mary in SoCal January 19, 10 05:33 PM

we are there the end time is no more near its here,lets pray for this souls and ours

Posted by kinghimself January 19, 10 05:43 PM

Heartbreaking, tragic, unfortunate and chaotic. I wonder what will become of all of this. It will take time to get things back to normal there. Those poor people my heart goes out to them as well as my wallet.

Posted by Cynthia Yildirim January 19, 10 05:47 PM

Faith without Action is Dead.

Pray and donate everything you can in order to end suffering everywhere. Haiti is need right now and we have a responsibility to respond as decent human beings who have a Loving God.

Pray and donate to the missions helping women and children in the Congo and please pray and donate to those trying save women/children held in captivity around the world. Please pray for all of those lost minds who think with a mind full of fear and evil, those who are committing atrocities of such magnitude that some find it completely unbearable to think about or witness. But there is always Hope. This is what we can be certain of and even when it seems so desperate and awful, there is still Hope. This is the great saving Grace which we can be assured, but we must Believe!

We must Believe that Haiti can be saved and rebuilt and made new. We must believe that those in the Congo obsessed by evil thinking and actions can be saved and rebuilt, enabling the country to be saved and rebuilt. We must first believe that it is possible before it can be possible.

I like to consider Christ as an aspect/part/the heart of God. Christ is Hope, Christ is Grace. Believing in Hope and Grace is essentially believing in Christ and believing in Christ means that you really and truly believe with all of your heart and soul that there really is Hope for War, Hope for Disaster, Hope for those in Pain and in Captivity. All of this is Faith. Faith means that indeed, this Hope, this Love, this Grace is capable of anything. Anything is possible through this Faith. Everything and Anything we want through this Faith is possible. So therefore, no evil, no insanity, and no disaster is ever able to become more than what this Faith can handle and overcome.

Faith without Action is Dead.

Donate, Donate, Donate...Go on a Mission Trip, Put together some health kits. start a blog, find a group, find a church, find a non profit. If you are business, start a campaign internally and with your colleagues. Even is donating as well as Google and Fed Ex. DO SOMETHING!!!! Stand up and Do Something to help anyone and you will feel great and you will become a brighter person from the inside out. Good Luck and God Bless Haiti.

Please take action in all areas of your life. You can overcome and be a great light for many people in need. Overcome your worldly mind by believing in hope and grace and come into a mind full of hope and grace.

Posted by Lachelle Hayes January 19, 10 05:51 PM

This is just so sad !!!!!

send money

Posted by zack January 19, 10 05:55 PM

Today i feel more fortunate and divinely blessed than any other day in my life. I pray for the Haitians, the parents whose children were taken from them, the children who now live without any structure, love or guidance from the ones they looked to for everything, the siblings broken and tormented by knowing their families are dying....
Listen i would like to have each of you consider for only a moment that you were there...that your family was there...that your children were there..or your best friend or your could hear them screaming for help...gasping and choking too death on the fumes of gas pipes exposed...and drowning in the thousands of pounds of concrete falling and lying on top of them..YOUR MIND THERE ...see your mother.., your father, your sister, brother, neice OR nephew, aunt or uncle...knowing that if you could just get to them and remove the concrete you could save them...then watching in horror as more falls on top of them...hearing babies crying and knowing that they will not live through the hour...then it is quiet...not a sound more more more sobs from the earth...YOUR MIND THERE...CAN YOU imagine it happening America...

God today and every day i pray to you for your Divine Love and Mercy..your tender compassion enveloping theose that are left behind...the lost and hopeless...let their eyes turn to You in this dark hour...let their journey come to an end in your with the workers and volunteers...Lord, there is no way i can ever begin to feel the despair of those affected...however i will pick up my Cross and carry it...i beg you to burden me and make me uncomfortable...i cry out to you Lord...let Your will be done...
People of Haiti you are forever in my in peace...please stay strong..Oklahoma City, Oklahoma loves you.
God bless!!
Barb Adkison

Posted by Barb Adkison January 19, 10 06:09 PM

If god caused this, then why would he help them now? Face it, there's no god. That becomes even more apparent to me after looking at these pics....can't imagine the pain and suffering, physically and mentally....This kinda stuff ruins lives forever. How about you all stop praying and do something useful yourself?

Posted by Apocalyptigasm January 19, 10 06:13 PM

@ DEE (#147) and Speckie (#159)...

It's been fairly well established that when the standard of living and education for women increases, birth rates decrease. That's why many countries with a high standard of living and education can barely replace their own population.

In traditional cultures in countries that can't afford public health care or social security for retirees, children are often their parents' retirement plans, they count on their children taking care of them when they get old. With high infant and child mortality rates, low expectations of longevity, it's actually a rational decision to have many children in the hope that at least a couple of them will survive to take care of their parents.

The best thing we can do is encourage sustainable and long-term development for impoverished nations; as their wealth rises, they will have less children.

Posted by Martin Levenson January 19, 10 06:16 PM

i hope that GOD protects them, helps them, and people will be christ like and put effort to help them in hatiti

Posted by abby s. January 19, 10 06:25 PM

I'm thinking of you people from Haiti.

Posted by Thomas January 19, 10 06:40 PM

Only good awaits when you hit the bottom. I really hope this was the bottom for Haiti. Praying for Haiti from Curacao

Posted by Rafa January 19, 10 06:48 PM

If there's a God, he didn't cause this to happen just to bring attention to Haiti's plight. He did it to bring attention to that how we as humans react to people in need. Some of us he is pleased with, I'm sure. For others, I'm sure he's wondering if they evolved from some sort of slimy reptile.

Posted by future January 19, 10 07:07 PM

#236 BB:

Please note, Canada, the US and the UK are there to prevent others from killing innocents. Ask the women of Afghanistan, or the Kurds of Iraq if they think we are making war or things better.

Open your eyes to the world, and please stop posting emotional nonsense.

Posted by R. Ed Neck January 19, 10 07:13 PM

Skigge, your comment "it's only natures way of getting rid of what it doesnt need" proves what is wrong with this world. Where is your compassion? Hundreds of thousands of people have died and those numbers will continue to grow as rubble is pulled away. People are fighting to survive, they have no or very little food, water and medical aid. These people need our help. Your comment is not only heartless, it is also wrong. Put yourself in their shoes...try a little empathy and compassion.

Posted by Amy January 19, 10 07:43 PM

Stealing coffins - bouncy balls and beating each other with boards to get it is deranged. It has nothing to do with survival.
Looting food and water I can see even stealing stuff like soap and sheets- but coffins,balls and anything you can get your hands - that kind of thinking might explain why the place was such a mess to begin with.
However, the only right thing to do is to feed these folks and get them medical attention.
If Haiti is to rebuild successfully, their citizens need to play a crucial role in the nations recovery. If the citizens of Haiti build something they can be proud of perhaps they will take care of it- the world is there ready to give them the hammer and knowledge to rebuild-

Posted by maybe January 19, 10 07:48 PM

People helping are individuals helping. No matter the reason why each country sends help, if it's honest or it's a show off, they are there. This is not the right moment to discuss if the US is always there to help, or if it's always there to take control over minorities and countries in disadvantage for other reasons.

Posted by Giulietta January 19, 10 08:00 PM

#298, you are definitely one of the dumbest people that has posted a comment here.... sorry but i am just pissed!!! you say they have to help themselves because they did not help on 9/11 or katrina??? well have you ever READ in your life about Haiti???? they are the poorest country in the Occident, and they were already starving to death, mistreated and in extreme poverty, and then this happens!!!! US has a LOT of money, and are far more developed to be able to rebuild their cities, and still thousands of people came to help!!! new orleans has always had an amazing spirit and that is what helped them to save their lives, even if everything material was destroyed. And new york is always been known for hard working people and one of the mayor cities of the world!!! Haiti NEVER stood a chance or will stand a chance over any situation like this, because they were already desperate and at the bottom of the barrel... Comments like yours is the reason why I hate stupid people, and why kids grow up to be jerks and intolerant and selfish, i sure hope you dont have any kids, and if you do, that they realize their father is part of all that is wrong in this world...

Posted by Daria January 19, 10 09:32 PM

This goes for a saddeningly considerable number of people I've seen replying here so far.

If you personally don't think that praying is going to do any good, then fine, that's your thing. But don't tell those of us who do pray that we shouldn't just because YOU don't think it's going to help.

Some of the people praying already have made some kind of donation. A lot of people who are only praying don't have the means to do much else, if anything. We can't all pack up and go down there to help; it's just not possible for a lot of us to do so. And even those who are making very generous donations, or are even down there, may be praying, too. Even with giving all the help we can provide, for many of us, offering money and clothes and food and other things for physical needs is simply not enough. These people need a lot more than that. So what can we do otherwise? Wallow in despair and helplessness that we can't assist them with more than we're capable of giving?

You don't know for sure that praying is not going to help. You only think that it won't. Maybe it does. So don't reprimand those of us who ARE praying. It may be one of the only ways we can think of to try to help. Don't point fingers at us and tell us we should be doing more or better things. Some of us are already doing more; some of us are just not able to do much more. You should probably focus more on what you, yourself, can do if you're so worried about these people not getting enough, or to your mind, the right kind, of help.

Do what you can and what you think is best, but let the rest of us decide what we think is best when we try to help out, okay?

Posted by Kino January 19, 10 09:39 PM

The only thing more horrific than this suffering of human beings is Glenn Miller's comment (#242).

Posted by Glenn Miller's Mother January 19, 10 10:03 PM

Thanks to the photographers for giving us these windows onto that world!

The people who blame the Haitians for having problems AFTER A DISASTER LIKE THIS are somewhere below the guy stealing the coffin on any real moral scale.

There are criminals in every society. In Haiti, they can grab power for a whole lot of reasons. What we, the international community, need to do is help the good people in Haiti fight the criminals back into the jails where they belong.

Maybe, once we get some practice helping them do it we can apply the skills here in the US where it looks more and more like we need them.

Posted by quixote January 19, 10 10:24 PM

I'm amazed that some of you can look at these pictures with no compassion and think of nothing but how "animalistic" or "unsophisticated" you view Haitians to be — as if Americans or people of any other nationality would behave better in such a horrific situation. Correct me if I'm mistaken, but didn't the same looting and violence occur after Hurricane Katrina?

Posted by Vanzetti January 19, 10 10:24 PM

These pictures are indeed horrifying, but I’m afraid that Haiti was basket case even before the earthquake. Haiti is known as the “kidnapping center of the world”. In other words, they kidnap any person who can pay their extortion fee. Their national religion is voodoo. They practice human sacrifice and cannibalism on each other much like they did in Africa 100’s of thousands of years ago. Does this sound like a people who are capable of governing themselves? You can’t blame their criminality and total social dysfunctionality on the French either. The French didn’t impose this on them. This is total bullshit. They have been free 206 years now from the French. What have they done in the mean time?

There is nothing you can do to help these people short of giving them IQ injections. Their economy and resources combined with their reproduction numbers are way too high to sustain themselves. Haiti’s main income, if you can call it that, is aid given through NGO (Non Governmental Organizations)- Charities. Giving them unearned money only increases their numbers and dependency which increases the likelihood that another disaster will be more catastrophe than this.

