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Haiti, ten months later

It has now been nearly ten months since the devastating January earthquake struck Haiti, reducing Port-au-Prince to rubble and claiming over 300,000 lives. In the time since, Haiti's government, the United Nations, and many other aid agencies have struggled just to keep the population healthy and fed as it tries get back on its feet. Recent weeks have seen an outbreak of cholera, which has killed more than 300 people. The cholera strain is not native to Haiti, and reportedly matches strains found in South Asia, placing suspicion on U.N. personnel from that area who were stationed nearby. Some 1.3 million people are still crammed into thousands of makeshift camps dotted around the capital, leaving them vulnerable to both disease outbreaks and the elements - of particular concern as Tropical Storm Tomas now approaches, and may grow to Hurricane strength by landfall on Friday. (42 photos total)

A rooster stands on the roof of an abandoned aircraft in a camp set up for Jan. 12 earthquake victims on an abandoned air strip in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Wednesday, September 29th, 2010. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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242 comments so far...

Poor people! so sad!

Posted by Karlitta November 3, 10 01:19 PM


Posted by Tavi November 3, 10 01:22 PM


Posted by Olga November 3, 10 01:28 PM



Posted by PIER November 3, 10 01:35 PM

que tragedia en la nacion mas empobrcida de nuestro hemisferio, vamos Haiti que tu tiempo llegara!!!!

Posted by fred lopez November 3, 10 01:50 PM

Allah u Akbar! God save them!

Posted by Salam November 3, 10 01:57 PM

no words can describe the sadness that fills my heart when I look at these images of people who have and continue to suffer the loss of their loved ones and homes.

Posted by Don November 3, 10 02:13 PM

Hope to get better future!

Posted by mode November 3, 10 02:15 PM

GOD is the only answer. not vodoo not anything else. only GOD can restore His people. my prayers are with the people of Haiti.

Posted by Anonymous November 3, 10 02:19 PM


Where was Jesus when the Earthquake hit?

There is no God as evident by these pictures. How can you people be so ignorant?

Posted by Tim November 3, 10 02:22 PM

God doesn't save poor people, people save poor people. You can actually help in a real way if you want to.
One of many, many ways:

Posted by Jam November 3, 10 02:26 PM

#29 is heartbreaking...

Posted by Meg November 3, 10 02:30 PM

Wow! What a mess #13 &15. Definitely a testament to the will of the Haitian people living in conditions such as these. I can only hope that cholera does not come back to rear it's ugly head. Keep on, keeping on...we are with you in thought and spirit. #29 breaks my heart.

Rehydration salts save lives:
8 t. sugar
1 t. salt
1 liter boiled purified water

Posted by Megan November 3, 10 02:36 PM

there is so many sad things that are spoken through these pictures. it was a relief to come upon number 42.

Posted by mooselakus November 3, 10 02:37 PM

There's no God or Religion at this moment, they just have to work hard and have faith in a better future!

Posted by Zapalla November 3, 10 02:41 PM

God is absolutely evident in these pictures. Life would not exist without a creator. God owes no man ANYTHING. He doesn't owe us life, He doesn't owe us health. I feel for the people of Haiti, but It's funny how we blame Him for every bad thing, yet we fail to praise him for all of the good things of life. Pain and suffering are a result of the fall yet God can still use this for His glory.

Posted by Brit November 3, 10 02:48 PM

It's almost heartbreaking to see these picture...Sooo sad :(

Posted by Lianne November 3, 10 02:48 PM

#10 Tim

Expecting God to hold your finger all your life is like expecting parents to never let their child get hurt. The difficult times are to test your belief. One point in life, you have to let go your child, watch him/her suffer and come strong out of it.

My heart goes out to Haitians in this difficult time. They're gonna come stronger out of this.

Posted by Anonymous November 3, 10 02:49 PM

#10 Tim


Posted by Pablo November 3, 10 02:53 PM

I like the quote on #14: "Whatever your strength, you will find your master". Unfortunately so true for this poor country (AFAIK one of the "worst" countries in the world along with Bangladesh and some smaller islands when it comes to natural disasters & plagues)

Posted by Tom November 3, 10 02:59 PM

God Bless this People, It hard for the Human raze understand why this things happend and it is always easy to blame God for this catastrophes.
But let me tell you something Tim # 10 Jesus Is knocking your door, open it and let him explain you where he was when the Eathquake happen, How do you prettend call Ignorant to all that people that has their own knees on the floor praying for Haiti. What are you doing for that people, are you just posting question that blame God??? I pray for god mercy in your life dude.

God Bless you and God Bless Haiti.

Psalm 121.1

Posted by Adrian November 3, 10 02:59 PM

Jesus was inspiring people to save lives when the earthquake hit no matter how awful it all was, that's where he was. You guys just don't get that it's not about God physically preventing or not preventing all the troubles in the world from happening. That's not what a faith life is about.
The prayers are for people like this to hang in there and work their way out of it.

Posted by alm November 3, 10 03:05 PM

"Our humanity unites us. Everyone gets a turn on the wheel of misfortune. How you choose to help another will reflect the help you get, when it's your turn."~Megan

Posted by Megan November 3, 10 03:15 PM

There is no hope for Haiti. There's just too much corruption from every level of society. The only hope for this country is for the United Nations to take over rule of government and see to it that food and financial help gets to where ever it's suppose to.
Praying to God won't help the Haitians, they have to help themselves before God decide they are worth listening too.
God listen only if he deems your worth saving. If God answered all my prayers, there won't be war, famine or strife and the world will live in peaceful harmony.
There is no Free anything......someone has to pay for it!

Posted by JP November 3, 10 03:15 PM

God is not going to save these people. stop saying pray for them, it also does nothing. I do not have much sympathy for the Haitians. They became independent not long after the United States became independent. They had a long time to develop a working society. I cannot understand how their neighbors to the east have a country that makes 8 times the gdp per capita and a 50% better HDI rating. This neighbor to the east is the Dominican Republic.
Hopefully they will learn to have stricter building codes in the future. It might be expensive in treasure but what what is a life worth to them?

Posted by Steve November 3, 10 03:19 PM

thats sad....

Posted by joboo November 3, 10 03:24 PM

#29 was defining photo for this collection ...

Posted by yogesh November 3, 10 03:28 PM

God? I thought that was just a fad... anyway, I feel bad for these people who didn't have a choice, what Steve says is mostly true except for the kids and young people didn't stand a chance or have a choice in the matter.

Posted by devon November 3, 10 03:33 PM

@JP and Steve...How easy it is to judge. can ANYONE allude to know what or how God thinks?

Posted by Megan November 3, 10 03:36 PM

I spent last week in Fort Liberte with a Christian missionary who calls Haiti home with his young family. Everything in Haiti is broken, and now a hurricane churns toward it.
For anyone who thinks we are saying that the "God" solution is Haiti is holding the hand of a genie or thinking in some kind of "heavenly harp" terms instead of practical realities, you've obviously attached yourselves to caricatures of God and Christianity and have no sense of him or what good and God-centered ministries are trying to do in Haiti.
God is there. A naive motivational speak to work harder and believe for a brighter future without it being anchored in any real hope, and silence on any ideas other than "I don't like God" reveals a woefully inadequate understanding of the complexities.

Posted by Matt November 3, 10 03:37 PM

@comment 24 (and 25):
So the Haitians weren't worth living to God, because of what?! If there is a God, then he must be a loving, good one, and if that's the case, this whole Haiti thing wouldn't have happened. or would God, the almighty one, just let 230.000 people die?
However, I think this is a non-discussion. The discussion should go about how to help the Haitian people to get houses, health care, work and a good government as fast as possible.
And indeed, if God can inspire people in or outside Haiti to do good things for the country, then He's allright to me, you know.

Posted by Mephisto November 3, 10 03:46 PM

Imagine how life could improve for these unfortunate people, if the "civilized" countries did not wage useless wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan or wherever else, but secured some money for Haiti instead....

Posted by asd November 3, 10 03:55 PM

I am weeping....

Posted by Jan November 3, 10 03:56 PM

Sad Pictures. To think it's been ten months since the terrible earthquake and it's still shows as if *nothing* has been done.

Posted by okubax November 3, 10 04:06 PM

@Steve (#25) "I do not have much sympathy for the Haitians. They became independent not long after the United States became independent. They had a long time to develop a working society."

Are your really that ignorant? Do yourself a favor and research "United States occupation of Haiti". Go on now.

Posted by Mosez November 3, 10 04:20 PM

The pictures are sad, but the comments about God not being there are even worse. Is this what our society has come to? God help us all.

Posted by Jenny November 3, 10 04:23 PM

@ Comment 9: Criticizing Voodoo, really? That's what they believe, just as you have faith and believe in your God. I'm sure you hold strong to your beliefs just as many Haitians do to Voodoo. Actually most Haitians are Roman Catholic, but some estimates say nearly half of that still practice voodoo as part of their culture. How about we respect them and help them in any way possible, regardless of religious or cultural beliefs.

& Photo #29 made me cry! So powerful.

Posted by I_Believe November 3, 10 04:26 PM

how quickly we, and the 24-hour news cycle lose interest....

