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January 18th, 2010
11:40 PM ET

In the midst of looting chaos

Anderson Cooper | BIO
AC360° Anchor

We were covering another story when we heard shots being fired. We ran toward the sound and found a store being looted. Two Haitian police officers were occasionally firing into the air to try to keep order, but that only worked for a few moments, then the looting would begin again.

They were stealing boxes of candles. An American businessman named Tony who owns two stores nearby barricaded one street to keep looters away. He had armed the two Haitian police with automatic weapons, and they were assisting him, but they were not able to control anything beyond their barricade.

It quickly became a free-for-all. Young men began fighting one another for the stolen items. A number of young men had knives, and planks of wood, screwdrivers and rocks. They were using their improvised weapons to threaten and injure others who had stolen items from the store. The robbers were now being robbed. One group of looters whipped another man with a leather belt. They punched him as well, and they stole the sack of goods he'd just stolen.

I was in the midst of the melee with Charlie Moore, my producer, Neil Hallsworth my cameraman, Vlad Duthiers, my translator, and there was a still photographer from Getty Images with us, photojournalist Jonathan Torgovnik. As things got really out of control, I saw a looter on the roof of the store they'd broken into throw what I think was part of a concrete block into the crowd. It hit a small boy in the head.

I saw him collapse. More chunks of concrete were being thrown at the looters on the roof. The injured boy couldn't get up. He'd try and then collapse again. Blood was pouring from his head. He was conscious but had no control over his body. I was afraid someone on the roof would see him lying there and throw another cinder block piece onto him. I was afraid he'd get killed. No one seemed to be helping him.

I ran to where he was struggling, and picked him up off the ground. I brought him to a spot about a hundred feet away. I could feel his warm blood on my arms. I stood him up, but he was clearly unable to walk. He wiped his bloody face, and I tried to reassure him. He had no idea where he was, and he clearly couldn't walk, so I picked him up again and handed him over to someone behind that makeshift barricade. Tony, the American businessman, gave the boy a wet towel. He was then taken away by someone else. We don't know what happened to him.

I hope he's ok.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Anderson Cooper • Haiti Earthquake
January 18th, 2010
11:19 PM ET

Photo gallery: A behind the scenes look at Anderson's reporting in Haiti

AC360°

Anderson arrived in Haiti soon after the earthquake devastated the people and infrastructure in Haiti. Since that time, he has remained on the scene, reporting on the aftermath and developing crisis. Tune in at 11pm EST tonight for the latest report live from Haiti.

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Filed under: Anderson Cooper • Haiti Earthquake
January 18th, 2010
10:46 PM ET
January 18th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 01/18/10

Tonight, live from Haiti, gunfire in the streets as looters target a store in Port-au-Prince. Plus, the medical crisis. Dr. Gupta steps in to perform surgery on a 12-year-old girl and when doctors abandoned their patients. Plus, there's still hope that survivors will be found in the rubble.

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Filed under: Live Blog • T1
January 18th, 2010
07:46 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Growing Unrest in Haiti

Survivors of the quake may soon face a growing a health crisis, officials say.

Survivors of the quake may soon face a growing a health crisis, officials say.

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

There's growing unrest in Haiti. Anderson will be reporting live from Haiti tonight to bring you the latest on the crisis.

Today Anderson saw first-hand the brutality on the streets of Port-au-Prince, as several hundred Haitians broke into a store and looted items.

"They were armed with sticks, they armed with two-by-fours, with nails hammered into them. There were young men with large knives, with screwdrivers, whatever they could grab, and they began to fight amongst themselves," Anderson reported earlier today on CNN.

"One person would steal a sack of candles or whatever else they were able to take from the store. A group of four or five young men would descend on him in a gang and start beating him. We saw one young man being whipped by a belt that caused bloody - a large amount of blood to come from his arm," he added.

A little boy ended up getting caught in the middle of the fight outside the store. Anderson quickly took action to help the boy.

Adding to the frenzy was the gunfire from Haitian police officers, who were firing their pistols into the air to disperse the crowd. The officers were hired by an American businessman who owns two stores in the area. They got the job to keep the stores free of looters.

We'll also update you on the medical crisis. 360 M.D. Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon, was called into action by the U.S. military. Dr. Gupta led the surgery of a 12-year-old Haitian girl rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard. He'll update us on the girl's condition.

Meanwhile, American doctors at a medical facility in Port-au-Prince are asking why they don't have the equipment they need to set up a field hospital, but Israeli doctors do, even though they came from half-way across the world.

"'It's a frustrating thing I can't explain," said Dr. Jennifer Furin of Harvard Medical School, who is helping out in Haiti.

"Makes you almost embarrassed to be an American," said another doctor.

Dr. Gupta is looking into the shortage of medical equipment from the U.S. What's the delay? We're keeping them honest.