Posted by Patrick January 19, 10 10:29 PM

Looting is wrong! But I understand that looting food and water is necessary when your life depends it. What I don't understand, are people stealing balls, coffins, copy paper and non life essentials. I could only conclude that it was done for the sake of stealing. Has the lawlessness in Haiti became so ingrained in their culture that it's somehow acceptable behavior.
Some would say it's okay to loot but at the end of the day it's stealing and those things belongs to someones. Horrible as the catastrophe has been, there must be some semblance of order and civility.
I haven't read about this type of behavior when the Tsunami hit banda Ache and surrounding areas in 2006. There were approximately 260,000 people that died. What I recall was people making efforts to insure that international relief was getting to the places where they were needed. There was an orderly line of people waiting for their turn to receive food, water and other necessities.
I feel sorry for the loss of life but these type of behavior is unnecessary and will only make the international aid effort more difficult. I've been trough a couple of disaster from earthquakes to category six hurricanes. A lot of people died but I have never seen massive stealing of other people properties. I don't know if it is inherent in the Haitian people to behave with impunity to the law of the land or these people believe that since they don't have those things, they might as well steal it.
I hope my donations goes to the people that need it.

Posted by P. Fuentes January 19, 10 10:59 PM

President of Haiti should be ashamed of himself. How can you
let anyone be buried in a ditch. The USA should step in and take over Haiti. Fire the Haiti President and give these human beings a decent burial. This is outragious and wrong. I can't believe these pictures.
Back to the picture ithat is so disturbing. The Haiti's had the nerve
to bury women showing some of their private parts. This is shameful
, evil, no respect for humans, indecent, etc.....

Posted by Elaine January 19, 10 11:03 PM

I agree that this is a horrible disaster which brings out the worst in people and it is important that we provide some assistance. It would be much easier for me to swallow if we weren't squandering trillions of dollars fighting wars around the planet during the worst recession we've endured in decades. I despise the holier than thou attitudes of so many people who expect the USA to shell out what I'm sure will end up being another trillion dollars that we don't have, helping Haiti recover from a natural disaster because we are a "rich" nation. I wish the Haitian people all the best, but I definitely don't feel rich after working my butt off for decades only to have my hard earned tax dollars spread around the globe without even asking me, while my standard of living is in decline. (I know, I know, I still have food, water and shelter, unlike many Haitians) I'm lucky!

Posted by Jonny Juan January 19, 10 11:13 PM

I totally agree with comment 342. Haiti was a mess of a country before with people proud to be thugs and brutes.

HOWEVER, the earthquake is a separate issue and it's not about politics, God or the Devil. It's a natural disaster and the world is doing the right thing by coming to its aid.

After the initial clean-up is over, it's going to be up to Haiti to mend itself. It's a wake-up call for their government to start investing in education.

Do I think that will happen? Nope, not for a second. But we need to help them, because to turn a blind eye to this suffering would make us no better than animals.

Posted by R January 19, 10 11:28 PM

I must say that we shall cooperate and help Haiti.
I'm dominican and we're doing everything we can to help them.
Please everyone do what your heart tells you.

Posted by Elena Vasquez January 19, 10 11:51 PM

This is a bad world.

Posted by Vili January 19, 10 11:55 PM

Photo Journalists are the custodians of conscience.

Posted by KT January 20, 10 12:03 AM

"Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him....

Posted by Lynn January 20, 10 12:13 AM

god works in strange ways? are you f-cking kidding me? what sort of god would do this? what reality are you living in? i dont know what sort of delusional cloud you exist under, but I really can't imagine any sort of almighty, just God that would inflict this much pain, suffering, and unexplainable horror on this many people... If there is a God, speak to this nonbeliever directly. Explain what these thousands of people did to deserve such a cruel, ugly death. Explain all of the atrocities you've inflicted upon the innocent, good people who have devoted their lives to you. explain why you take people away like this. explain why children are lying dead on the street in Haiti.

Posted by christine huang January 20, 10 12:22 AM

this is terrible. God please help..

Posted by tanvir January 20, 10 01:25 AM

Thank you for documenting this.

Posted by Tyler January 20, 10 01:53 AM

"There by the grace of God go I!" Nothing is more sobering, more revealing than seeing these pictures. I have only sorrow and I ask God to bring peace to the heart of all Haitians. As for "what have they done for us lately" attitudes of some of these comments....well, I'm actually praying for you even more. Just sit back in your fancy warm homes and eat and watch the devastation and make your comments known here. God is always watching you whether you acknowledge HIM or not. You prefer to tease a starving man rather than help with crumbs. You could never stand alone and you would never understand. For those that believe there is a God, we just don't ever give up! God is great. He receives us, and gathers us together to perform his works. God is always near.....I know those that lie lifeless are in HIS perfect presence.

Posted by Harlyn January 20, 10 02:49 AM

My Thoughts and Prayers are with the People of Haiti!!!! HELP HAITI...

Posted by Sarah January 20, 10 03:15 AM

250 Elizabeth; I couldn't agree more.

Posted by Stephanie January 20, 10 03:20 AM

I agree with what Elizabeth said here. In my opinion the positives as well as the negatives should be shown considering that's what journalism is about anyways. I believe the spirit of these Haitians in overcoming this obstacle in their lives right now could be shown as well. What of those mothers who lost their children and how are they coping with it? What of those who are orphaned? We do know there are massive riots and looting going on, but despite that, there are also people who refuse to give up on life and make the best out of their situation without resorting to looting or violence. What about those people?

Posted by Trinna January 20, 10 03:22 AM

it sadens me seein ol thos epeople sufferin and i wish there ws a way i cld heart aches each tym i see these pictures n listen to e news.if there was a way for me to get there and help i whole heartedly wld go.i don hav much to offer but i feel obliged to help...may God be with ol e lost souls and for ol the survivors my heart is with you.
if an extra help is needed i am mo than willin to go and help out its unfortunate there is no Haiten embasy here in Zimbabwe.
My prayers are with you ol

Posted by Pardon jonas January 20, 10 04:13 AM

Let's pray and contribute for the cause. They need us all.

Posted by Naveen January 20, 10 04:27 AM

#344 said "President of Haiti should be ashamed of himself. How can you
let anyone be buried in a ditch."

Sadly the bodies need to be buried (or burned) rather quickly before they start to spread disease. I can't imagine there are enough morgues (or other places where you can keep corpses cold enough) in a place that is so completely destroyed as Haiti. The same thing happened after the tsunami 2004. It's a neccessary evil.

Posted by Nici January 20, 10 04:30 AM

The UK has donated almost as much 10 banker’s annual bonuses to Haiti.

£20,000,000 - amount UK government donate to Haiti (
£2,860,000- RBS Chief Exec Fred Goodwin's tax payer supported bonus (
£20,000,000,000 - amount UK government has donated to the RBS bank.

Posted by mentletv January 20, 10 05:40 AM

May the Lord God help the Haitians

Posted by Dr Johnson January 20, 10 05:41 AM

Stop talking and start doing. Prayer isn't doing. Prayer is fake. You can either help, get others to help, or just pretend to do something (pray). Get off your a-- and do something or shut up! These people need HELP, not prayers.

Posted by Heather January 20, 10 06:05 AM

Mi mas Pésame sincero al pueblo de Haití viendo estas fotos me inunda el dolor y el nudo de la garganta me ahoga

Posted by Satur January 20, 10 08:44 AM

Don't call for god. If he is so powerful, how come this kind of things happen??
Let's cut the crap and aid this people. people need food, water, medical assistance, and they need this whole world to be more even to every single human being. Haiti had nothing, now they have less than nothing.
and the americans are all concerned about a terrorist attack! 200.000 dead people.. stop wars, and lets begin doing something for real, not just pretend that we care. we are all the same.. humans. No religion, no political views, no nothing sets us apart. We are all the same. we need to act and do it now. and in regards to comment 345, you have that standard because this people have nothing. your country and other powerful nations, fight for power not caring for the whole world. The human race is unfortunately, selfish and avaricious, and the governments, are all corrupts. we are destroying ourselves, fighting among ourselves, for nothing but power and money. Get all the troops from Middle East and send themn to aid this people (right.. let middle east recover control over oil..) face it. the human race is coming to an end.

Posted by pocopelo January 20, 10 08:52 AM

Increidble, this is very Sad.

Posted by Christian January 20, 10 08:56 AM

It is a sad day when people are talking about whether or not the haitians should get help. Wake up this is a disaster and the world should come together and help. What makes the USA such a great place is all the different nationalities and cultures that we have received. Yes and that includes HAITI, People are people and should be treated as so, Lets stop being ignorant and start acting like humans. And for those of you that think you have it all take a good look at HAITI. It may be you one day......

Posted by Vivian Hamilton January 20, 10 09:04 AM

It is really heart breaking news. humanity also going to be died because of peoples selfishness.

Posted by THIYAGU January 20, 10 09:18 AM

Iam getting confused here,has Haiti been hit by another quake on wednesday?

Posted by Ronald Odhiambo January 20, 10 09:18 AM

Terrible tragedia la de Haití, Le pido a Dios los ayude a superar esta agonía y sufrimiento a todos aquiellas personas que fueron bendecidos con mantenerse vivos. Realmente pido a Dios que los ayude a concientizarse y a tratar de solucionar los problemas que ya tienes lejos de aumentarlos con los saqueos y la violencia que éstan generando, que piensen en los pequeños y jóvenes que todavía pueden levantar el futuro de Haití, Si creen que Dios hizo esto y fué cruel, veanse ustedes mismos Haitianos como se comportan con la tragedia que los ha desvastado...los veo más crueles y desmedidos, las imágenes reflejan más de lo que mis ojos pueden apreciar..Los culpables de los desastres naturales somos nosotros mismos por no cuidar nuestro planeta, por contribuir a la destrucción de nuestra capa de osono y atraer todas las energías fuertemente peligrosas del cosmo! Digan no a la contaminación, digan No a las Armas Nucleares, Digan No a las asquerosas pruebas bioquímicas que hacen solo para la autodestrucción..bla..bla...Nos tenemos que defender de quien? de la misma humanidad?...hechenle cabeza...

Posted by nancy jimenez January 20, 10 09:25 AM

For all those waving the flag, acting all high and mighty about how horrible the looting is and how these people are not doing anything to help themselves I have two simple words:


Now stop talking nonsense and have some compassion you fools.

Posted by Pingoo January 20, 10 09:36 AM

this is to josh ignorant for you to say something like that....Haiti is poor counrty and they did not have the means to help during Hurricane Katrina...that does not mean that we should not help them...these poeple have nothing...why shouldn't we help

Posted by DB January 20, 10 09:57 AM

There is looting, even in disaster situations. A spade is a spade. The taking of goods from another despite not having an immediate need for it and knowing you wouldn't be able to afford it if things where different. Electronics, toys, other peoples stuff (an occupied coffin, other people's camp set ups), breaking into stores that haven't been damaged or ones that don't carry items that would help you survive. All actions that otherwise would be seen as stealing. Looters tend to be organized in groups, will use force and are after items that can benefit them in the short or long run, items they think they want, not items they need. Looters tend to be armed but not all armed people are looters.

Of course, in a broken economy, it could be argued that looting is also about survival. Due to the material nature of our world, one item can be traded for another. What items can you trade for time on a cell phone charger or a bottle of water?

Then there is scavenging. The taking of goods found abandoned or from damaged and destroyed structures; goods that are required for survival, food, clothing, cloth, water, sanitation and health items. Of course some would call this stealing as well.

But then again, it's quite easy for us all to talk about this from a comfortable distance. The reality is that in Haiti there are scavengers and there are looters. And sometimes it can be the same person. Lets hope most of us never find ourselves in a world where we have to be one or run into the other.

Posted by Maria January 20, 10 10:00 AM

Some people say it's not the Lord who is going to help, but our donations. It is written in the Bible "faith without works is dead". It is also written "a new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another" - that is: if Christ gave His life for us, then the same thing we should do. So if God gives us everything we have, our life and our posessions, and gives us love to care for and help the ones in need, how can one say prayer to the Lord isn't going to help?
I have no money, but I will continue to pray for Haiti...and I am ready to go there if they need me there. If God wants me there.