#29.... an incredible heartbreaking photo.

Posted by jessica November 3, 10 04:55 PM

I think the helicopter in #41 is slightly more than "damaged"...

Where are all of the Hundreds of Millions going if not to the people? Governments can waist money faster than anyone.

Posted by Tony November 3, 10 04:59 PM

wow soooooooo sad may the Lord bless these ppl & all others who are care of coming to help our brothers & sisters God will bless them wisely...

Posted by Roseline Orelus November 3, 10 05:12 PM

why isnt #29 on the front page of papers...or indeed this website. in the olden days it probably would be. these days its politicians or celebrities. good quality photo-journalism gets relegated to galleries like this and editors think they are doing their jobs. good editors would have this photo on the front page, if not top pic of the world section.

we get the media we deserve?

Posted by myles November 3, 10 05:12 PM

Meu Deus, quem poderá ajudar esse povo tão sofrido? Será que a ninguém no mundo, interessa a existência dos haitianos?

Posted by Fabio Santos November 3, 10 05:32 PM

The Canadian government thinks funding a highly debatable and unwinnable war in Afghanistan is - at the very least - 14 times more important than helping Haitians:

The ["official"] incremental cost of the mission in Afghanistan to the Government of Canada from 2001 to 2011 is currently estimated to be approximately $11.3 billion. This excludes post-2011 costs for veterans’ disability and health care.

Canada’s financial contributions to Haiti in response to the earthquake: $810 million.

Regarding that $810 million, I wonder where that money actually went, who profited. By these pics, I'm not convinced the Haitians have benefitted.

Posted by CanCit November 3, 10 05:32 PM

To JP, #24
You strike me as one of those people who claim to "believe in Karma." The problem with people who are deadset on Karma is that their sense of compassion is twisted: they believe you derseve whatever happens to you, and that help and compassion are wasted on you. Well, then good luck with that! Keep your compassion; hopefully you'll never in a place where you ever need it.

Posted by Luciennepierre November 3, 10 05:35 PM

ten months later?

Posted by michael November 3, 10 05:36 PM

It's stunning how people can write here that they have no sympathy for the people of Haiti. Are people aware that Jean Betrand Aristide won landslide victories in elections in Haiti, and tried to help the poor of the country. His party, Lavalas, is banned from taking part in the forthcoming elections - presumably because the powers that be don't want him coming back and giving hope to the poor of the country - even now! Aristide was exiled to South Africa, by the USA, and still cannot return.

Haiti was screwed over by the US deliberately dumping cheap rice onto their markets, thereby ruining their agricultural system, forcing masses of people who used to live by farming into cities, to work in sweatshops, making clothes for US corporations.

Even Bill Clinton now admits that he was wrong in doing that, as it happened while he was president.

Still have no sympathy?

Posted by George November 3, 10 05:55 PM

Where did all the money donated go? Millions were donated to these poor people, certainly we can do better than this for all that money.

My heart goes out to all these people.

Posted by Megan November 3, 10 05:56 PM

very sad indeed... hate to see stuff like this. also hate to see so many posts about religion.. give it a rest

Posted by Frankie November 3, 10 06:06 PM

One thing that has impressed me in all photo sets I have seen from Haiti is the personal cleanliness of the people. In the days after the earthquake, funeral goers were dressed in clean white clothing. In this set, schoolgirls living in tent cities are wearing clean, pressed uniform skirts. I smiled at the young men bathing in a puddle. Whatever else the Haitian people are, they are not slobs, they have not used the crisis as an excuse to relax their personal standards. Their government might be something else....

Posted by ~~Silk November 3, 10 06:12 PM

@ comment 41 : true, and that shows the value of this blog, which is now a well known and respected media.

These pictures are painful to see (#29 is so powerful and heart braking), but thank you anyway for this reality check.

I would be curious to see a map of the blog's audience? (Hi from France !)

Posted by Sylvain November 3, 10 06:23 PM

Haiti needs more than just money to solve it's problems...

Posted by john November 3, 10 07:00 PM

#29 is so sad. I hope that kid lands into good hands for adoption.

Posted by Ted November 3, 10 07:05 PM

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton appears on #24. But what about some pics of the Brazilian Army, that EXEMPLARY commands an UN's mission of pacification and reconstruction of Haiti since 2004? Love your blog, but that's a fail.

Posted by Fabrício Marques November 3, 10 07:28 PM

These photos remind me of photos of New Orleans a year after Catrina hit. Americans shut your big mouths, stop praying to your fantasy god and just do something.

Posted by Ctrpllr November 3, 10 07:46 PM

Meanwhile large corporations announce record profits & their CEOs (still) live in obscene luxury. We have got our priorities so wrong. Sad state of affairs.

Posted by D.B. Valentine November 3, 10 08:32 PM

La foto sobre Misthaki Pierre (nº 29) es realmente conmovedora. Ese niño lo dice todo. Que tremenda tristeza y cuánta soledad.

Posted by Giulietta November 3, 10 08:33 PM

The girl in #42 is absolutely beautiful.

Posted by Kyle November 3, 10 09:17 PM

Awesome and heart breaking photos! You really captured the true situation more than I have seen anywhere before. So glad our church was able to help with wells for clean water, just as the cholera outbreak began. :)

Posted by Donna Anthony November 3, 10 09:35 PM

They have a cyber cafe but no shoes. Nice.

Posted by Francois November 3, 10 09:50 PM

Jesus dos not save a nation, but a single person... God knows what its happening... but all of you want to live forever to became what you are? No... you all need to be even better... Everething cames to crush if mankind continues in such actions...

Posted by Brave New World November 3, 10 09:56 PM

I love this blog from the bottom of my heart, it is my flash back to reality when I think I have problems, just look at these people. It's humbling... and heart breaking.

Posted by IKO November 3, 10 10:07 PM

Why are people bothering to argue over whether or not God exists in these pictures or anywhere else? People find their own paths in life and to accept those differences and to remember that we are all the same is what will get us through trying times. Whether or not something or someone exists is not the point, we spend so much time arguing over who has the better idea and who is right or wrong that we forget to actually help each other. It is evident in every day life and in the way the world is governed. We have to stop fighting each other physically and metaphorically. Let those who believe in God or some greater power do so and let those who don't deal with it in their own way. But it is undoubtedly this kind of squabbling that is at the root of so many of our problems.

Posted by Andre November 3, 10 10:16 PM

Es triste ver como la gente puede vivir en esas condiciones, uno se queja por tonteras mientras otros sufren en silencio

Posted by Patricio November 3, 10 10:21 PM

its so sad to see my neighbor country like that. I'm spanish and live in the dominican republic and i feel so bad :S Haiti is crumbling down...
but the bad thing about the haitian people ( im gonna say this because i know what im talking about) is that they expect to get everything for free, they dont wor they just ask for things expecting to get it... here in the dominican republic the population is about 11 million people and 3 million are haitians( without counting illegals(wich btw; the first day of the earthquake about 200,000 came here)) are haitians, living in the streets, asking for money in the streets in the subway, everywhere!

Posted by martin ortiz November 3, 10 10:22 PM

People who have never been to Haiti shouldn't comment. My husband was there directly after the quake. I was there in May and my husband is there right now for the third time since the quake. The people of Haiti are in a terrible mess because they live under a corrupt, greedy government. The massive amount of money and aid that has poured in as a result of compassionate human beings most often doesn't get to those who need it. I saw it with my own eyes. By the way, ask any Haitian and they will tell you that God is very present in Haiti.

Posted by Cheryl Hunnicutt November 3, 10 10:35 PM

another fine example of relief money and massive donations just seem to disappear into someones pockets and not to those in need

with the UN leading the way it is no wonder

Posted by brosty November 3, 10 11:04 PM


Posted by mag November 3, 10 11:31 PM

1. Pray to God for mercies upon these people. 2. DO something about this! Organize short and long term mission trips with our various churches to go down there and help them with medical assistance, supplies, constuction workers, material and equipment to start more productive demolition and debris removal with recycling the reuseable materials, food, medicine, clothing, $$, etc. Also engineers with water purification plants, portable solar energy set ups, drilling equipment. See the ECHO organization in N. Fort Myers. FL for assistance in organic farming techniques, seeds, literature, expertise, low tech human powered irrigation, water systems, rain water reuse barrels, etc 239-543-3246. Grace Baptist Church 239-772-1400.
Possibly Allied Engineering could help 239-334-6833.

Posted by Frank Chary November 3, 10 11:39 PM

God must've been smoking pot when the Earthquake struck Haiti.....

Posted by Darth November 3, 10 11:51 PM

29 is utterly heartbreaking. Those poor, poor children. Let us not fail them.

Posted by Allison November 4, 10 12:41 AM

Only Haitians can Save themselves, It is quite sad what happened, it was not their wish, but these are the events that shape nation and its people, its will to overcome its problems, no matter how much aid they get, and the corrupt government it will be difficult to rebuild. Am from, Africa and if the same happened to our country I think it would be the same or worse. However all said and done, we black nations it is time to rise above our color and greed and start governing ourselves in the right manner, with good policies etc. "Yes We Can" and we can overcome such calamities.