There's also the shortage of food and water. The U.S. Air Force conducted its first air drop of supplies into Haiti today, six days after the quake hit. An Air Force C-17 from Polk Air Force Base, North Carolina  dropped 55,000 pounds of bottled water and food. We'll show you the photos of the special operation.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET.


Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
January 18th, 2010
04:25 PM ET

Live from Haiti

Editor's Note: CNN reporters are on the ground in Haiti updating you with the latest developments on the aftermath of the earthquake. Here is a rundown of what we have planned.

The Situation Room 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. (ET): Former President Bill Clinton, who serves as the UN Special Envoy on Haiti, travels to Haiti today. More on the situation on the ground.

Larry King Live 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. (ET): HAITI: HOW YOU CAN HELP." As he did in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, CNN’s Larry King reaches around the world, this time to help the people of Haiti. Tonight at 8 p.m. ET, he hosts a special two-hour Larry King Live, bringing together celebrities and opinion leaders to inspire members of the global community to take immediate action in helping the people of Haiti in the aftermath of this week’s devastating earthquake.

AC360° 10 p.m. – 11 p.m. (ET): Looting and rioting have erupted in Port-au-Prince, and Anderson was in the middle of the hostility today. He'll show us the video he shot, and describe that state of law enforcement in Haiti. Anderson will also give the latest information on relief efforts, and plans to aid orphans in Haiti.


Filed under: Haiti Earthquake • T1
January 18th, 2010
03:09 PM ET

Afternoon Buzz: Desperate for help in Haiti

Looters search under the rubble in Port-au-Prince

Looters search under the rubble in Port-au-Prince

Ella Perlis
AC360° Associate Producer

Specially trained international teams continue to search for and rescue trapped victims throughout Haiti, but many of those saved are in dire need of medical care. More relief organizations and troops are arriving, but with communication limitations and travel restrictions, the desperately needed food, water and supplies are not reaching people fast enough. The frustration over the delay has left many wondering if the U.S. has done enough to help, and who will take charge in the coming days to protect the injured and homeless? Donations are flowing in through text messages and websites, but how can the cash turn to aid immediately?

Anderson encountered a chaotic scene this afternoon at a Port-au-Prince store. It’s the type of trouble that disaster experts have feared since last Tuesday. People forced their way over debris and into the store through the roof to take whatever they could reach. The owner, armed with guns, fired into the air to scare the scavengers away from his property, but they could not be deterred. Anderson described violent altercations, including rock throwing that left a boy bleeding profusely from his head. He removed the boy from crossfire, but there’s no telling how many others will be hurt in the pandemonium. Who can instill order? Were these people looting or rightfully fighting for survival? We’ll get Anderson’s full report on the situation tonight.

Through the destruction and despair, there are also stories of compassion and joy. On Friday, Gary Tuchman reported on an orphanage that lost its shelter, and ultimately its safety, in the quake. Tonight he brings us an update as several of the children from the orphanage, as they travel to the U.S. for adoption. Gary accompanies these boys and girls as they experience a first – flying in an airplane – and embark on a new life after the trauma from the quake. We’re also digging deeper on how the quake will affect the children that are in the process of being adopted, and those who still need a family.

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Filed under: Ella Perlis • The Buzz
January 18th, 2010
01:44 PM ET

Video: Why did medical team abandon Haiti field hospital?

On Friday night, Dr. Sanjay Gupta reported live from a field hospital in Haiti where the on-site medical team packed up and left, leaving patients in the make-shift facility. Dr. Gupta stayed to care for the sick in their absence. CNN's Gary Tuchman interviewed the Chief Coordinator of that medical team to ask about their decision to leave..


Filed under: Gary Tuchman • Haiti Earthquake
January 18th, 2010
12:58 PM ET

The meaning of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday

Coretta Scott King and her husband Martin Luther King, Jr.

Coretta Scott King and her husband Martin Luther King, Jr.

Coretta Scott King

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. We commemorate as well the timeless values he taught us through his example - the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service that so radiantly defined Dr. King’s character and empowered his leadership. On this holiday, we commemorate the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his revolutionary spirit.

We commemorate Dr. King’s inspiring words, because his voice and his vision filled a great void in our nation, and answered our collective longing to become a country that truly lived by its noblest principles. Yet, Dr. King knew that it wasn’t enough just to talk the talk, that he had to walk the walk for his words to be credible. And so we commemorate on this holiday the man of action, who put his life on the line for freedom and justice every day, the man who braved threats and jail and beatings and who ultimately paid the highest price to make democracy a reality for all Americans.

The King Holiday honors the life and contributions of America’s greatest champion of racial justice and equality, the leader who not only dreamed of a color-blind society, but who also lead a movement that achieved historic reforms to help make it a reality.

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January 18th, 2010
12:17 PM ET
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