Posted by Emmanuel January 20, 10 10:08 AM

Talk about praying all you like but honestly, is praying going to actually give these people water or protect them from the police's bullets as they struggle to survive. I cannot believe anyone is talking about the United State's debt? I do not think I have heard a more selfish perspective on what is obviously a situation impossible to imagine unless one is faced with such a polarised version of adversity. That sort of self serving doctrine is what is wrong with our planet. One can only offer whatever time and/or money they have to try and minimise the incredible impact of such a devastating event.
Kia Kaha Haiti.

Posted by Joe Dowling January 20, 10 10:11 AM

By the way #311..
Capitalism is not about forming a line and passing a bucket of water, capitalism is about grabbing a rock smashing a window and taking all you can. This world cannot be organised into coherent forms of government, we have already seen this in action so why on earth would you try and relate such a ridiculous theoretical ideology to such an situation which is so clearly abstract from anything you have ever known.
#250 has definitely got far more insight than most of the people posting opinions and buying their milk.

Posted by Joe Dowling January 20, 10 10:34 AM

I agree with #308

The sad truth about Haiti isn’t simply that it is poor, but that it has a poverty culture. Yes, it has had awful luck. Absolutely, it has been exploited, abused, and betrayed ever since its days as a slave colony. So, if it alleviates Western guilt to say that Haiti’s poverty stems entirely from a legacy of racism and colonialism, fine. But Haiti has been independent and the poorest country in the hemisphere for a long time.

Even if blame lies everywhere except among the victims themselves, it doesn’t change the fact that Haiti will never get out of grinding poverty until it abandons much of its culture.

When Haitians leave Haiti for the U.S. they get richer almost overnight. This isn’t simply because wages are higher here or welfare payments more generous. Coming to America is a cultural leap of faith, physically and psychologically. Arnold Kling and Nick Schulz note in their phenomenal new book, From Poverty to Prosperity, that low-skilled Mexican laborers become 10 to 20 times more productive simply by crossing the border into the United States. William Lewis, former director of the McKinsey Global Institute, found that illiterate, non-English-speaking Mexican agricultural laborers in the U.S. were four times more productive than the same sorts of laborers in Brazil.

Why? Because American culture not only expects hard work, but teaches the unskilled how to work hard.

Posted by Jonah January 20, 10 10:42 AM




Posted by alee martinez January 20, 10 10:47 AM

je n ai pas de mot pour définir ce que je ressents en voyant ces images et celles de la télé.....
c est insoutenable...
je n ai jamais vu un tel désastre .........
Merci à tous les secours qui sont sur place....

ma fille qui travaille dans l humanitaire part jeudi ou vendredi pour aider là bas
je souhaite de toutes mes forces qu elle puisse venir en aide à tous ces malheureux.

Posted by Liliane Routier January 20, 10 10:58 AM

This is extremely upsetting : (

Posted by Karla January 20, 10 11:09 AM

"Let them help themselves. Did the Haitians help the US after 9/11, or Katrina?
Posted by Josh January 19, 10 02:11 PM"

@Josh: I can't follow you. This earthquake in Haiti is so bad and heartbreaking. Thousands of people lost their life or had to see when people from their family died. The streets are covered with dead bodies, it stinks of corpses and there is no food or drink.
Imagine you are in such a situation. Imagine you have to bear this misery. Would you still think in this way?
I'm sure, you won't. Let us pray together for the people in Haiti and for the voluntary field help.

Posted by Juliana January 20, 10 11:16 AM

this is a human issue. i am so sad that anyone could find this to be a forum to discuss the 'villafication of america' or 'god's wrath'. this has nothing to do with politics or religious viewpoints. where's the compassion from one human to another. how can one feel victimized by other's view of america or about money spent or not spent, about who deserves to be 'saved' or not 'saved' when we sit so comfortably at our computers when others don't have any water or quite frankly, limited air as they lay buried under what remains of their home. it is a human issue. one can have no idea how one might respond until we've spent some time in other's shoes.
how can i say this delicately...we need to get our heads out of our 'egos' and open up our hearts - shall we.

Posted by sharon picasso January 20, 10 11:20 AM

You can really see the true character of the people by how they behave after a devastating catastrophe. Whether it's Haiti or New Orleans, civility goes out the door and lawlessness prevails. It's a shame that a portion of the population willfully participated in breaking the law by looting, stealing, robbing under the pretense that it's okay because there was an earthquake.

Haiti has been a basket case for a very long time. You can place most of the blame on the ruling elite who lives a lavish lifestyle while the rest of the people go hungry. No one can say that the United States and other nation failed in supporting Haiti because hundreds of millions of dollars are given every year to pump into Haiti's infrastructure and economy without discernible impact. So where did the money go??
Haiti reminds me of Africa. Most of the nation in that continent is exactly like Haiti. The rest of the world pump billions of dollars and still unable to bring their country(s) out of poverty.
I will not make any remarks about how people of African descent are sociologically lacking in moral, and ethical standards because someone here will brand me a racist. That's for academia to debate although I still believe that there must me some semblance of truth to that.
I doubt if Haiti will ever come out of poverty or even become a productive member of nations, not until the socio-economic problems are dealt with and leadership that can actually do some good for the people not just immediate families and friends.
In a couple of months, everything will go back to normal and Haiti will still be poor and lawlessness and corruption will still be part of life.

Posted by P. Noble January 20, 10 11:50 AM

I don't claim to be particularly informed on this matter, especially with respect to the amount of aid being given by each nation but the fact is the US is the closest powerful nation that has the ability to give aid. So it isn't surprising that it has given more than other countries further afield as the US can do a lot more just by being closer. I think it's unfair to act as though the US and Canada are the only countries contributing any meaningful support and that this is always the case with natural disasters. The fact is, the US is the most powerful country in the world and is better placed to provide most help. Would the same be the case if Haiti were on the other side of the world? I honestly don't know but I don't think you should devalue the financial and physical support that is given by other countries as if it matters where the help comes from. Most people I know have donated money to this cause and I'm sure our government is doing the same, as well as providing aid.
As Americans, you should be proud that your country is doing so much for those in need. To suggest that you are the only country helping is arrogance and to complain that aid is given when you’re in debt is pure selfishness. Money you’ve worked hard for being given away without your consent? Do you really think that wealth is directly proportional to how hard you work? Clearly most Haitians are just lazy that's why they live in poverty then. As for acting “barbarically”, I would be willing to bet that the same thing would happen in any developed country in the world. You should stop talking as if you are better than them and would act any differently. Stop preaching about your country's problems (as if you're the only one who has them) and looking down at the rest of us as if we aren’t helping at all and give some money instead.
NB I am not, in any way, aiming this at all American people who have posted. Just those who have these narrow-minded points of view.

Posted by Tom January 20, 10 11:54 AM

Where was" the merciful,compasionate God in all this nightmare "Why did he let it happein if he is almighty ??? What is ...........
...even more sickening is that when the rebuilding starts; without a thought that the plate tectonic of the region is going to remain the same; so re-building house in the same style as before will be just as un- wise as it can get !! It will be only a matter of time before the heavy blocks of concrete rain on the poor people again; killing more thousands. What is needed now is a complete re-thinking about building structures and materials in this region, inorder to avoid future similar tragidies.

Posted by Dr.E. Stockwell January 20, 10 12:02 PM

The Island of Hispanola (Haiti portion specifically) was the location of the first Europeon settlement post Columbus. Christopher Columbus started the settlement of Navidad there during his first voyage. Although the settlement did not survive, the Spanish did create future settlements there. The Spanish mistreated and took advantage of the native peoples there from day one. The Spanish later brought black people to the island from Africa and severely abused them also. Since then the people of Haiti have suffered many abuses of peoples of Europeon decent. Those of Europeon decent became rich do to their exploitation of the Hatians. The Hatians were the first black nation to gain independence and freedom from Europeon rule. They organized the independence themselves. It is extremely difficult to recover from those years of abuse. So imagine how you would feel if you were a Haitian, suffering from the abuses of the past and working with limited resources, and hearing American's complaining about never helping Americans. Makes those Americans sound like spoiled rich children who only give a damn about themselves.

these people might feel if they were to read

Posted by Elizabeth, Sheridan, WY January 20, 10 12:03 PM

Qué tragedia... he de esperar que toda la ayuda enviada y que se seguirá enviando sea bien distribuida, por los niños, por todos esos seres humanos que son nuestros hermanos. Fuerza Haití, que Dios los acompañe y nos guíe para ayudarlos de la mejor manera.

Posted by Eva María Araneda January 20, 10 12:14 PM

Unless you are one of the victims, you have NO IDEA what you would do if it were you in that situation. It's all well and good for us to sit at our computers and judge the Haitian people for what they are doing - but it all comes down to the fact that we are not there.Why do we always assume the worst about people?

Posted by Alexis January 20, 10 12:20 PM

The racism and ignorance here in some of these comments is absolutely outrageous. Do we think that we would behave any better if we found ourselves suddenly homeless without any food or support for days at a time? What if it were your child/parent/ sibling lying at your feet dead without any aid or help??

Posted by Monica R January 20, 10 12:23 PM

We saw on CNN that Israel sends an IDF sophisticated makeshift hospital form other side of the globe to help earthquake victims even it doesn’t have an ambassador in Haiti.
The state of Israel and the Jewish people are willing to help anywhere assistance is accepted in order to save lives and spread sympathy around the world.
I'm asking, where are rescue delegations of any Muslim countries? Did you see any? Why we have them in news only on negative occasions?

Posted by Said El-Hage January 20, 10 01:06 PM

Haiti needs to take a playbook out of the big San Fransisco Earthquake and fire. Martial Law was declared and all able bodied citizens were organized into work parties. Men were divide into rescue, fire suppression and orderly work.
Women were told to report for nursing, child care and food preparation.
Soup Kitchens were set up and the people who were working doing what needed to be done were fed first.Rioting and looters were shot on site.
The roads need to be cleared, rubble pulled away, and bodies buried.
and children need to be fed. IF the citizens are not doing that and helping they don't eat. San Fransisco really did not get any major help until they started to rebuild.
This disaster is directly a curse of the history of French sexually laze fare, Medevil anit family planning by Catholics, and Republicans who refuse to allow family planning and massive distribution of birth control. Haiti is the result and its just the tip of the ice-burg.The United Nations has let this problem cascade around the world.One of the only good things the Communist Chinese did and have done is to come to an understanding of in order to survive and flourish they had to severely curb over population.The right wingers and Catholics condemned them for it with
"How dare you dictate to people how big their families should be. The quality of life has steadily risen in China in no little measure because of just this one policy.
Make no mistake about it over population is a tool to keep massive amounts of people poor so the rich can get richer and the poor poorer, and always in desperate need of what they are selling.Poor people desperately struggling to survive are exhausted, they have no extra time for education or organization. Billy Preston had it right, "Something from nothing is nothing".
People in the west are greatly dismayed when folks turn to socialism and communism, what do you expect when they are not given the tools like birth control, running water, and a stable supply of food. This is stuff we take for granted every day. I for one would like to see Haiti fixed once and for all before we start allocating money to put the fortune into putting Men back on the Moon or Mars.
While you want to characterize the wars on terrorism strictly as Muslim extreme fundamentalism.Other than the rich leadership like Osama, to the people who are actually doing the fighting, the reality is, very much a war of haves and have nots. Within the Muslim enclaves you sell your allegiance for profit. Extreme poverty breeds everything we dont like and looking at the numbers we are not doing much to correct it.