Posted by Sakangu November 4, 10 02:14 AM

My eyes are actually watering. The words can't even describe of how much I want to help.

Posted by Aira November 4, 10 02:19 AM

What most people fail to realize when discussing the money intended for Haiti is that in most cases it has never left the wallets of those who pledged it. This includes the US and unfortunately the stated reasons for the delay do hold merit. To whom do you give the money? The Haitian government, with it thousand layers of bureaucracy and corruption? The thousands of NGO's who may or may not have the best interests of the Haitians in mind? This is an incredibly difficult question with few solutions. (I say this having been down to Haiti twice since the earthquake, adopting a child from Haiti, and being part of non-profit organization supporting a school and orphanage in Haiti.) The Haitians I know are great people trying to make the most of life in one if the worst circumstances on earth and I know that given the right circumstances and opportunity the country could thrive!

Posted by Brent November 4, 10 02:21 AM

Heartbreaking! These photos brought sadness to me, as did looking at the memorial museum for 911 in NYC.

God works through people...those rescuing others at the time of the earthquake and in the days after. (Ditto comment #16.) Haitians DO need God. They are deceived and frightened by Voodooism and superstition, which does not give them any help in their difficulties. God is the only hope for Haiti or any other country or individual.

It is what we make of our trials that is the true test of our faith and character. Living in Haiti is like moving back in time; if you have never been to Haiti you don't know the lack of equipment available to repair such widespread devastation. Organizations need to use some of the money/food donated and give it out in exchange for work done toward cleanup. It would promote self-worth and help the country.

Government there has had lots of problems. Donate through a trusted church organization and your giving will go directly to the people and not be tied up in red tape...that is what I am doing. With the help of a generous group, Projecthulp, in Holland, they are helping build homes for earthquake victims, and helping people in other ways as well.

Posted by Connie November 4, 10 02:43 AM

Okay, we know by now that praying isn't working.

Posted by Anthony November 4, 10 03:05 AM

The same thing we experienced in Indonesia, when the big earthquake struck in Padang in 2009. Fortunately the condition is now better, the debris had been cleaned, and improved infrastructure including electricity, transportation and communication take place smoothly. I hope our brothers in Haiti could quickly recover from this disaster.

Posted by Luna Maya November 4, 10 03:08 AM

Absolute touching set of photos!! If the only comments you have after viewing them are arguments over whether God exists or not, you should re-evaluate your own morals...Whatever your religious beliefs are (or are not), the cold hard reality is that these people are displaced, dying, living in poverty, and in need of assistance. I'm going next month to provide medical care so I ask- WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO HELP???

Posted by Dr.P November 4, 10 03:12 AM

@Ctrpllr You are spot on! When will people realize it's one big farce. Btw, this goes for all other religions too.

The pictures are fantastic as always. The Picture certainly is my favorite blog!

Posted by Willem van Oranje November 4, 10 03:15 AM

To all of you who don't believe that God is the answer to all of this, He is. I was there when the earthquake hit. I survived, and it was only through the grace of God that I'm alive today to even be writing this. I saw how much God provided for everyone's needs there. When we were about to run out of IV bags or other supplies, someone would always miraculously bring us a huge shipment of exactly what we needed. We always got them at the perfect time, and because of that, many Haitian lives were saved. How can you say God doesn't exist? I know for a fact that He kept us alive and at peace through it all, even though we were surrounded by a nightmare.

Posted by Michelle November 4, 10 03:25 AM

Where the billions of euros and dollars sent from worldwide are gone???

Posted by Andrea November 4, 10 04:01 AM

I have followed the Big Picture for a long time now and I have never been moved so much as photo #29, I hope there is something positive to come to that young man Misthaki Pierre...

Posted by Chris Taylor November 4, 10 04:42 AM

et pendant ce temps des gens, que certains saluent chapeau bas, se pavanent dans des palaces !!!!!!!!!!!!!

j'oubliais : dieu est amour !!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Mamé November 4, 10 04:43 AM

Very sad pictures! I do agree that praying isn't going to solve Haiti's problems. What they need is better government, which I'm sorry to say will probably never come.
How long have people prayed to a higher power to save them from one miserable existence to another? 1 thousand years? 3 thousand ? 6 thousand years? How many people do you suppose died waiting for salvation?
For all those who believe that everything can be solved simply by the power of prayer, I challenge them to pray for world peace and the end to world hunger forever.
Progress and better government is the solution to what is here and now not simply praying and waiting for thing to fix themselves.
Pray to whatever God you believe in for the salvation of your soul not to fix whatever needs fixing now.

Posted by M.Parker November 4, 10 04:47 AM

Where the hell did all those donated millions went?

Posted by Patrick November 4, 10 04:58 AM

All this is for me one of the proofs that god does not exist.

Posted by Dechevaux November 4, 10 05:13 AM

Bigpicture has become a place for debate about God... go and find another place for these nonsense fights please

Posted by Eric Calabros November 4, 10 05:35 AM

Sad sad sad ....when will they ever get back to some kind of normality.

Posted by Domenic November 4, 10 05:36 AM

Only 1/10 of the money governments promised to give for Haiti was sent. 1/10! And I'm not surprised to see the situation, 10 months later. It looks like nothing has changed.
That's why I hate politics. They ALWAYS promise, but they never give a damn sh*t.

Posted by Clif November 4, 10 06:29 AM

#14 : It's written :

" No matter your strengh, you will find your master"...


Posted by kosmo November 4, 10 06:31 AM

Where is God again? What they did him?

Posted by Trapi November 4, 10 07:34 AM

On the #14 the message on the instrument means:
"No matter how strong you are, you'll find your master"
Great serie...

Posted by Ketzo November 4, 10 08:09 AM

#29 is so sad

Posted by Michael November 4, 10 10:12 AM

Pauvres gens ! Affreux ! Quelle tristesse...

Posted by Reggio November 4, 10 10:46 AM

It's worse than you see here. We need to make good on our promise of funds to help Haiti. The promised funds are being blocked thru the efforts of one man: Republican Senator Tom Coburn. Shame.

Posted by David November 4, 10 11:01 AM

What to say? We have no idea....our lives are sooooooo good.

Posted by Anonymous November 4, 10 11:02 AM

It is really obscene to think about all the money this country spent on the election. 10% of that ridiculous total could have made a world of difference to Haiti.

Posted by Laurie November 4, 10 11:04 AM

What will happen to the little boy in #29? It breaks my heart.

Please donate money if you can. Partners in Health is a good organization that is doing a lot for the people of Haiti.

Posted by Lulu November 4, 10 11:07 AM

Where? Where? Where is all the money that was pledged after the earthquake? Or is there no money and it was nothing more than a cruel game of upmanship - my donation is bigger than yours? Haven't these people suffered enough without having to be burdened further by Western hypocrisy?

Posted by Vera Gottlieb November 4, 10 12:55 PM

Photo 18 - A young girl walks her way to school, dressed as proudly as she and her family can encourage her and enable her to be -
People in adverse situations are as strong as they show their children they can be ... this girl ( as all of our children, in all societies ) are our future.
We should all respect those who have the strength to continue in difficult situations and times. Sobering photographs, all -

Posted by Bud November 4, 10 01:10 PM

this is a terrible situation, but not a hopeless one. Sure it seems that there is no hope or future for Haiti when looking at it in photos or by pure statistics, but there are ways to start down the road to progress. Heavy machinery for deconstruction, current and relevant curriculums in schools and orphanages, job markets created via new construction and teaching and so much more. Haiti is like a blank slate.... well once all of the rubble is moved. They have a good chance if the world continues to keep it's heart open.

Posted by Deej November 4, 10 01:18 PM

Oh God! Give strength...

Posted by Shardendu November 4, 10 01:56 PM

Unbelievable....... how can we let things like this happen!!!

Posted by Mike November 4, 10 02:00 PM

That waste that you see going straight to sea was there before the earthquake. These people never managed to fix proper infrastructure because of corruption. And it will not change. I did not donate myself, but through my taxes I have paid a considerable amount of aid euros. If I could, I would ask that back with the next tax declaration.

If you're too stupid to understand something like an earthquake and mismanagement of a country, then please do not immediately lower the level of conversation with your claims of some "God".... this religious fanaticism is like alcoholism, keep your fairytales at home and don't bother other people with it. In fact, "God" is the main cause of human and animal suffering in the world.

Posted by Conrad November 4, 10 02:04 PM

Appreciate what we have now..Pray for Haiti

Posted by suetyheng November 4, 10 02:10 PM

Injustice is everywhere but this nation is suffering more from injustice than natural disasters. How can they be let in such conditions? Where are the funds promised by all "friendly and well intentioned" nations? How can people coming from abroad to help them deliberately pour their shit in the rivers when they do know that almost the whole population live and drink water directly from rivers? THAT IS A CRIME and they must pay for it.

Posted by zenakaz November 4, 10 02:28 PM

Who could believe we could have been able to do something for them.
Who could believe money could have resolved everything...
Our new beautifull world is responsible for such divergence of way of life. I'm talking about capitalism and its brothers.
I'm responsible for that too, because i do not think about Haïtians when i get up every days... i prefer do not see what really happen and play the hypocrite world game (even if i'm sure i'm not the worst)

God bless them, it seems to be the best to say at the moment...

Posted by Stanley November 4, 10 02:36 PM

The Lord IS present. He is there. Don't ever forget that he loves every one in this world.

Posted by Anonymous November 4, 10 02:42 PM

Asking to pray is just criminal... Let's be adults now. Send money and people ; that's all.

Posted by Artur November 4, 10 03:18 PM

#29 just killed me. The grief in that poor child. To lose both never ends. It just killed me....

Posted by lrao November 4, 10 03:21 PM

In response to:
GOD is the only answer. not vodoo not anything else. only GOD can restore His people. my prayers are with the people of Haiti.
Posted by Anonymous November 3, 2010 02:19 PM

One should not impose his ideas upon others, especially when it is done bluntly and without any justifications. In other words, I am not criticizing this person for believing in God. But he or she should not say outright that HIS/HER God is better than any other types of sprirituality (i.e. Voodoo in this case).

Posted by LP November 4, 10 03:47 PM

Haiti's problems are directly resulting from slavery. Shame on France! Shame on the US!

Posted by Adrienne November 4, 10 03:54 PM

Oh, Misthaki....

Posted by Dena November 4, 10 05:13 PM

Stop praying and act! Or continue praying and act! One thing you must not do: continue praying and do nothing.

Posted by Student November 4, 10 05:25 PM

The better part of a billion dollars in aid money went into Haiti after the earthquake. Just where did it all go?

Posted by cowpoke1000 November 4, 10 05:27 PM

Comment #111, ARE YOU INSANE!
When you can't find a better solution, blame everything on the past!
It's like playing the race card all over again. When will people stop blaming what happened in the past to what is happening now. The Haitian people have ample time and money to build a better society and they have continuously failed miserably. No amount of money poured into this country will change anything until the people themselves do something about it.
Religion will not save Haiti from extreme poverty only good government will. When will people realize that the vast amount of money given to Haiti only ends up in the pockets of corrupt people and these are the same people who are the one's exploiting the Haitian poor.

Posted by S. Voigt November 4, 10 05:44 PM

and yet we (people from developed countries) still find ways to complain about our lifes....

Posted by Thomas November 4, 10 05:54 PM

Hellooooooo people of Boston and the world! An injection of reality is needed here. I implore you to stop banging on about 'God' (in whatever form or religion) on these forums. Quote god all you like when you have a statement on his take of this human disaster, or indeed a single scrap of evidence that he/it/whatever exists. Until that time, stop wringing your hands and hoping that an imaginary man in the sky will help these people. They need shelter, sanitation, and education. From there things will get better.

I get the feeling that i'm wasting my time here, but rest assured that the world is a little bit older than 6000 years old.

Pictures like no 42 are a demonstration of the human spirit, nothing else. To hijack that with talk of god only makes your point less valid.

Posted by robert November 4, 10 06:04 PM

Picture no. 4
Take a close look at picture 4!!!
Watch the man's left arm!!

Posted by pierroro November 4, 10 06:05 PM

Hard to see #29 and not feel the pain... I have a knot in my throat...

Posted by Rodrigo Blanco November 4, 10 06:37 PM

Thank God for the Clinton Foundation..."Just send us your cash"

Posted by J November 4, 10 06:51 PM

#29 made me cry. I wish I knew what to do to help.

Posted by mel November 4, 10 06:59 PM

For all those who says "God bless them" or "I pray to God" or "Bless the People", despite hundreds of millions of prayers, I don't see any divine intervention happening!
You can pray until your head explode but Haiti will still be Haiti and the poor will still be poor.
Sympathy to the less fortunate is one thing, asking for divine intervention is another.
Religion is good for the soul, it will not feed a hungry body nor improve a horrid conditions. Where are all the "intellectuals" in Haiti? or do they even have an them, or are they just as corrupt as people in power?
The Dominican Republic should annex Haiti, maybe they can put some sense of directions which been lacking for a very long time.

Posted by Jhon November 4, 10 08:06 PM

@ 118 yes!! picture 4 is rare

Posted by mm November 4, 10 08:16 PM

for all those who are wondering what happened to all the donations:

Posted by messed up world November 4, 10 08:59 PM

Pray for these people, to make it worse tropical storm tomas will only make things worse

Posted by a November 4, 10 09:20 PM

Mwen ap di a tout moun pou yo rete vigilan IN GOD WE TRUST

Posted by tombeau osvaldo November 4, 10 09:28 PM

Our charity sent over $300,000.00 in aid to Haiti last February. Medicines, tarp, survival equipment, towels, cooking utensils, tents.... and a lot more. The Americans had just been thrown out of the airport in Port-Au-Prince. The Haitian government took over and the nightmare began. As long as the American military was in charge of the airport, a flood of relief was getting through. When they left, so much stopped including our relief work there. Now it is dangerous and a mess. Clean up the government, and stop the corruption. I think the government there wants to kill half of it's own people, another form of genocide, and that is criminal. I can speak because I can no longer travel there or recommend that our teams go.

Posted by Karen K. November 5, 10 12:04 AM

I cannot begin to describe the pain that I see in the photo of the young boy. What I see in all of these photos is such a combination of tragedy and chaos that is something beyond human words to explain, or blame, or pray away. The suffering of life and the events of nature are unpredictable. I ask then, why does the United States and it's allies, choose to create more chaos and death? Why do our leaders decide to be the earthquake that will go to other nations and kill and destroy peoples homes in self righteousness? Why do we choose to create more misery on earth that will take another young boy's parents away forever?

Posted by ak November 5, 10 12:18 AM

# 29 brought tears to my eyes, I felt his pain, his grief, I hope someone reach out to this child, hugs him and try to help him cope with the most devastating loss of his life. He needs our prayers.

Posted by marie November 5, 10 12:42 AM

@Brit (Comment #16)
It's also funny how you like to hold this so called 'God' responsible for everything good on earth and not hold responsible for everything bad.

Posted by Sach November 5, 10 02:20 AM

I'm not religious nor am I racist, but when you see the trail of catastrophes and misfortunes that hit this nation, it makes you think that Haiti pernaps may be actually cursed. American occupation, the Duvaliers, Raoul Cedras, gangsters, earthquakes, and now the tropical storm pending. Where do we begin?

Posted by Georges November 5, 10 04:43 AM

#115 you clearly don't have a clue what legacy means. You've obviously never studied the character and impact of slavery anywhere, let alone Haiti.

Haiti has been sh-- on by the international community for centuries because they were the only country that ejected the colonialists and created their own government, culture and society.

The global economy is nothing new and without its support how is any country supposed to thrive?
The ONLY reason countries in the West rose to prominence is because they've successfully exploited the labour of Africans, women and their own working class.

There is as much intellect, creativity and ingenuity in Haiti as anywhere else, but they've struggled against impossible odds for several centuries.

This is a world that does not like black people and that's why Haitians haven't been able to rise above their past.

Posted by Leni November 5, 10 09:00 AM

This is not or should not be a time to discuss religious differences when the needs of the Haitian people are so dire. It is not a time to discuss the many wrongs of the past . The only relevant discussions should be about how we can help them NOW. The heartbreaking pictures are there to motivate us to act somehow, not wallow in a voyeuristic fog of computer generated net surfing.

Posted by Susan November 5, 10 09:27 AM

You Americans need to ask the Clinton Foundation:

"What have you done with the money?"

"What have you done with the money?"

"What have you done with the money?"

"What have you done with the money?"

Until you get an answer. It was once your money, you deserve an explanation.

Clinton stands to gain personally from the rebuilding of Haiti. I would not be surprised if he ended up owning most of the island.

Posted by britalian November 5, 10 09:55 AM

Lord, bring peace and salvation to the beautiful people of Haiti.

Posted by jrodewald November 5, 10 10:59 AM

I gave $100 last week. Do something people!

Posted by George Bunfoot November 5, 10 11:00 AM

I eave for Haiti in 23 days and 24 sleeps. I am only 15, but I can do something to help these people, even if its been 10 months.I can help in changing the world.

Posted by Khiya November 5, 10 11:04 AM


That isn't a Photoshop fail; that's the arm of the boy he's carrying. It's dangling at the perfect angle to appear to be coming out of the man's arm. You can't see the rest of the man's arms because they are bent in order to carry the boy.

I also think these God debates are extremely unfair to everyone involved. To provide a perspective of the origins of this statement, I am a Pagan who worships the Earth and many gods. Having said that, I believe everyone should be allowed to worship his or her own deity in whatever way he or she pleases. If that is a Christian god, so be it. It's not a fairy tale, it's not foolishness; it's merely a human perspective on something that can help that human get through any hardship. If the only thing someone has to cling to is the concept of a deity, why take that away? Hate and religion should, in a perfect world, have nothing to do with one another.

On that note, these pictures are beautiful, and in my opinion, they highlight the strength of the human race rather than anything about corruption or failed relief efforts (although I do recognize and understand that these do exist). Look at the ones of people smiling; those hit me harder than the sad ones because that just shows you how people can still find joy even while surrounded by a nightmare.