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Posted by Julius January 20, 10 02:08 PM

I think everyone should agree that #299 (Josh) and Glenn Millers comment are among the stupidest and most selfish things anyone can say. Out of all the people I have ever met in my life, these two are probably the dumbest. With the intelligence of a mosquito, and not any mosquito, the tiny baby mosquitoes that fly in endless circles, I hope you do not procreate and leave the world with more stupid mosquitoes.

Someone up there said that people who pray should stop, and then someone said that people who don't pray should not judge the people who do, and vice versa; that is a very concise way of putting that to an end.

For those who don't understand religion, saying where is god? How could he let this happen? Clearly that is a sign of ignorance, basic judgment, and proof that they know nothing about the worlds religions; duhhh read a book.

A lot of people who make condescending remarks to the people in Haiti, have obviously never thought about how fortunate they are to live in a good country, where we (ALL OF US) can look at pictures on our computer and comment like I'm doing, about the situation in Haiti, and pass judgment.

As I'm sure soon enough all our lives will continue and this will just be another disaster for the history, I hope all, even myself, learn to remember, reflect, and appreciate our comfort.

Posted by Aamir Asgarali January 20, 10 02:16 PM

trajedia conmovedora .... fotos espectaculares

Posted by ericca Galviz January 20, 10 02:19 PM

Comment #242 should be removed. What a hateful, disgusting "human being" you are, Glen Miller.

God Bless the people of Haiti, no one deserves this tragedy.

Posted by May January 20, 10 02:31 PM

Este es uno de los momentos en que podemos probar que todos somos hermanos.

Posted by Jose Rivas January 20, 10 02:55 PM

teddy roosevelt sent the marines there to keep the peace, since they left it's been one crooked leader after another.These poeple need the marines back, and a chance for real change in their lives.

Posted by mike webster January 20, 10 03:00 PM

Natural Occurrence, Man-made disaster. FOR EVERYONE that is QUICK to criticize, SLOW to praise.
READ the History of Haiti, SURVIVE a quake, go without food, water, basic medical care, RENDER and EXPERIENCE emergency response, WITNESS the abuse of disaster funds THEN YOU can type an educated comment.
Poverty comes from poor Government.
IF the reporters would have passed out food, water and provided care instead of producing SENSATIONALISM progress would have happened a lot quicker.
Maybe the US Gov't should take down THEIR tower, pack up THEIR crew/s and let the world sit back and watch what happens then.
THE HAITIAN PRESIDENT, PRIME MINISTER, UNITED NATIONS & WFP are responsible for today's situation NOT the US Gov't.

Posted by S.Swift January 20, 10 03:05 PM


You must be kiddin.... Right ?

Posted by Thijs January 20, 10 03:08 PM

Everytime we try to help. Still we are critisized. Never fails

Posted by sick of it all January 20, 10 03:13 PM

God, save them. Thank you so much for the Army!

Posted by Steve January 20, 10 03:29 PM

For those of you who blames America for one thing or another about this tragedy, just look who are actually donating monies and supply to Haiti.,2933,583461,00.html

I take offense to people saying derogatory comments about America because for every disaster anywhere in the world, America is always there to help. I love my country although we are not perfect all the time, we are always willing to help those who are in need and what do with get in return? Bad mouthing and terrorism!
Thanks for nothing!

Posted by Peter M January 20, 10 03:53 PM

Dear Tom (#384),
Again, with the holier than thou attitude. You are taking many statements out of context. I am with you on providing humanitarian aid where needed but not with you if it drags us further and further into recession. It is not the fact that we are providing aid to Haiti, I am just frustrated with the overall out of control spending that our government is currently undertaking. I would gladly trade the cost of war for aid to Haiti if I could. Call me selfish if you want, but I have many friends and family members currently unemployed, bankrupt and, yes, homeless. So you are right about one thing, wealth is not directly proportional to hard work as these are hard working people who have lost their jobs and are also struggling on a day to day basis. I have donated to help Haiti and, if I could, I would gladly go there and lend a hand.

Posted by Jonny Juan January 20, 10 04:15 PM

None of this is about America or capitalism. It is not the Haitian peoples' fault that their country struggles. Rather, it is their determination to survive that allowed the Haitian people to become the first people to successfully throw off the bonds of slavery and unjust oppression. Instead of looking to "America" as the generous donor helping a people who cannot or do not help themselves, we must look at Haiti as a historical phenomenon of a people who simply do not have the natural resources that are necessary to found a stable and prosperous democracy. These pictures show the agony of humanity and send out a call for people around the globe to help but also to understand their plight, not as ignorant people but as those who were not blessed with either a peaceful history or an abundance of natural resources.

Posted by Chandra D January 20, 10 04:21 PM

mi mas sentido pesamen a esta pueblo lleno de penurias...DIOS NO CASTIGUEMAS A ESTE PUEBLO!!! si estamos en tu manos, no permitas que SUFRAN MAS!!

inpactante las imagenes....

Posted by JuanE January 20, 10 04:22 PM

@351 - you asked, and as long as you have ears to hear, you will.

Posted by friend January 20, 10 04:37 PM

Photo 36: Uhhh, where is that boat heading?

Posted by kevjohn January 20, 10 04:45 PM

Re #390, are there any help teams from Muslim countries?

Well, just offhand, I've seen several reports about the Turkish teams.

Posted by quixote January 20, 10 04:46 PM

Six days. Any healthy human could survive 6 days but fear and greed, lack of faith in God, or life, or goodness, or hope that others will help prompt men to behave badly. This is a lesson for all of us. It happened in New Orleans, India, the Philippines, in Mexico and other places around the world.

I recall reading about a woman in New York who made sandwiches and took them to Ground Zero everyday while the mess was being cleaned up. The world needs more people like her.

May all who are there to help be blessed. The rest of us can pray, meditate, send good thoughts, visualize peace. It looks like support is coming from all corners of the globe. Let the critics whine; it's a crisis, action is being taken, it's hard, messy, sad, time critical work. It takes time, effort and resources and it looks like things are moving forward. Peace.

Posted by Carolynne January 20, 10 05:27 PM

I'm with you 299

Posted by Ted Kennedy January 20, 10 05:55 PM

Don't pray for Haití. Let's do something.
I think everyone of us can do really donate something.
Stand up and help Haiti.

Posted by Maria January 20, 10 06:37 PM

These photographs are incredible.

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Posted by CARLOS January 20, 10 07:08 PM

It certainly is easy for people to judge the actions of the people in haiti, while sipping a lattes, using a flush toilet, drinking potable water, eating your big mac, watching your cable, not having some crazy barbarian dictator and his son completely destroy the psychology and spirit of a peoples for many generations...

The people you see in these photos aren't hoodlums. They are the product of many, many years of absolute abhorrent dictatorial rule. They are uneducated. They are desperate. They are afraid. They are unfortunate enough to have lived through a natural disaster of which the magnitude is something that in your wildest dreams you could never comprehend.

Those who judge should be ashamed of themselves. Especially b/c I'm willing to bet the 90% of you are 'christians'. You make me sick.

I am praying for peace. And safe passage for those who died.


Posted by christopher james bishop January 20, 10 07:20 PM

I hate the way people see photographs of mobs of looters and then jump to conclusions about the moral character of Haitian people, and go even further to state they are disrespectful thieves who deserve no help. It is a complicated situation. Unless you have been in a desperate situation like this, you can't judge people for how they react. It is the same way people chose to react to images of looters in New Orleans. They saw some looters and wanted to make an emotional connection between chaos, poverty, thievery and race.

The looting problem has been over-represented in this photographic journal. Looting is not the only thing going on in Haiti right now, and most people with an internet connection can't even imagine what being a poor Haitian is like when a massive earthquake destroys your desperately marginalized city. What about all the young men who are trying to find food and water and medical help for their families? Maybe some are looting for that very reason. I hate it when comfortable people see poor people trying to survive on news channels and make moral judgements. These moral judgements reveal racism in most cases.

Posted by Nick Adams January 20, 10 07:49 PM

These photos were amazing! It is hard to believe how intense the destruction of the earthquake really is. It is also difficult to think about how there are people getting shot at for stealing things. I wish there was a way to better organize all of the people there so that problems with looters and hostile store owners wouldn't have to occur so often. It doesn't really help the situation.

Posted by savanna January 20, 10 08:59 PM

Re: 344 In a disaster of this scope it is hard if not impossible to give everyone a decent burial...mass graves are unfortunate but are a needed thing in order to prevent disease and mass gatherings of vermin such as rats. If it somehow offends your sensibilities to hear of this or see this, think of the alternative: thousands of bloated decomposing corpses lying around while every survivor stops trying to find food, water, and medical aid so that they may build coffins with non existent wood...legions of rats eating the corpses for the enjoyment of TV viewers worldwide...

I agree their president is no good, but I doubt very much that he wanted to perform mass interments. They have occured in every major disaster.

Perhaps we should concentrate on assisting rather than indicting others for nature's behavior and the aftermaths.

Posted by Brian January 20, 10 09:24 PM

we are praying for all of you

Posted by l.d and k.z January 20, 10 09:45 PM

Seeing the picture of the mass grave just tore my heart out. Those people are children of God...and that they would be thrown together to be buried just breaks my heart. I realize that rescuers and all those who put those bodies in the mass grave are just doing the best they can to clean up the city, but it still hurts me to see it.

Posted by beccawatts January 20, 10 09:54 PM

If you can't give money, then pray. If you don't pray, then either start, or hope for the people to learn what is right and wrong in these times!

Posted by spazzywolfgirl January 20, 10 10:42 PM

May the God help the Haitians

Posted by ray January 20, 10 11:07 PM

hooooooo Dios apiadate de los Haitianos

Posted by Isaias January 20, 10 11:27 PM

Natures way of attempting to relieve the pressure ever so slightly.
Doesn't mean I'm not sympathetic to their plight - just that I'm a realist.

Posted by Trevor January 20, 10 11:40 PM

I am praying for Haiti, and for those of you who say that prayer can't bring food and water to those who need it, you don't know my God.

Posted by Lindsay January 21, 10 01:05 AM


Posted by faith January 21, 10 01:12 AM

It doesn't matter that it happened in Haiti. Even a little infrastructure can't prevent the worst of human nature to surface, given the proper conditions. There's no moral, no message and little to learn after this.

Posted by Gary H. January 21, 10 04:09 AM

prayer is useless!!!!

medicines, food, water, shelter etc.
praying nothing monads..

Posted by Ximi January 21, 10 05:08 AM

Que Deus ajude o povo do Haiti e alivie suas dorespor tantas perdas. Que o homem tente reconstruir as cidades afetadas pelos terremotos. Ficamos indignados com estas grandes tragédias que estão acontecendo ao redor do mundo e ficamos assustados imaginando que poderá acontecer em qualquer lugar a qualquer momento. Gostaria nas grandes conferencias mundiais entre os presidentes e governos pudessem ser tomadas atitudes mais rápidas para salvar nosso planeta. Acredito que se continuar da vida que vivemos, não haverá 300 anos à frente... QUE DEUS NOS ABENÇOE!

Posted by Claudia Castaldelli Correa January 21, 10 05:36 AM

Stop fighting and keep helping

Posted by InbaMontana January 21, 10 05:50 AM

People do not need imaginary beings (gods) and self delusions (prayers). People need food and water. No god could give them that kind of things, that's why praying is just time waster.

Posted by MaikUniversum January 21, 10 05:51 AM

I am sending one dollar for every word I type. Perhaps we all should do the same. This would eliminate many of the senseless comments received from hypocritical people. Like my Father use to say, "Put up or shut up."