Posted by Ashleigh November 5, 10 11:14 AM

Given the level of devistation, it will take many years to make life liveable again. I would like to know if there are ANY positive signs? Is there any new infrastructure construction beginning? Power, water purification, waste treatment, permanent homes? Anything? What about the use renewals there, like wind turbines or solar panels?

Posted by MES700 November 5, 10 11:16 AM

10 Months later! What a shame. The eve of a potential life threatening strom these pictures are posted and articles written. Where is the aid to help these poor people of god. The United States Goverment could care less of this situation becasue in Haiti there is nothing that the US want's ! No oil, no minerials.

Posted by BTFOX November 5, 10 11:37 AM

In the end Haiti is a sovereign country The world can try to help but as long as Haiti has a corrupt dysfunctional govt they will never recover. If any country tires to come in and make it function they will be accused of tying to take over Haiti. The people of Haiti have to get a functional govt to rebuild their country again.

Posted by A fisher November 5, 10 12:11 PM

I've been to Haiti twice, before and after the earthquake. You can't make any generalizations about people but get to know individuals. I did not see where the aid was after the earthquake - no organization at all but plenty of misery.

Posted by Peggy November 5, 10 12:40 PM

Ironic that the coffin they're going to burry in the ground appears to be one of the nicest things in the devastated country. Seems like a waste of money when it could be used for something a lot more productive.

Posted by Matt November 5, 10 12:46 PM

I am sick and tired of people commenting on “ I feel so bad for this folks”, “ pray for them”, “it’s so sad to see how they live”.
Let’s freaking DO something….everyone..everybody……..there are millions upon millions while others just enjoy the good life………shame on us……….
Let’s DO something……….NOW.

Posted by Alex November 5, 10 02:01 PM

Very very hurt, sad, but as long as we cross our arms waiting for others to do something for us, we will not accomplish anything. Others will not change Haiti for us. They can only help. Thanks !!
We are not united and our politicians are destroying the country. They do not love the country, they love their interests.
The international community should not rely on the government to help them rebuilt the country. The IC should instead find a way to consult some honest and good Haitians living in the diapora to help move this country.
The US and our other friendly nations need to better understand the Haitian Culture and lets us take our own responsibility, specially when the people chose their own leader, but not selecting one for us.

Posted by Pierre Joas November 5, 10 02:46 PM

@132, I'm quite aware of "legacy" of slavery. What makes you think you are the only one who understands the "legacy" of slavery?

"This is a world that does not like black people and that's why Haitians haven't been able to rise above their past."

Give me a break! Whether your black, yellow, blue or green, there's always some form of discrimination but to use that as an excuse is asinine. If the rest of the world didn't like black people, I'm sure no one will give their hard earned money to help them.

"Haiti has been sh-- on by the international community for centuries because they were the only country that ejected the colonialists and created their own government, culture and society"

Really, what about Vietnam, China......and so on. They were oppressed by the western powers too and treated no better than dogs?
Despite that, they manage to pick themselves off the floor and take care of their people. Just like Liberia, Haiti has become the basket case of the world. Just how much money will the world give that ends up in the hands of corrupt Haitians?

There's no easy answers to Haiti. Whatever change is needed, the Haitians must do it themselves or become a welfare case for the rest of the world.

Posted by Jhon November 5, 10 04:10 PM

I think that these pictures serve to villify the country and its people rather than raising an awareness. By the many comments I have read so far, I can tell the level of ignorance of people who are quick to judge not knowing the history of Haiti. There are indeed corrupted leaders but there are also honest people. Everyone talks about millions worth of Aid but what do they know. Most funds are channelled via international NGOs and very few local NGOs. The bilaterals that contribute to a project hire NGOs from that country and highly paid expatriate, in the end, the impact is mager. No one talks about Haiti's resources, its gold, its copper (part 1)

Posted by Emmanuelle Gilles November 5, 10 11:47 PM

Continued from part 1:

The oil deposits that were found in 5 geographical sites in the country that are declared foreign reserves and no one can touch them because they just happened to be on Haitian soil but they are not for Haitians. How come no one knows what's happening with the exploitation of Gold in the country? With the UN presence, USAID, CIDA, French Cooperation, and all the Embassies that are represented on site, tell me how come none can come with a joint project to develop social housing in the country. Why the World Bank refuses to invest in social development in Haiti. How else can you get these people out of that situation.

Posted by Emmanuelle Gilles November 5, 10 11:57 PM

Part III

The gentleman who wrote that the Dominicans should govern Haiti, what he should say is that Foreigners should stop imposing democracy on us as we have plenty of decent people who can govern our country but democracy only let the people choose the worst. Why are foreigners funding elections and not social housing for the people.

Showing these pictures to read the type of comments that I am reading make me sick. The author would could have also showed that there are people living decentlives also. The country does not have just misery. If we want to help the country, we need to come with the right message. We are all too familiar with this constant portraying of Haiti's bad image as if we are looking for pity. Not every Haitian is living in these conditions. I have seen other countries with their misery as well.

Posted by Emmanuelle Gilles November 6, 10 12:06 AM

God bless the entire world, thanks to everyone who support my country with your money,prayer and everything...My cousin have his leg save because he had chance to come here in the US...THANK-YOU keep helping us God bless all of you!

Posted by D.Romel November 6, 10 12:50 AM

Heartbreaking. :(

Posted by Nasuha November 6, 10 03:14 AM

I worked in Haiti for 4 months after the earthquake. Its a very sorry state of affairs. Haiti's turn around not only lies with the Government but with the people of Haiti. 300 hundred years of slavery and 200 years of independence? Hiatians must get desparate for change if any change will ever come.

Posted by Paul Gol November 6, 10 03:16 AM

Everybody knows the monney given disappeared but any journalists or medias investigate on this fact. It's menntioned as an evidence and that's it.

Posted by veronique November 6, 10 09:01 AM

this is so unbelievable...stop complaining for no reason there are those people who wish to be like u.

Posted by kate November 6, 10 11:21 AM

Por favor donde estan los POTENCIAS MUNDIALES, hay que ser mas humanitarios, nadie esta libre de un desastre como lo estan viviendo los HAITIANOS, donde las NACIONES UNIDAS, donde estan la UNESCO., donde esta la OEA, EN FIN ESTAN EN LA CONCIENCIA DE CADA UNO de las Instituciones que tanto predican la caridad.

Posted by Luis Guillermo Rivera Aita November 6, 10 01:55 PM

Beautiful and powerful pictures.
I really hope that this earthquake, as bad as it has been, will present an opportunity to rebuild the country in a sustainable and socially responsible manner with green technology and efficient public infrastructure.
Unfortunately by looking at how things have been going on, it looks like large corporations and foreign states are just going to split up the country for themselves and leave Haiti as devastated as it was when they got there.

Posted by Martin Calisto November 6, 10 02:46 PM

How can I contact the people who took these pictures? I would like to have more information about the little boy in picture #29. That picture BROKE my heart!!!

Posted by Christina November 6, 10 04:19 PM

I would like so much to help financially the children of Serette Pierre who died of cholera, Adonia and Misthaky. I wish I could know how to contact or reach them. Please help me out; anyone who can.

Posted by Lionel G. November 6, 10 06:56 PM

While I'm sure there are decent Haitians trying to do what's best for Haiti, but that doesn't belay the fact that generation after generation the cycle of poverty and corruption continues to persist.
If the majority of Haitians wants good government, perhaps they should appeal to the United Nation to send someone to restructure the government so that it does the work its suppose to.
305 years have passed since Haiti's independence with a little under 10 million Haitians and still the country is the poorest in the western hemisphere. It's inconceivable how much time, money and lives have been lost and nothing to show for it.
Honestly, the Haitians has to do something themselves. They can't rely on the international community for every disaster they faced. Least people forget, the devastation of the tsunami in Aceh, Indonesia in 2004 in which 226,000 died and 500,000 homeless and yet they manage to rebuild.
So, why can't Haiti do the same? Does the responsibility falls to the international community to do so? The US government already gave $1.5 billion in immediate aid following the earthquake and another $1.5 billion is in Congress waiting for approval not mention donation from private groups. So, why no progress in Haiti?

Posted by Aldric Brun November 6, 10 08:30 PM

to Martin Ortiz
how dare you say we expect everything for free. Why do you think we chose to go to the DR ????? We go there not to sell our bodies like you guys use to do in Haiti in the past, but to work in the sugar cane field, or in your houses as maid. We do all type of Job in DR to survive. How many Haitians kids go to DR to to study, a lot of them are in Med school. In Haiti,the kids go to school and can't get jobs because they are not part of the privilege, We value education and hard work but unfortunately the people responsible is the Haitian government, Not the people. If now in 2010 Haitian looks like a big trash bag is because we have a government that is corrupt and greedy, Not because my we are lazy. When they come to the states most of them go to college i cannot say the same for Dominican.

Posted by Tendresse November 7, 10 12:40 AM

i wish that i had a way to get there to help, those people deserve so much more than they receive.

Posted by jeremy schmidt November 7, 10 02:33 AM

Rien n'a changé et on est en train petit à petit de les oublier, c'est terrible.
Il faut en avoir de la force pour parvenir à retrouver un quotidien après cette tragédie et au milieu de ce décor apocalyptique, je serai devenue folle depuis longtemps.