Posted by Mitch January 21, 10 06:43 AM

Tu Bóg nic nie zrobi jesli sami sobie nie pomo¿emy Bo Gdyby istnia³ Bóg do takiej tragedii nie Powinno dojœæ Bo có¿ Winni S¹ ludzie Którzy go czcz¹ i uznaj¹ przecie¿ tam zginêli ludzie wierz¹cy nic nie Winni gdzie takim w razie mi³osierdzie boskie gdzie umi³owanie cz³owieka to wszystko ob³uda i wymys³ Ksiê¿y kosztem naszym ¿yj¹cych otwórzcie oczy i Zobaczcie ich wille zamkii ¿ycie ponad stan biedny nie ma za co ¿yæ a ksi¹dz je¿dzi w Tym w Czasie po œwiecie z dala od SWOICH wiernych ¿eby go nie widzieli Co robi, dla nich mniej wiêcej dlo nas zobaczcie czy koœció³ pomaga bo narazie o pomocy z ich strony nie

Posted by s³ysza³em anawet gdyby by³a to przecie¿ to nasze pieni¹dze anie wziête z ich bogactwa ob³uda i zak³ January 21, 10 07:03 AM

get well haiti

Posted by Anonymous January 21, 10 07:32 AM

estamos ayudando demasiado y vamos a seguir ayudando

Posted by genesis y candy January 21, 10 07:57 AM

#416: I liked your comment. I have come to the conclusion that we are no different than the Haitians, and certainly not immune to destruction and suffering any more than anyone else.
It is good to remember that Haiti is home to many, many Christians who have given up their lives to serve the poor and hurting. They, and the Haitians that praise God in the middle of this tragedy, are the true example of Christianity.

Posted by CHeart January 21, 10 08:57 AM

#299, how sad can this comment be... for people like this pathetic and selfish guy the world is sometimes such a helpless place. Lucky for you Josh it is very easy to judge people siting over there with your nice computer, eating your 4 meals a day. Why don't you open your mind a little bit more and take a look at map and see how many other countries are around the globe apart from your beloved US.

Posted by Agostina January 21, 10 08:58 AM

For a moment I wonder if this nature disasters happens to sensiblize people... to make more clear to us that there are another world out there besides all the news we r use to see every day... USA and the economic crisis that concerns to all because now traveling will not be as easy... or buying clothes... and gee... these people on top of the top of the worst comes more!!! WTF! Forget about boundaries.. is really about human topic here, suffering is suffering, kids are kids, i dunno.. this is just beyond of what I could conceive!

Posted by Maya Reitman January 21, 10 10:06 AM

337 if you didn't know the U.S. is in debt. Do i believe the U.S. should help Haiti? Yes but more countries should've helped us during 911 or Katrina. Im tired of us kissing everyones asses and we get nothing in return we help Iraq overthrow the government, we helped southeast Asia with the Tsunami and now we help Haiti. Like I said we should help people but we need to get some help from other countries too.

Posted by Eric January 21, 10 10:06 AM

may god be with his people.

Posted by amber clayton January 21, 10 10:52 AM

Patrick, you only know about them independent from Frenches for 200 years but you seem know nothing about what US did to them in past 200 years. Study.

Posted by Julian January 21, 10 11:24 AM

God help them.

Posted by Valerie January 21, 10 11:34 AM

Dear God, Father and Savior,

I pray to you that your light will shine upon the people of Haiti and all of the people you have flocked there to help. Please walk with them and guide them through this horrifying catastrophic event, that aid may reach them all swiftly and appropriately. Bless those hands and hearts that are helping so many in this great time of need. Bring a calmness, order and peace throughout the world, that those not of faith bite their tongues instead of spewing their darkness upon the face of the earth and making a severely devastating disaster even more so. I pray that everyone comes together in spite of their differences and beliefs in this great time of need, that all differences can be laid aside for the greater need of mankind. ALL are our Brothers and Sisters who are in need. Allow the world to see how great God's Love is regardless of the few who feel it is necessary to "try" to darken the spirits of others with their hatred against God and of the different races of mankind; allow them to see that we are all one. Open their eyes and hearts and allow love, compassion, and light to enter into their souls. Allow them to see to work of God and that the bitterness of others will not withstand in this time. I pray for great mercy for the Haitians, that this event will not be the end of their time, but instead the beginning of the new Haiti.

In Jesus's name I pray this in, AMEN!

Posted by unityofall January 21, 10 11:34 AM

I would never wish a disaster of this magnitude on my worst enemy. I am shocked and appalled at some of the comments posted. The sheer ignorance and cruelty exhibited is outrageous. Comment 342 is ridiculous, Haiti has many of political issues but those have nothing to do with the issue at hand, attacking a people faced with such distress is horrifying. Comment 344 is plain stupid, how in the hell is the president supposed to bury thousands of people dummy? A mass grave is the only way to bury thousands of people, the dead pose a serious health risk to the living, this is how burials are conducted in any country faced with a massive amount of deaths. I think it's horrible that the police are killing people for looting, at this time of need food and water and other essentials that could be used should be used. Many of those shop owners died in the quake. I pray that I never have to go through anything of this nature and continue to pray for the courage, strength and resilience of the Haitian people. I do acknowledge that there are more people doing good than those who aren't doing anything, give thanks for that.

Posted by Mwagale January 21, 10 11:55 AM

Horrible pictures! This is what happens when poverty and lack of good government happen when disaster strikes. It's bad enough that the people are poor, it makes it even worse when the government failed to act after the earthquake struck.
I haven't heard anything from the president of Haiti or any cabinet members concerning rescue and recovery efforts! If it wasn't for the United States, no plane could land in Haiti. Haiti's government has no balls or brains, all they are capable of doing is waiting for their paychecks and spend the money on parties. Shame, Shame, Shame.......
The whole Haitian government should be held accountable for their failure to act after the earthquake. They share the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic and yet their neighbors are way ahead a far as responsible government. I'm mad at those people in Haiti who are given the responsibility of caring for the country and its people and yet once again failed their duties.
Unless someone or some country intervene in Haiti, that country will be a basket case forever!

Posted by J. Mercado January 21, 10 12:09 PM

In direct response to post 351....yes, there is a God. I live in Mississippi and was affected by Katrina. The disaster in Haiti is very similar. Also, 911. I believe God has a purpose for everything. In the Bible it talks of earthquakes and natural disasters. After Katrina, I realized that this world is kind of like our bodies.....sometimes our bodies vomit, to get all of the bad out and have a fresh start. The people that were killed in Haiti have a chance to live eternally with Christ in heaven. Yes, this is horrible. I don't understand God's ways. I just know that he is almighty.

To sum this all up.....The power of nature should be proof enough of a GOD. Humans cannot make hurricaines, earthquakes, etc... Only a mighty and powerful God can.

Posted by Kimberly Ellis January 21, 10 12:26 PM

PLEASE by CAREFUL not to get on our own thrones / soapboxes talking about what is / isn't moral... have u ever been homeless (and i don't mean without inside plumbing) i mean DESTITUTE NO WATER OR SHELTER OVER YOUR HEAD...HOMELESS) or HUNGRY (without food/water DAY AND NIGHT) MAKING MEALS OUT OF LEAVES AND DIRT OR "biscuits" out of flour, dirt, and butter? And, SHOULD sleep come in the open air, you risk rape or murder? HAVE U BEEN THERE? He who is without sin cast the first stone.

Posted by EJ January 21, 10 12:28 PM

Que pena deste povo - Somente Deus para confortar cada pessoa e seus familiares - Também somos um povo destruido e não pela mãe NATUREZA mas sim por um homem chamado LULA.
Deus tenha misericordia do Brasil.

Buzunga - Brasil

Posted by Buzunga January 21, 10 12:31 PM

"prayer is useless!"
Faith and Prayer do to the spirit the same thing a Placebo would do to a sick patient. Beleiving in something gives the Human an Extra energy and reason to go on even when things are extremely bad. It Gives Them Hope, whether it exists or not

Posted by Spactem January 21, 10 12:38 PM


Posted by LEKEVEYA BALDWIN January 21, 10 12:45 PM

esperemos que los soldados de Estados Unidos esten ahi principalmente ayudando no reprimiendo ni matando gente, los ejercitos de todas las naciones deben servir mas que para destruir ...construir....ayudar a los habitantes de Haiti en esta descaracia debes ser prioridad

Posted by Venustiano Velasquez January 21, 10 12:51 PM

For the person who said "Let them help themselves. Did the Haitians help the US after 9/11, or Katrina?" do you have any idea why they didnt help us its because they have nothing no good water no money its like going to a bank to take out money you dont have so rethink what you said

Posted by b____ January 21, 10 01:06 PM

Unbelievable but it's true....What a desaster! May God will be with Haiti...
And tell me where is the Minister of Haiti???? Where are you now??? Eating meat and chicken and your people is starving for food...What a shame Minister ! What a shame Minister!!!! You have to remember that there is a God, and he don't sleep. What comes around goes's goes for you too... Remember that !!!
May God Bless all the good ones that and all nations that is helping Haiti now...

Posted by Olga January 21, 10 01:33 PM

Que Dios los bendiga y que puedan recupar una vida normal sin temor sin hambre. Hay que dar gracias a Dios por cada dia que tengamos techo y cumida y sobre todo amor y atencion.

Posted by VTromp January 21, 10 01:53 PM

Iceland was first to haiti not china

Posted by Haiti January 21, 10 02:34 PM

My heart is with all Haitians. God bless all those who are giving their help to Haiti. Please help the children. I'm willing to be an adoptive mother for them, if I had the chance.

From Curaçao

Posted by Marbella January 21, 10 02:43 PM

its getting worst and worst, haitian r now killing their own people !! hunger, frustration , anger, helplessness... will this nation be able to heal?

Posted by yushrina January 21, 10 02:56 PM

When I see these pictures I see it as proof of who I am. It is my time to do something for them and donate as much as I can. I never thought I was going to see something like this. I was reluctant to wathch news the first two days after the quake , but I did. I have made a couple of donations that I know are going to help. It is time for those who can do something to go sleep thinking you did something the people in Haiti

Posted by J SAN January 21, 10 03:35 PM

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Posted by Anonymous January 21, 10 04:10 PM

Look at the pictures. There are so many more people in the makeshift camps than are running around the city ruins looting. But its the looters that get all the media. The same thing that happened after Katrina, most people are just trying to survive, but its the smaller number of selfish stupid people doing evil things that make the news. I guess its like the posters here and the internet in general, its the small number of selfish stupid people posting selfish stupid comments that garner all the attention.

Posted by Sam M January 21, 10 05:26 PM

Nosotros, los seres humanos, somos quienes tenemos que poner de nuestros esfuerzo para salir hacia a delante es cierto que en esta situacion es dificil mantener la calma y por eso deverian las personas que estan ayudando tratar de poner el orden toda esa humanidad esta sufriendo y nesecita de nosotros para ensenarle que no estan solo que hay una solucion y k por mas fuerte que sea el dolor jehova esta con ellos el sufre al ver a sus hijos sufriendo de esa manera el no es culpable de nada de eso porque el es un Dios de amor.Pencemos que se a podido rescatar a muchas personas, como tambien, existen paises que tienen la posibilidad de ayudar,Esa si es obra del senor todo poderoso jehova.Mi jente, perdona al que te hace dano, Que, si jehova es el Creador, es Puro, y rapido para perdonarnos,ademas, es perfecto y nos a dado todo en la vida. Porque nos creemos ser mejor que nuestros projimo? Pencemos eso. Seguro que nos sera mas facil amar a cada persona asi como es. haiti estamos contigo

Posted by lissette cabrera January 21, 10 05:32 PM

I think every organization that recieved bailout money from governments should give 10% of that money to help in Haiti. To whom much is given, much is required. Maybe taking their eyes off themselves and focussing on giving to others will help them realize how stupidly selfish and greedy this companies are. But I doubt any of them have the foresite to do something so refeshingly opposite to their own agendas.

Posted by hawaiibeachboy January 21, 10 06:16 PM

the burning body for real what happrend?

Posted by lalaraby January 21, 10 07:17 PM

look theres is no reason why you pepole {365 ,385} should question the laws of life of course there is a GOD (who keeps you breathing?) ...and by the way yea we all feel horrible about the haiti pepole but all we can do is pray and try to donate all we can to help them survive....the rest GOD will take care of because he love's us he will not forget about us ..we have to believe in his almighty power ...hopefully the LORD you questioned will forgive you guys !! i hope the haiti pepole find peace within their hearts and not lose hope in GOD .....

Posted by anais,judy,karina January 21, 10 07:31 PM

yo me hago la siguiente pregunta , ¿Porque tiene que ocurrir una catastrofe de tal magnitud para que el MUNDO ayude a un pais tan pobre ? ¿ Porque es necesario esto para darnos cuenta que muchos paises nos necesitan ? esas son mis interrogantes pero de todas formas lamento mucho lo que ocurrio con millones de personas sin sus familias y sin un lugar donde dormir.

Posted by Antonio hernadez January 21, 10 07:42 PM

Its nice to see Russian, Chinese, Brazilian, Canadians and other countries helping in the rescue effort. The USA cannot do it all alone

Posted by mcnabb January 21, 10 08:07 PM

We all, can help them. Let´s do it... God is not something material, you have to feel it in your heart to believe. Let people who don't believe in god leave their comments, because their heart is empty, that is the reason why they post those comments and we, the ones who have god in our hearts let's keep praying because we know, there is going to be an answer soon. We need to accept that everything has a reason to happen, and maybe the reason for this tragedy, is to make this crazy world stop.

Posted by Diana January 21, 10 08:19 PM

God be with them!

Posted by lianghy January 21, 10 09:05 PM

What is important is What we do now? Where do they go from here. It is tragic and the pics are heart breaking especially the children. I cried. But the dead are gone and have been and will be buried. Now is the time to help the injured, clothe the naked, feed the hungry, comfort the lost. The word of God says we must take care of the widows and the orphans. It is not important NOW why it happened or about Haiti's government being to blame for the poor infrastructure. I respect how people feel but a some of the comments expose the ignorance, inhumane nature and I'm sorry to say the sheer stupidity of some people. We need to do what we can to help our brothers, If all you have to say is negative and stupid comments in the face of this tragedy, its best you don,t say anything at all. Let us look towards banding together and helping. Who knows where you will be tomorrow. My prayers to Haiti

Posted by charlene January 21, 10 09:35 PM


Posted by JORGE E. LLANO M. January 21, 10 09:36 PM

This is only the medias side of the story. Remember than nothing drives good media like a load of negative horrible stories and images. Have you seen any images of the likely hundreds of thousands of people helping one another in this time of need? No. Why? because such stories are boring and media wont cover them.

The real question is, why is the country so poor that they are so affected by an earthquake? Why do similar earthquakes happen in other countries.
IE the 7.0 mag earthquake that hit san fran in 1989 and caused little or no damage while the same mag hits Haiti and decimates the country. What has made their infrastructure so poor and their ability to adapt to such an event so low? These are actual compelling news stories.

Posted by Beau January 21, 10 10:41 PM

Please think about the human life th earth, think about the life after death....

Posted by Jemsheer Alimathil January 21, 10 10:52 PM

I feel so badly for the people of haiti.. seeing all the destruction makes me want to help.

seeing the images of a guy stealing the coffin of a dead person, makes me not care....

Posted by conflicted January 21, 10 11:38 PM

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me. I'm greatly saddened by Haiti's massive loss, this is a reminder that our lives are borrowed. We are here today, tomorrow who knows. Embrace your loved ones and your own life. Peace @-'-,-

Posted by Hi-D January 22, 10 12:22 AM

God Bless Them

Posted by Team ICS Cochin January 22, 10 01:22 AM

Is there going to be a day when all of these preparedness agencies around the world that spend billions of dollars training and preparing are actually prepared for a disaster????? (And I am not just referring to the US. Agencies from all over the world are there, as is the UN. ) How do you NOT put medical supplies at the TOP of any priority list??? Food and water are fine. But food and water aren't going to do much good if you are bleeding to death or eaten up with infection. Can't feed a corpse. These things could have been air dropped to medical sites. If cameras can get to them, helicopters can fly over them. Scared it might cause a riot and people might get hurt? That is almost hilarious given people are already dead and dying. “Bureaucracy is the art of making the possible impossible” There are agencies and individuals sacrificing their own safety to help. I deeply deeply appreciate their efforts. I am frustrated with those who should have had a plan for natural disasters such as this a long time ago. Shift happens.

Posted by Bean Counter January 22, 10 02:25 AM

Dios ten misericordia de tantos niños, jóvenes, adultos, adultos mayores, que estan sufriendo los tormentosos desastres de la naturaleza, ayuda al país de Haiti, son todos hijos tuyos y merecen tener tu ayuda.
Porqué Señor tanto horror para este pueblo.... con humilda te pedimos que hagas un milagro, Señor Mío
Oremos cada minto del día para que nuestros hermanos vean una luz y puedan algún día obtener dignidad en sus vidas

Posted by paola January 22, 10 05:33 AM

the burning body for real what happrend?

Posted by yassine January 22, 10 06:52 AM

resquiete en pace

Posted by Louis January 22, 10 07:53 AM

Josh is a self silly little man who should be placed on a island and left to fend for himself just for one month. Then he will come to realize what being a human being is. Haiti is a small country with limited resources. What they could have done during Katrina when the man that was in charge ignored the crisis was busy learning to play guitar.

Posted by Moonlighter January 22, 10 07:53 AM


Posted by OMAR BLANQUIN January 22, 10 08:07 AM

An interesting array of comments. God certainly did create each of us with differing characteristics. Human suffering is never comfortable to view but human compassion, now there's a view worth having.

Posted by John January 22, 10 08:41 AM

Encuentro terrible... deberían dar más señales de lo que podríamos hacer como cuidadanos. Además de aportar monetariamente.
Más ideas para solucionar de alguna manera el problema.
Quiero mencionar que es bueno que se muestre la realidad tal y como es, pero aquí hay un abuso de imágenes que no son necesarias de mostrar. Un poco más de ética periodística y no ser sensacionalistas con el desastre de Hatí.
El foco debe ir en ayudar a la gente no en mostar imágenes tan morbosas. Debo decir que no ví las que pedían autorización porque con las otras creo que fue suficiente.

Posted by Magdalena January 22, 10 08:47 AM

As a survivor of Katina on the MS gulf coast and one who lost everything and was in the water with my 14 year old son, I CAN speak about certain aspects of behavior by humans after catastophic disasters. We had looting on the Ms Gulf Coast too but not to the extent as in NO or Haiti. There will always be opportunistic looting in situations such as this, the free for all I see in pictures from Haiti would never have happened here due largely to most of our citizens having guns and the fore-knowledge that they can get away with killing anyone attempting to steal their possessions. In the aftermath of Katrina, here in MS citizens were killed by looters and looters were killed by citizens but on a much smaller scale than obviously is occurring in Haiti. Sad to say but there needs to be widespread killing of looters there in order to bring a more peaceful, lawful atmosphere into being.

Posted by michael allen January 22, 10 08:48 AM

the haiti distaster is really brutal........

Posted by lauren January 22, 10 09:18 AM

If I were hungry, trying to survive, trying to provide for my family, I WOULD LOOT TOO! I wish they would not call them looters, they are survivers! Trying to eat, stay hydrated in a city that is 90 plus degrees. They are not stealing TVs and material things, they are trying to eat! I will continue to donate and pray for my brothers and sisters over in Haiti!
God Bless them!

Posted by M Blount January 22, 10 09:31 AM

like saramago's novel "ensaio sobre a cegueira" (blindness)

Posted by viza January 22, 10 09:49 AM

We are living in a time where anything can go wrong and it takes a tragic event like Hatii for us to realize how goodl we have it . We should take this time to lend a hand in anyway we can , we should support our troops and everyone that is volunteering around the clock to help the people of Haiti. We should not be taking advantage of the situation by critizing the people that are putting their lives at risk to help others, all racism comments should be put aside. For all those people who dare attack the people who are helping and making a difference in Haiti remember Karma is a bitch and always wins in the end.

Posted by Pround Canadian Lisa January 22, 10 11:06 AM

due to this disaster in haiti everyone from all around the globe should contribute to help this country out put all international problems such as racism to the side and help them THEY NEED US !!! those people cant help what happened to them so have a heart and help them out because if you were in their situation you would want someone to do the same for you by me being only 15 years old i really cant do much but im trying all that i can to do what ever there is that i can possibly do

Posted by Carlisa Durham January 22, 10 11:16 AM

Photos plunged me into shock. Condolences. Haiti not give up

Posted by noname January 22, 10 11:25 AM

nada justifica esta tragedia

Posted by ceu January 22, 10 12:12 PM

For 299 (josh) to read. Get some education before posting idiotic comments.

Posted by Tabrez Ahmad January 22, 10 01:39 PM

i think that they dont have to have a pass port there ingerd cant people see

Posted by Anonymous January 22, 10 02:09 PM

Thank god for the people who had surivived in the earthquake in haiti and we is praying foer i hpoe u find somewhere to go after all this is over with thank u are still alive may god bless u and wish u the faith

Posted by freddy January 22, 10 02:19 PM

@ 299

John, Dude you're either a racist, or just utterly stupid, and you haven't got not even the simplest idea about the world your living in...Do the community a big favor next time: just glance, don't comment...

Posted by Elod January 22, 10 02:32 PM

desde paraguay estoy rezando por los haitianos, para q puedan sobrellevar esta horrorosa tragedia, por los cientos de niños huerfanos ,por todas las personas de ese pais q tanto necesitan..q dios les bendiga e ilumine..amen

Posted by marta January 22, 10 03:35 PM

@#404 Jonny Juan.

I apologise if my comment has caused offence but your issue appears to be with your government’s spending, not arguing that you shouldn’t be helping as you said, “it is important that we provide some assistance.” I was directing it more at comments such as #299 etc. I’m also unsure what I have taken out of context? I live in the UK and the recession has hit us badly, too. However, the *majority* of those unemployed have something to fall back on and life will improve. These people have nothing. I hardly think it fair to take my words and use them to describe the unemployed in America, as if unemployment is comparable to the huge loss of life there. I’m sorry, I just don’t think it is.
In the grand scheme of things I don’t object to our government giving aid because, when compared to the huge sums of money given to our banks and other unworthy causes, it is a small price to pay and will be a fraction of our overall debt. I stand by my point that some of the people here shouldn’t look down on the rest of the world as if America is expected to do EVERYTHING while we sit around on our arses living comparatively better lives because we leave all the problems for you to deal with. They’re your neighbours so you’re going to be called on to help. Any other developed country would be expected to do the same. Although, I do concede that you must be contributing a lot more than us.
I agree that it is endlessly frustrating seeing our money ‘wasted’ as I would put it but, despite the huge debt both our countries are in, I don’t think it could be justified to not help. Either way I apologise if I come across “holier than thou”, though, to me, the way you talk of America comes across the same way. I don’t expect you to agree with me but I don’t want to cause offence either. My point is, I don’t think that our problems excuse us from a responsibility to help. Disagree if you will.