Posted by emi November 7, 10 03:31 PM

#64"wrote :
"its so sad to see my neighbor country like that. I'm spanish and live in the dominican republic and i feel so bad :S Haiti is crumbling down...
but the bad thing about the haitian people ( im gonna say this because i know what im talking about) is that they expect to get everything for free, they dont wor they just ask for things expecting to get it... "
I'm Haitian and I'm living in Haiti. I can testify how Domincans have helped us after the quake. Stunt! Haitians are hard workers, they just want a place to market their products. It's not easy when Haitian have to compete with other people without an elite responsible.. Earth pertains to everyone, moving is an appeal for life. Haitians are not only people looking for life in another country.
Are Dominicans ready to open their markets to haitian products like Haitian do for them ? In my experience, if an Haitian want to break up with a Dominican, he has just to try to sell him a haitian product, whatever CD, beverages, software.
Haitians oligarchy, with their skin clearer than the majority of Haitians, react as if they were Dominicans. They think they are closer to the caucasians so they don't have any attachment to their country, in their minds they think they are closer to Dominicans than the majority of Haitians, so they resell for DR instead of investing in Haiti to create jobs. As long as Haitian oligarchy will think Haiti is a place whre they just do business, there is no future for Haiti, unless a new elite with a different vision emerged. That's a legacy of the slavery and colonialism. Domincans are just exploiting a legacy, even it is fatal to Haitians.

Posted by pitmakaya November 7, 10 05:45 PM

Isn't it funny how massive amounts of armed troops, along with tanks, Humvees, aircraft, etc. can be transported to a country in a matter of days or weeks to conduct a war, but a similar effort cannot be mounted in a relief effort? Would shipping heavy construction equipment and the personnel to conduct a cleanup and build at least temporary shelters, be any more difficult than what it takes to destroy a country? Or is it because there's more money to be made building and selling weapons than there is in helping rebuild an impoverished nation?
So-called "world leaders" should be ashamed to show their faces in public while allowing such a tragedy to go on and on, unabated, for months while people suffer and die!

Posted by Martin O. November 7, 10 07:15 PM

So, so sad to see those pictures. Been to Port au Prince in dec. 2009. It was heartbreaking then allready..
Most of the promissed money from all over the world never actually was donated. Just 4,1%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And it seems that most of the helping now comes from the smaller organisations.
The Haitians still need all the help they can get. Wy is it not possible to send material (trucks or whatever) to help them get rid of the debris??
You should realize that Haiti is only a two hours flight away from Miami!!!
Let's not close our eyes en please think of how f****** lucky you are that you were born somewhere else. But thatdoes not give you a reason to sit back and do nothing! W

Posted by G. Reitsma (Holland) November 8, 10 03:22 AM

I am stunned! I dont know what else to say. We down here in Australia are somewhat starved of this news, if we get it, its hidden away behind our so called hectic lives. BUt what about these poor people, heartbreaking.

Posted by michael sutton November 8, 10 05:18 AM

saludos a todos haiti es una muestra de un pueblo que resiste a morir, a npesar de todos los embtaes que la naturaleza le ha colocado, quizas una pureba, quizas la mano del hombre en afan de probar nuevas armas de destruccion masiva, quien sabe lo cierto delc aso es que tenemos que sincerarnos y apoyar a este pueblo no solo con las necesidades que estan pasando, como comida, agua, entre otras cosas, sino tambein a prepararse a enfrenatr a los retos que la naturaleza le expone, animo y apoyo al pueblo haitiano

Posted by josep fuentes November 8, 10 07:57 AM

"But that does not give you a reason to sit back and do nothing!"
Actually, it does. There are starving kids in my own city, why would I turn my attentions elsewhere? Not only does helping locally give you a direct insight into how much you have helped, it helps the community, that helps all of the individuals in it. So when I help the family down the street that can't feed their four children, or provide them shoes and winter clothes, it helps everyone in the community by reducing the reliance on govt programs, which reduces my taxes, which allows me to help even more. What kind of benefit do I get from sending a check to Haiti? For 5 minutes I can feel as pompous as Sean Penn.

Posted by Jeremy November 8, 10 09:31 AM

i feeeell baaadd.. thiss iss saaad :((
Pray for Haiti

Posted by Anonymous November 8, 10 11:30 AM

164. We went there. Its far easier to destroy than rebuild an unrebuildable 4th world country. Take your a&% down there and tell me what you'd do.

Posted by Navy November 8, 10 12:26 PM

some one has to do something about this so many people are dieing and children are hunger and people are just leaving them any were on the street and make them slaves and make girl turn to prostitution and the government dose nothing about it. and i am doing a project on Haiti and Asia and all i find is kids dieing and slaves it should all stop

Posted by lizzy November 8, 10 01:11 PM

168 said "what kind of benefit do i get from sending a check to Haiti?"...
You only want to help to get something in return?
Maybe it would be good if you stayed a while in Haiti yourself and live the way lots of Haitians do. Like, for example, in a tent without food, and clean water..
Those people didn't choose this life, it just happened.. Haitians deserve a deep respect because they stay positive and try to make the best of it any time and in all surcomstances.
All these people should have a pad on the back for dealing with that kind of life every day! Not you who thinks it's great to give something so it reduces your taxes...

Posted by anonymous November 8, 10 02:10 PM

This is such a sad story don't know what to say: Should I say que la volonte de Dieu soit faite; yet I don't beleive that is His will for this country. But I know there is no prayer without Amen! Suzie 11/08/103{40 pm''.

Posted by Anonymous November 8, 10 03:41 PM

Poor poor haiti - a disaster where millions of people sitting on their hands waiting for someone to come along and fix everything for them.
Sorry - but the country was a dung heap before the quake and it is a slightly messier dung heap now. These are some of the nastiest people around. I see this more as a karma quake. I am sure there is some innocence being hit by this problem - but until the people of Haiti get off their own asses and try to help one another they will be much the same 10, 20, 50 years from now.

Posted by Marcell November 8, 10 03:42 PM

haiti does not need money they need heavy equipment and operators,the need concrete grinders and loaders and dump trucks,the buildings are toast who cares who owns them grind them up and move them out and re establish there city .it is not complicated .it is simply a matter of providing the equipment money is meaningless.set up an incinerator to burn trash .organize and train these people to run the operation. money cant be involved someone will just steal it. if bill gates wants to give away his money.spend it on a fully equipped construction crew.i would go in a heartbeat to spearhead this operation stop the bs get it done thiembarrasing

Posted by ed koch November 8, 10 04:13 PM

Knowledge is wealth,
Ignorance is poverty!
There is no poor country, only lack of vision and know-how can hold back a population.
The day one starts moving to take care of oneself he/she is moving away of poverty. Let's help our fellow countrymen find the path of education and get out of passivity!!!

Posted by Huguens November 8, 10 04:40 PM

This is sick, the fact that they were dumping the excrement into the river just angers me immensely.

Posted by Brononymous November 8, 10 06:19 PM

Haiti doesn't need help as much as it need action. #s 12 & 13.

Posted by Toosinbeymen November 9, 10 06:54 AM

@174 - Unbelievable that anyone can say that most of the 300,000 people that died as a result of the earthquake deserved it. You want to talk about karma? Lets see what happens to you after the hateful things that you have said. There's no doubt that there has always been corruption and greed in Haiti but if you honestly believe that they 'had it coming to them' then shame on you.

Posted by G November 9, 10 10:38 AM

I will not be donating any more money to a corrupt system, however if anyone has any information on how to adopt a child, I don't care the age I will be more than willing to do just that. The picture of the little boy broke my heart!!!! Please forward any information to

Posted by Ana Alexander November 9, 10 11:44 AM

I have been to Haiti twice and they are wonderful giving people. Oh yes there are some that do things that do not help the people but that is everywhere. I do believe in our LORD and Savior and I do believe HE will help the improvished. We need to help in every way we can, not by bad mouthing the people but encourageing them to help them selves perhaps by letting them know they must vote or support one that cares for their country and will help them build rather than destroy.teach them they are GODS children. Yes, pray for the country to be restored. Hey US goverment how about taking the money we have given and buy YURTS to house the people? constructions workers remove and ship the destruction to a place where it can be allowed to clean up the debri. ship food and medicine. I know the people will help if they have some hope. Jmc

Posted by Jmc November 9, 10 01:10 PM

#29 is the most powerful image I have seen in a long time. I'm conflicted about the photographer intruding on such a private terrible moment, but the image has really struck me inside. I've come back to that image over and over for the last four days and I can't get that poor kid's grief and desperation out of my mind. I'd really like to know what happened to him and if I can help in any way.

I went to to donate. It looks like they are using the money to help these desperate people with fewer obstructions from the governments, although not entirely unencumbered.

Posted by a dad November 9, 10 04:44 PM

#182 - I felt the same way too. I've contacted the Getty Images/ world Vision/CNN to bring some light to that little boy' story but with no success. Thank you for the website. I'll donate there too.
PS: I've set up a facebook page for that little boy in picture #29. It would be more appreciated if you guys become a fan and share the page:)!/pages/Help-Misthaki-Pierre-find-a-place-to-call-home/130233283697646

Posted by Christina November 9, 10 08:11 PM

It was so clear that it would end up with Cholera epidemy or sth worse...
Once Again exclusion will remain...?