Posted by Tom January 22, 10 03:55 PM

The pictures are eye opening. As for the looters, allow them to take what they want to survive. The goverment will compensate the store owners later and no one will be shot as long as it supervised in a manerly way. The country has to be rebuilt from scratch anyway, the goverment will come out on top in the end. God Bless Haiti and the rest of the world. Vic,

Posted by Vic Cangelosi January 22, 10 04:22 PM

I flew in supplies to Santo Domingo....Dominican Republic (for Haiti) on same island as Haiti and they were'nt even lifitng a finger to help them. All the Domincans cared about was the touristas and the dollars they brought in. Now THAT IS A CRIME!

Posted by Been There Saw it! January 22, 10 04:34 PM

When will science learn that man and nature are suppose to live in harmony. From beginning of time tribes and civilizations have been destroyed because earth's fields of energy her atmospheres become burden overwhelmed affected by man's misuse of soundwaves. Yes soundwaves!! Science is refusing to look at enormous data showing earth is fine tuned while knowing there is soundwaves in earths atmospheres. The misuse of media TVs and radios and other communication devices which are being used for not communication but more so for entertaining is most assurely the direct causes of earths natural disasters. Earth can only take so much pressure from man Living seperated from nature by bombarding her environments with unnatural soundwaves. Picture earth like being inside a large fish aquarium. If you swish, splash and move the volume of liquid that surrounds the earth in a manner that's not in harmony with natural soundwaves then this will disrupt earth natural harmony. by Jesus Land Tidd

Posted by Jesus Land Tidd (Mourning Sun) January 22, 10 05:10 PM


Posted by NELCY ESCOBAR ERASO January 22, 10 05:33 PM

those pictures look so sad

Posted by Anonymous January 22, 10 09:11 PM

Keep being strong Haiti.........??????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Kyrie January 22, 10 09:15 PM

Those people over there are so lawless...

Posted by N/A January 22, 10 09:20 PM

One thing I do not understand is the crackdown on looters in light of there being so much else that needs to be done. I just don't see how it is wrong for hungry, thirsty, shelterless people to scavange what they can from the wreckage. I consider myself a very honest person, but I would not think twice about looting if it meant getting food and water or shelter or clothing for my toddler daughter if I was the victim of a similar disaster and there was no other aid.

Posted by Mama of 1 January 22, 10 09:47 PM

I dont understand why people are argueing over whether there is a god or not. This is not about you and your beliefs, let people say what they wish on here. This is about the people from Haiti, they need us right now. We need to do all we can to help, I cant even imagine what they are going through right now. My school is fundraising right now, we are trying to raise $5,000, more if we can. It breaks my heart to see these pictures, I would do all I could to take their pain away. I pray for you all and hope things begin to get easier for you.

Posted by Alanna January 22, 10 11:09 PM


Posted by ROLAND January 23, 10 12:48 AM

440, stop trying to portray yourself as a victim. There definitely was more than enough international aid for Katrina and a massive international response to 9/11. From the perspective of the international community, what could we have done further to 'fix' 9/11 that the US hadn't already covered? What sort of aid is needed in that situation? Clean up and rebuilding, I'm sure the US had more than enough resources to rebuild and clean up the aftermath of that tragic day. The only possible international response was to spend as many resources as possible to find terrorists, tighten security and to join the US' Iraq occupation, (of which the latter is very questionable, especially with the legality of the entire operation. However since you are the US you're exempted, right?)

What has happened in Haiti is absolutely appalling, however this isn't a case of donations in the name of diplomacy, this is about helping out people in need. Countries who are naturally opposed to the US saw through that, why can't you? There are many countries in debt considering the recent economic climate, sorry to break it to you America, you aren't the only one. Your egocentricity is more prevalent with every day that passes and THAT is what the international community is tired about.

Posted by Anon January 23, 10 01:12 AM

For all of those who say we shouldn't donate, I think you're ignorant and I almost have no respect for you. So what if they haven't done much for us? It's called being unselfish, and doing it out of the good from your hearts. The reason why we have homeless here is because our government, or through faults of their own. I have helped the homeless and volunteered at soup kitchens and fed the homeless. 90 percent of those who say we should help ourselves haven't done a damned thing to help anybody but them selves because you are selfish, and ignorant. I think I speak for everyone when I say go f*ck yourselves, and I wish the best for Haiti. Hang in there

Posted by Jordan DoMonte January 23, 10 01:27 AM

Si lo que persiguen las tropas norteamericanas es ayudar desinteresadamente, bienvenidas. Pero si van detrás de sus intereses imperialistas (que no se atreven a confesar), regresen por donde vinieron. Mucho ayuda el que no estorba.

Posted by Manuk January 23, 10 05:01 AM


Posted by Anonymous January 23, 10 08:05 AM

why would the poilice shoot moor people

Posted by rosie January 23, 10 09:21 AM

Type your comment here...My name is Rachel Baker your prayers are in from the whole US. I wish i could be their to help.I gave $5 or$10 here and their but most of all i sent my prays. if it comes a time that you come to the US and need help l'll be here. Love Always,

Posted by RACHEL BAKER January 23, 10 10:00 AM

From the CIA Wold Factbook:

"Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with 80% of the population living under the poverty line and 54% in abject poverty. Two-thirds of all Haitians depend on the agricultural sector, mainly small-scale subsistence farming, and remain vulnerable to damage from frequent natural disasters, exacerbated by the country's widespread deforestation. While the economy has recovered in recent years, registering positive growth since 2005, four tropical storms in 2008 severely damaged the transportation infrastructure and agricultural sector.

US economic engagement under the Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement (HOPE) Act, passed in December 2006, has boosted apparel exports and investment by providing tariff-free access to the US. HOPE II, passed in October 2008, has further improved the export environment for the apparel sector by extending preferences to 2018; the apparel sector accounts for two-thirds of Haitian exports and nearly one-tenth of GDP.

Remittances are the primary source of foreign exchange, equaling nearly a quarter of GDP and more than twice the earnings from exports. Haiti suffers from high inflation, a lack of investment because of insecurity and limited infrastructure, and a severe trade deficit. In 2005, Haiti paid its arrears to the World Bank, paving the way for reengagement with the Bank. Haiti is expected to receive debt forgiveness for about $525 million of its debt through the Highly-Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) initiative by mid-2009. The government relies on formal international economic assistance for fiscal sustainability."

So, who decides exactly *how much* help should be given? Should some 'responsible' country take control of the Haiti indefinitely to be certain that all donated resources are not squandered? I say 'help he who helps himself'.

Posted by DA January 23, 10 11:11 AM

did u see how many people were reaching for that water that is very sad i wish it would just change but remeber it can always hapen to us

Posted by dayvonmeade January 23, 10 12:22 PM


Posted by MARCO ANTONIO ESCOBAR January 23, 10 01:20 PM

For you few compelled to write hateful commentary I wish a year of very, very, bad dreams, dreams where you are helpless against the wrath of Mother Nature. Perhaps it will introduce to you the notion of compassion. As it is, you are utterly deserving of contempt.

Posted by connie January 23, 10 05:13 PM

Let's us all pray for the Haitian's...Let's help them...

Posted by vina January 23, 10 05:35 PM

una real pena este desastre natural yo estuve de cerca en el terremoto de pisco y se lo que es eso claro que lo de haiti supera lo que pase y vi en pisco y en ica yo estuve en ica y realmente es lamentable ojala en lima no pase algo semejante . piedad señor piedad por favor!!!!!

Posted by cristian January 23, 10 06:55 PM

THe images remind me of so many hollywood movies about natural disasters and i just wish this was just a movie but it isnt we need to help the ppl from haiti they need us their our brothers

Posted by julie January 23, 10 07:43 PM

Air Force Tech Sgt Nicholas Wentworth (4th photo from the last) is my Nephew. I've never been so proud of him. This is what he has trained countless hours for. He is in his element & the people he is caring for & protecting in Haiti are in very good hands. God Bless you Nick! I'm so happy to know you are okay. I love you! Aunt Nancy

Posted by Nancy Rautmann January 23, 10 08:10 PM

@501 / Jesus Land Tidd

I'm confused. If it wasn't scientists themselves who collected this allegedly "massive data" then who did? Also, you're talking about radio waves, not sound waves. Besides, plenty of said waves have now been produced as a result of your comment. The sun fires similar waves at the earth all the time. One example being visible light, and even that has much higher energy that radio or microwaves (and definitely sound waves). I'm pretty certain that earthquakes are caused by tectonic plates colliding or sliding against each other so how do radio or sound waves change this? The plate’s momentum is incredibly large and sound waves aren't gonna somehow make them collide more frequently or severely. Your fish bowl model is invalid as radio waves don’t really interact with air in the atmosphere at all. “Sound waves” do but don’t have anything to do with how our communication devices/TVs etc work. Also (on a fairly trivial note but I’ve got started now) saying communication devices aren’t being used for communication doesn’t make any sense. Dunno where you've got this from but we wouldn’t have even heard about this disaster without radio waves so many more people would have died and I just don’t see how it could even be possible.

Posted by Tom January 23, 10 08:20 PM

Those people don´t need prayers, they need food, water and medical care. Praying never changed anything. Ah well, at least help is there now so hopefully the situation will stabilize somewhat soon.

Posted by Marco January 23, 10 08:25 PM

Damn this life, damn this world

Posted by GF5JG320KI January 23, 10 08:56 PM

My friend and I have started a project to help Haiti. We are shocked by these pictures and are disgusted by the sadness! We hope we can make a difference!

Posted by Olivia Boyles January 23, 10 09:01 PM

increible, son unas fotografías fantásticas.

Posted by miguel January 23, 10 11:58 PM

i've donated $50 for there help

If U Wish to DONATE sms-- haiti to 90999

Posted by jayant kaushik January 24, 10 08:38 AM

i hope in gods name haiti will come over this.
keep praying.
share together.

Posted by weis de jongh January 24, 10 02:40 PM

en colombia tambien sufrimos un terremoto muy doloroso hace muchos años ,pero gracias ha dios y a la gente que ven el sufrimiento de los demas han ayudado muy generosamente a todos,pero reconosco k en ahiti la situación es mucho peor,pero siempre hay una luz al final del camino,y la esperanza de salir adelante por los k quedan.

Posted by lina maria January 24, 10 03:54 PM

en colombia tambien sufrimos un terremoto muy doloroso hace muchos años ,pero gracias ha dios y a la gente que ven el sufrimiento de los demas han ayudado muy generosamente a todos,pero reconosco k en ahiti la situación es mucho peor,pero siempre hay una luz al final del camino,y la esperanza de salir adelante por los k quedan.

Posted by lina maria z b January 24, 10 03:55 PM

i think that this is terrible and i was just crying and praying for them and that is all i can do being 12 except that my school has raised $894 at my school for Haiti and i have given my money and i am going to start a fundraiser in my neighborhood but i will keep on praying and giving to Haiti.

Posted by Mary January 24, 10 04:48 PM

@432 the moment you lose your faith, that's the moment you lose your hope.
Isn't it's natural for human being to hope for greater things at the weakest & desperate times when logic can't comprehend the difficulties,

Posted by Jeff January 24, 10 05:23 PM

It's really heatbreaking event that befall my fellow brothers in Haiti. I pray that God will have MERCY on the entire world

Posted by ILORI, ADETUNJI KOLAWOLE January 25, 10 06:04 AM

I wish I could go down there and help with something...
All the best.From Denmark

Posted by morten nielsen January 25, 10 10:58 AM

photographs are beyond the words. tears in my eyes..