Posted by Josi November 9, 10 09:48 PM

Hello to all! this is what i think lets stop waiting for others. we can start as little groups and cover diferent areas in Haiti to either clean up or feed some people i'm whiling to do that. Now my question is are there anyone whiling to start with me. if so please e-mail me at one more thing my job is hosting fundraising event to help rebuild a clinic we have in delma 19 Haiti please come be part of that. for more information you can go on my facebook page my name there is Beatingheart Alcindor. thank you with much love and God-bless.

Posted by Edwige Alcindor November 10, 10 05:33 PM

I have not read nearly all the comments, but I did read a few. I live in Haiti at the time, but I am Canadian. It breaks me to see these pics, especially #29. My heart breaks for that child and I wonder what will happen to him. The cholera ones are heartbreaking too. I know one thing...God is still in control, and for those of you who are born again believers, He has given us a job to do, whether it is to pray, send someone, or go. Let's just be obedient to whatever He calls us too. Even when circumstances seem overwhelming and hopeless, like they could for Haiti right now, it is not! God is still God! This country needs the prayers of the righteous more than ever before!

Posted by Melissa Fehr November 10, 10 07:01 PM

whats wrong with pic 4? With his left arm he is holding his child. Assuming the child has 2 arms her 2 arms are dangling

Posted by susan November 10, 10 07:49 PM

We are praying for all the people of Port au prince. This is extremely devastating.

Posted by Anonymous November 10, 10 08:06 PM

OK...I just wish that the USA would invade Haiti for a good cause unlike how they invaded Iraq for somewhat no reason at all, and just rebuild the country and make it a U.S. Territory. I guess since Haiti has no actual resource the U.S. can gain, it is wishful thinking on my part. All the money wasted fighting a senseless war and you have innocent people dying and suffering for no reason........

Posted by j.j November 11, 10 02:23 AM

Je suis surprise de constater que tous les commentaires sont en anglais...Les langues officielles en Haiti ne sont-elles pas le créole et le français ???? J'ai vécu 8 ans dans ce si gentil pays et je me faisais comprendre de tout le monde avec ces deux langues... Qui parle anglais à Bainet, à Verrette, à Pilate ??? Mais c'est vrai qu'il y a beaucoup de bavardage mais pas beaucoup d'effets...

Posted by Edith de Salins November 11, 10 11:20 AM

We must ask the people of Haiti, those who reside in the tents: What are their needs right now? What will bring them relief and comfort? ask because we CARE not because we feel sorry for them but because we respect the fact that they are victims of a natural disaster. Once they express their needs than let's start helping and granting their wishes and desires. I am willing to help but at their own terms and not what I decide is best for them. It is obvious that there is a need for a construction of a shelter in Pot-au-Prince in the area where the tents are. Why? Because the residents of these tents want to be there. There is enough money to construct a more suitable residence in that area. The government of Haiti will not do it, The Diaspora must!

Posted by Miche Jean-Marie Singh November 11, 10 12:48 PM

This is horrible but it is not unexpected. Millions have been poured into Haiti and thousands of volunteers have been there for months but the average people of Haiti still suffer. In the past the government of Haiti was very corrupt and it is still corrupt. Look it up people it is not the fault of the US or any other government than their own that the people still suffer in these conditions.

The American public has contributed millions of dollars to Haiti along with thousands of tons of food, drinking water, clothing, and medicine. These donations are through groups that are not part of the US government but the corrupt government of Haiti releases only a small part of what they get to the people. They pocket much of the money and sell (not give out) much of the food, clothing, etc.

Many of the people in Haitian government have a black market going on selling the items that are donated by people like you and me. It is a business to them and they are in no hurry to get things straighten out as their black marketing business would then go away.

Posted by Cecil November 11, 10 01:09 PM

One thing many of us don't understand is the level of corruption in Haiti. We can send all the money in the world, but if the officials of the country are too currupt to allow enough of it to actually work for the people, we've accomplished nothing. Haiti is not designed to function like the U.S. They don't have the roads, personnel or facilities to affect any immediate improvement for it's people. And as for those of you who doubt the function of God in that country, bear in mind that the religious aid groups were among the first to arrive there and will be the last to leave. So yes, God does have a place in this sad crisis. So please, keep praying for them and those who are helping them.

Posted by Former missionary to Haiti November 11, 10 02:56 PM

I see a need for a new school of thoughts, individual responsiblity, being proactive, just get it done no matter what attitude, country first! and true a revolution.

Posted by Sandy November 11, 10 10:01 PM

Dios mio esto es terrible, pero todavia mas terrible pensar que solo una de las tantas trajedias que vivimos a diario en nuestro planeta.

Posted by Anonymous November 12, 10 09:47 AM

I just shed more tears. That little girl girl walking to school is powerful. Clinton needs to be an example in cholera prevention and keep his fingers out of his mouth. Port-au-Prince was broken BEFORE the Earthquake. Why not create a new capital (like many countries have done) on empty land west of the city? Then move people and rubble and rebuild P-a-P as a commercial Port and international trade center. Don't forget that many other cities not affected by the Earthquake are also broken. I would add one more item to the elections: ask the people to vote on a 10 year "lease" of Haiti to foreign powers for infrastructure purposes. I have no doubt what they would vote for. The US can build roads, electric grids, sewer and water systems. The French can build a country-wide school and health care system. The Israeli can lead rubble removal, The Chinese can reforest and develop agriculture with dual focus of food security and exportation of cash crops etc. . Only require that they hire qualified or teachable Haitians (local or diaspora) to work at their side for 10 years. Apply eminent domain as many buildings will need taken down and land lost in legal tangle reclaimed. Guarantee every child a quality 6th or 9th grade education (realistic goal). The elected Haitian officials can have 10 years to concentrate on changing that outdated Napoleon Code of Haitian laws and also crack down on corruption so that anyone can import/export, obtain driver's license, ID cards, passports and yes even pay their taxes in a smooth process.

Posted by Mim November 12, 10 10:22 AM

It is too easy to keep repeating all the bad comments on Haiti to show some kind of humanism. It is too easy to kick "somebody when they are already down". I would suggest you to do a little research on "charity organizations" ask yourself who really profit from the donations. Ask yourself if you personally would keep helping a corrupt father. For more than 20 years now world organizations: UN OAS IMF World Bank etc are in control in Haiti, once again ask yourself how corruption works. furthermore all the coups against this president and not against that president. look for the real motivations. sorry can't answer for you!

Posted by jerry November 12, 10 10:29 AM

yon ban n ONG visye , vole yo pa vin n regle anyen nan peyi a selman woule bel machin n se kominoote international leve kont Vole sa yo ki vin n rich sou do pep haitien ok .

Posted by Mwen November 12, 10 04:44 PM

ho father give us the strent u give your son on the cross so as a nation we could help one another

Posted by masions November 12, 10 08:52 PM

Instead of just presenting us with the spectacle of disease and death, why doesn't the Boston Globe do the RIGHT THING and team up with credible aid agencies to facilitate donations?

Posted by AndrewE November 13, 10 04:23 AM

Christchurch, New Zealand suffered the same size quake as Haiti just a couple of months ago. The local people and the NZ govt cleared up and fixed the mess without any external help from the UN. Now you would hardly know that there had been a quake. The Haitians are largely to blame for their own situation, and the bleeding hearts liberals who think that more aid is the answer. It's not. A lot of the video that you see from Haiti shows the people just sitting around waiting for someone to fix the mess. It doesn't seem to occur to them to set about doing it themselves. It's a gross cultural failure.

Posted by beautox November 13, 10 08:53 AM

Haiti, it is true is a poor country, plagued by various social crises, but it also has good pictures, it's not just the ones you show in your photographic documents, you want to contribute to the further collapse of the country. Why do you show that the dirty pictures of Haiti? We know you have an interest in what you do, give Haiti a chance,

Posted by Falitus Jonas November 13, 10 11:50 AM

#174. I am a Jamaican who was privileged to be in Haiti shortly after the earthquake. I was there with the Jamaican contingent giving the help we can to many injured and desperate poor people. I was there for a month and I saw a lot and understand a lot. To read your views that the Haitians are the nastiest, is just extremely sad. I wonder if you have a human heart or if you are a human in any way. You obviously don't understand what is going on in Haiti. The Haitian people cannot help themselves out of the hole they are in. They are being blocked by many factors politically. The land is presently not condusive to any wide scale farming and the water cycle is actually nonexistent as there are basically no trees on the land. It is clear that the people of Haiti have been and continue to be sabotaged by an evil, designed by some people or Government. Read some history and you will be educated on the peoples plight before you make any further comment. You should be ashame of your views. The majority of people in Haiti is just yearning for an opportunity to strive. The majority of the poor Haitians are like drowning souls who can't swim. Lastl, the Haitian people are beautiful peoley

Posted by errol November 13, 10 08:46 PM

we knw our counry is very poor please don't exposed our poor image for your guys doing that things in africa for long time ago don't started with haiti..we re a big nation we make history.we reach.we knw where is the problem from do'nt worries we be ok one day.