Posted by Smevin Paul January 25, 10 12:08 PM

what about or people here that live in the streets and dont get to eat 3 meal a day who problem is that lets help americans frist

Posted by joe brown January 25, 10 12:38 PM

Beautiful, stunning, captivating images. Truly inspiring photography

Posted by Seth Trittipoe January 25, 10 01:57 PM

God bless them. I'm very sad, I'm from germany and i haven't enough money to help them...i'm upset..

Posted by Steve January 25, 10 03:19 PM

In times like these we need to pray for the Haitian. It takes divine intervention to take them back to the stage they were. It is heart wrecking to see the condition that they now live in and for real, nobody wants that condition not even for their dogs. Even though the situation is already at its worst, i pray the almighty will see them through, especially the babies. In Jamaica, doing without light and water for a day is like living in a desert, that is to the extent inwhich we cherish and deem these things important. Image the Haitians, doing without light, water, clothing for weeks! My heart goes out for them, they'll continually be in my prayers especially those that lost majority, if not all their family members. It has now become a new beginning, how will they possible forget this trauma?

Posted by tracey January 25, 10 06:37 PM

God bless them.

Posted by Edwin January 25, 10 11:54 PM

A Jó Isten legyen velük,és áldja meg õket!Boldog vagyok,hogy sok ember megmenekült,és,hogy a mentõcsapatok is mindent megtesznek amit tudnak!!!Bár én is ott lennék valamelyik hazámból odaérkezõ Magyar Metõcsapattal,mint önkéntes...!

Posted by Farkas Ákos January 26, 10 05:20 AM

Its in the hands of the Lord.

Posted by Martina January 26, 10 08:56 AM

Think has to make a gesture for haiti, donated.

Posted by Bbey-Galsen January 26, 10 11:15 AM

Why all the media obsession with so-called looting? While "hundreds of thousands of Haitians were still desperately waiting for assistance," (photo 4), it looks more like requisitioning to survive. In looting photo 7, there's nothing to loot!

As for why Haiti has no infrastructure to withstand and recuperate from such disasters, ask why France demanded and obtained crippling reparations from Haitians who committed the crime of freeing themselves from slavery. Ask why the United States militarily occupied Haiti for two decades and propped up rapacious dictators for decades. Ask why the U.S. overthrew democracy in Haiti in 1991. Ask why Canada, France and the U.S. kidnapped the elected president in 2004 after starving the country of aid and trade. Ask why the U.S. seems at least as interested in military control now as in relief and rebuilding. Ask why Haitians are not allowed to control their own destiny.

Posted by Eric January 27, 10 02:33 AM

Amazing Pictures.

Posted by JonJava January 27, 10 04:38 AM

Im i am so sorry about what happened with u but we is more thin happy to come down and help u

Posted by lilmama January 27, 10 12:26 PM

i am so sad because of what is happening to hait

Posted by Anonymous January 27, 10 03:27 PM


Posted by RAFAEL ANGEL LINARES ARROYO (RAFUCHO) January 27, 10 09:54 PM


Posted by RAFAEL ANGEL LINARES ARROYO (RAFUCHO) January 27, 10 10:11 PM

How could police shoot and kill the looters? There must be some other way to deal with this.

Posted by Anonymous January 28, 10 04:13 PM

y would a man remove a corpse in order to steal the coffin?
y would the police kill survivors?

Posted by Anonymous January 28, 10 06:21 PM

Lets all thank the lord for all the peace and safetyhe has given us

Posted by Anonymous January 29, 10 02:08 AM

dont cry god is near to u
subin. general tech servises sharjah

Posted by Anonymous January 29, 10 07:24 AM

May GOD help US Haiti to be renew and rebuilt with peace and harmony
may we put our maxime in practice L'UNION FAIT LA FORCE ...

Posted by Anonymous January 29, 10 08:14 AM

To Comment #460 (Michael)

I am of Haitian descent and I am EXTREMELY offended by your comment! To insinuate that Haiti brought this onto themselves is very sad. My dad always told me: "Don't be surprised if you see Hitler in heaven" That is to say...Only GOD can judge...on the last day! A man's relationship with GOD is personal.....I'm positive, by reading your comment, that your opinion comes from heresay and I forgive you! Haitian people are some of the most loving, caring, hard-working, intelligent and GOD-FEARING people! HOW DARE YOU! My suggestion to you is to search and read (If in fact you do read) about Haiti's History. Then, maybe, if you are not the ignorant fool I think you are, you will understand why Haiti has been suffering for so many years. We were the warriors that paid the price for all people of color! Find out about the preposterous debt we had to incur to PAY for our freedom. Job suffered in the Bible and never turned his back on GOD! He was tested, like many of GOD'S children. If life has been easy for you, I would be a little concerned.....This life is not important......I'm only concerned with the next....Oh and if you are referring to the cultural african religion of voodoo....which is to be respected like any other religion, and not BLACK MAGIC (which is NOT the same thing as Vodoo) may want to look into the history of Christianity and Judaism.....some of the biggest practitioners of "MAGIC".......

Sir....please don't get in the ring...your arms are too short to box with this Haitian Queen!

Posted by Bebette January 29, 10 12:09 PM

My heart goes for all those people. They have not only suffered poverty under a corrupted government but now they are suffering more. I would give any support to them. And God bless America for been to first nation to be there to provide help on any disaster in the world.

Posted by Lilliam Thude January 29, 10 06:24 PM

Where is this President name Preval??? Where is he hiding? What is he saying in all this? Any Plans??????

Posted by Tika260 January 29, 10 10:27 PM

ye sab gunaho ke saja he.......... allah sab ko achhe raste par chal ne ke hidayat de....AAMIN........ main sab ke leye dua karoga...........karne dharne walee ke jaat AALAH ke he.....BESAK

Posted by javid pathan January 30, 10 06:17 AM

No words can describe this, there is only one thing we can do at this moment; The whole world should help out and rebuild the devasted area. This is not any easy task,but it has been done in the past.
Lets do it again and continue to pray for the Haitian community.

Posted by Ardnel February 1, 10 08:39 AM


Posted by IRMA WALKER February 2, 10 11:36 AM

Jean-Marie Leroy

Posted by Jean-Marie Leroy February 4, 10 12:27 AM


Posted by HOUMANO February 4, 10 12:29 PM

this is horrible... why are you just taking pictures? DO SOMETHING!

Posted by jillian February 8, 10 11:32 AM

All comments about "God" are sooo wrong. I'm not gonna say "God" doesn't exist. But why do you people mention "God" in these type of situations? He has nothing to do.. this was a natural disaster. May the force be with Haiti.

Posted by Carlos Maenpaa February 9, 10 07:31 PM

DIOS salve

Posted by joaquin February 10, 10 09:29 PM

why did this need to happen? why couldnt this not happen?wwow!!!!!!!!!
if i could have had a wish it would have been for this effect.or for all the people in haiti to come to the united stats of the way im american,dominican and hation.

Posted by yazmeen marte February 10, 10 09:40 PM

Aun no puedo creer la falta de ayuda que existe para estas personas!! habiendo países tan poderosos, con tanto dinero, como no se puede hacer algo más!!! Aun no lo entiendo!

Posted by Ginis_ February 11, 10 02:54 PM

Where can I start? What can I do to help.

Posted by Lory February 11, 10 06:45 PM


Posted by TNASTY February 12, 10 09:04 AM

News says relief agencys will build wood, plastic, and steel shelters for shelter during hurricane season.

Used cargo containers about 81/2 feet wide and at least 40 feet long. Some larger. Made of steel. Readily available.

Not the fanciest but quick.

Available work force to put in windows doors.

Habitat for humanity to show how to do it.

Better than a tent or cardboard box.

Posted by russ February 12, 10 09:29 AM

omg that is so sad what happend in haiti it makes me sad they are hurt and greatfull so greatfull that i am safe

Posted by Anonymous February 23, 10 07:02 PM

que tragedia Dios que nuestro PADRE CELESTIAL los ayude y todos los paises ayuden un poquito de lo que tenemos

Posted by sonia February 26, 10 05:51 PM

i know that god will take care of them and is good it make me cry my poster from church went to hati and got pic and it sad bs people over her whant a every thing but there people that wish that they had the the same thing as u ....... god is good and he going to the promple yeahh god is awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??????????????????????//////////////////////////#####$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$%%%%^^^^^&*(()-

Posted by samarily March 7, 10 09:18 PM

that is so sad

Posted by Anonymous March 10, 10 09:49 PM


Posted by NOOK-NOOK March 11, 10 09:49 AM

Aww poor haiti..i feel so bad for them. i hope yall qet wat yall need to survive it..yall can do it dont qive up haiti.

Posted by Loniece March 11, 10 12:06 PM

i hope that haiti gets beter each day love yall.

Posted by samanta perez March 13, 10 06:14 PM

These are people who are desperately in need for a change. they have suffering and traumatized by the waves of bad governement for years, now earthquake. well these are my people whom i love dearly. They are as strong and as anything you can match in this planet, and i know one day they will get that which they have been looking for. A chance at a better society, a chance at world class education which will enable them to rise to their God given abilities. two and a half month after this disaster, the government has not done anything more than just hand them bread, rice water. i have been there four time already spent night trying to help. i hope that one day haiti will stand on its two eet. God bless all those who help.

Posted by John Brooks March 15, 10 05:04 AM

its so sad!!!1!

Posted by Anonymous March 22, 10 02:24 PM

i think that is very sad i would hate for that to be me.=(

Posted by marivel April 5, 10 09:29 AM

sorry for those of you in i try to do the best

Posted by tatiana April 16, 10 06:41 PM

What is the problem with calling it looting? It is looting. They are stealing. And I would absolutely do the same in a heart beat. And I would shoot someone who was doing it to me. Survival and protection of property comes first. I pass no moral judgement on any of them but I'm not going to call it by a different name just because some of you are afraid of the truth.

These images are heart breaking. I am thankful every day to be born in place that is free, well protected, and wealthy. I wish there was a way to help that wouldn't be corrupted or twisted. It's awful.

Posted by Anne April 19, 10 05:24 AM

Truly sad. I agree that taking food and water during a disaster is not looting, if needed for one's or one's family survival. Taking "luxury" items, is looting. I'm not a lawyer, but I understand that this is statutory in some US states and can be used as a defense in court.

Posted by Dave May 12, 10 01:42 PM

wow thay are so unluky but thay do need mony so let's till evry body will give mony too hlap them okay

Posted by hannah August 11, 10 04:36 PM

wow thay are so unluky but thay do need mony so let's till evry body will give mony too hlap them okay im so sad for them so let's give mony

Posted by hannah August 11, 10 04:38 PM


Posted by chanta October 13, 10 02:13 PM

let me say we africans shall never forget the evil that was done to us by whites in the days of slavery , Haitis are our brothers and sisters who were taken from us by force to the slavery in europe , now th ey were abandoned in the desert of haiti long time ago, they couild not go forward or backward but therer masters lefft them there, who will pay us for all this evil done to us who will bring back our sisters and brothers from haiti we are ready to share with them the little we have who will who will i cryb for my mother .brother and sister in Haiti.

Posted by jack gor November 18, 10 03:45 PM

my name is cedrus cali and i have broblem its my mam idont now where she is my fhather say she is in amarica please helpe me i want go in amarica in minisota if you whant see my picture iam in facebook name cedrus cali and iam in kenya in nairobi in islii my phone number .is +254-07023690481 wellcome

Posted by cedrus cali December 11, 10 09:13 AM

I am bary sorry .i can't help us the haiti people becous i am retier.

Posted by sayed February 6, 11 10:11 AM

awwwwwwwwww thats so sad wow

Posted by rebecca March 6, 11 09:39 PM

oh my god that is so sad

Posted by aaliya March 30, 11 10:44 AM
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