Posted by youthpatriot November 13, 10 09:02 PM

J'ai découvert les documents qui montrent toute la détresse, mais aussi l'espoir des Haïtiens. Je demande une adresse email pour entrer en contac avec les représentants de la Fifa en Haïti. Merci d'avance !
Denis Gendre

Posted by Denis Gendre November 14, 10 03:49 AM


Posted by WILL November 14, 10 11:06 PM

What is written on the hot dog marchant cart is in french :
Quelque soit ta force tu trouveras-ton maître

and the traduction look like that :
Whatever is your power, you will find your master.

Just a frenchie passing by.

Posted by anonymous November 15, 10 09:34 AM


Posted by SHISHU November 15, 10 02:09 PM

Always have comments like, "God will save them" after every disaster. But God is sadistic or impotent to prevent the same disasters.

Posted by Renato November 15, 10 05:33 PM

What do they need to clean the debris? What do they need to build simple homes?
The government of this country should be replaced because they are incapable of organizing anything, and the people should be told that they are lazy and wont get anything from the west if they stay this lazy and act like they cant do anything but to wait for help.

Nor France, nor the USA, nor any other country can be blamed for this situation.

When my country would have been demolished like Haiti partly was, I bet you that -even when there was no government or official structure left- my country would have been cleaned in a couple of months.

Posted by Guan November 15, 10 06:11 PM

@127 i've spent the last 6 months in Haiti and never had a problem with safety. there is a lot of need... giving up is not the answer.

Posted by Reuben G November 16, 10 12:11 AM

@pierroro (Post 118)

The man's arm you think you are seeing is actually the woman's that he is carrying.

Posted by Roland November 16, 10 11:04 AM

All men are born equal, in the american constitution, it is clearly stipulated. Are we, all Haitian, born equal according to the world constitution? I don't kow who can answere. Considering the fact of our responsibles are always ready to bent down and always on their knees, to humiliate the nation infont of the international community, for help. When our president in 2010 still begging, crawling and fawning infront of such countries for money which never benefit the country. What can we expect from a gouverment as Préval's? nothing, he never shoew any interest for his nation. And the sad thing is he is not the only one, and the sadest is if after him there will be worser than him. Who can answere? but if you don't have the answere look at the above images. My problem is we still thinking that des pays amis is helping us. America; all men born equal! as your back yard, 1 hour from Miami by plane 5 hours from Canada some equal dying unequaly. When haitians will find out that 1804 needs to be up dated, I mean, we have destroy in Haiti the idea of class to put ourselves togetter for a bigger fight. We have to start kicking all the NGO's out of the country, work with what ever the country who want to work with us and who ever don`t we don't care. With them we are suffering so, let's get them out of the country. That would be a step leading to equality. And with the new haitian constitution, NGO's may operate based on years contract.

Posted by Holly Milord November 16, 10 11:59 AM

billion of dollars are nothing here, have a look on what the earthquake did. everything is lost. now also the cholera.

Posted by marco November 16, 10 04:20 PM

Images douloureux tres douloureux Seul la main divine peut nous aider a surmonter cette epreuve personne d'autre

Posted by Frantzy Jean November 16, 10 06:28 PM

I am HAITIAN born and raised and I know it's a CATASTROPHE however God does have a place in this sad crisis and he wants you all to know in Haiti that he didn't let you down, he didn't forget you, he didn't take his eyes away from you all, he wants you to believe in him, to still have faith, to keep PRAYING until the end, when the wrong happens and there is suffering and pain he still want you to NOT LET GO, he is not a quitter and so is you. I know it's hard and anyone's word cannot express your pain but please, keep praying and pray for those who are helping as it's your only choice he has given you for now.

Posted by Madgie November 16, 10 08:02 PM

where did all the relief money go?

Posted by kate November 17, 10 07:15 AM

One day God will bring the final word for haiti. Haitian people need accept Jesus.

we all need to understand and take in consideration "what can we do for the Country but not what can they country does for us"

Posted by calixte J. Giniome November 17, 10 01:03 PM

picture #4... you all cannot be that dumb.. please. That's the child's left arm hanging down. What is wrong with you all...?

Posted by Blondie November 17, 10 01:25 PM


Posted by Anonymous November 17, 10 05:40 PM

Thank you Conrad!! for keeping us informed. I'm going to save these pictures.

Posted by Anonymous November 17, 10 08:47 PM

Just read that the Haitian are rioting and want the UN to get out of Haiti.
Apparently, they are accusing the UN of bringing cholera to Haiti.
Are these people stupid!? When you have back to back disasters and filth all around you, where do you think diseases will come from?
People around the world donated their hard earned money to help these people and this is the thanks they get.
Biting the hand that feed you isn't kosher in any country. Perhaps all the aid workers should leave the country and let the Haitian riot and kill themselves.
A bunch of idiotic people if you ask me.

Posted by Feedupwithhaiti November 18, 10 07:03 PM


Posted by ABIOLA November 19, 10 08:09 AM

Our God give us Your Wisdom and Knowledge of how to interact on your behalf to do your will and operate out of Love. It is in your precious Son Jesus Name that it is asked. Amen

Posted by Sister Velencia November 19, 10 11:09 PM

salut mes frères et soeurs haitiens et haitiennes.
Vous êtes venu de loin et même de très loin pour soutenir tout un peuple. Depuis plus de dix mois les médias ne parlent que d'haiti. C'est une bonne chose car les autres nous connaissent. Haiti ne connait pas seulement le séisme ni le choléra. Il y a aussi de bonnes choses chez nous.

Posted by lafia November 22, 10 03:54 PM

#29 is devastating

Posted by Eric November 22, 10 09:44 PM

We pray.

Posted by rose November 23, 10 05:38 AM

We pray.

Posted by rose November 23, 10 05:38 AM

Oh my god Do something people! peace Pray for Haidi's people

Posted by tsesci November 25, 10 03:45 AM

omg this is so bad jusus save there soul

Posted by jessica ofigberi November 25, 10 08:25 AM

omg this is so bad Jesus save there soul

Posted by jessica ofigberi November 25, 10 08:26 AM

Would you people cool it with the Jesus babble? Suggesting that these people have somehow been punished for not following your god is cruel, to put it as mildly as I possibly can.

I sincerely doubt any of you chose to be lunatic christians on your own accord; the decision to brainwash you into thinking that Jesus is the correct prophet to pray to has been made by your parents before you could even walk.

If your god truly exists and has anything to do with this disaster then he's a capricious asshole not worthy of reverence and praise but scorn.

Posted by infidel November 26, 10 12:20 AM

according to me ten months later the earthquake Haitian people need to realise anybody can do anything accept God.

Posted by Gerbier Gary November 26, 10 11:31 AM

oh mein Gott!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Greif doch ein!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! was ist mit den vielen Geldspenden passiert?was für eine Not. Und wir überlegen uns was wir für wen zu Weihnachten kaufen....das Leben ist ungerecht.

Posted by Marion Denz November 27, 10 06:09 AM

Thank you to the Globe for reporting the facts: 10 months later, NOTHING has been done in Haiti. Mr. Clinton is down there, representating the United Nations, but every one seems to forget that it was he, William Jefferson Clinton who destroyed Haiti's economy when, as president of the USA, he imposed an embargo on the impoverished country, enforced by a naval blocade by US Navy ships and other countries as well. The January 12 2010 earthquake was the
"coup de grace" no one expected, and Haiti has not recovered and probably will not for a long time to come.

That nothing has been done is not news to the world whose various aid organizations pledged millions to rebuild Haiti. There is no government to defend the people, and the "authorities" there, sell out for a fast buck and or a visa to the USA.

Accusing the international community of Haiti's plight is only half the sad story still unfoilding in that country. Local corrupt government officials, and selfish members of that country's elite should bear responsibility for the poverty and squalor the majority of Haitians live in.

Posted by Daniel G. November 28, 10 03:20 AM

I Think some of the people in haiti have to change the way they live they life .as a christian am very sorry towards the situation in haiti .they all must come together to work together to rebuilt their country .

Posted by ann November 29, 10 11:51 PM

It is so sad. I am very unhappy over the situation in haiti. I will continue to pray and hope one day Haiti will see better days. Danie

Posted by Danie Mascary December 1, 10 10:44 AM

I went to Haiti on a volunteer program and was based in Jacmel. There is so much misery and devastation and the only thing I saw was UN trucks driving around. The people are so grateful for any help you give them. It was a sad state of affairs, made me realize just how lucky I am and I thank God every day for what I have.

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Posted by GABE December 16, 10 12:50 PM

I love Haitiiii!
Perle Des Antilles

Posted by Anonymous January 14, 11 09:24 PM

In America or industrial nations we have choices of what to eat and when to eat, drink, etc...let's teach our children how to be grateful for what they have and teaches them that we all in this world together, and all it takes is mother nature to take that freedom of choice away from us. so be grateful with what you have.

Posted by Frantz Seraphin January 16, 11 01:26 PM
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