In this web exclusive, Sean Penn tells Anderson Cooper about his vision for recovery in Haiti, and the struggles facing aid organizations.
Anderson Cooper talks to Sean Penn about his work in Haiti, and the progress and obstacles in the effort to recover from the 2010 earthquake.
Photojournalist Neil Hallsworth revisits the hotel that he and Anderson Cooper used as their base after the earthquake. They were among the first journalists on the ground in Haiti, and despite the chaos, had to quickly locate the center of operations for CNN's coverage.
Don't miss Anderson's special report on Haiti tonight at 8 and 10 p.m. ET on AC360.
Editor's note: Two years after the earthquake, Anderson Cooper revisits Haiti and its post-disaster reality. Watch AC360° at 8 and 10 p.m. ET for Anderson's reports from Haiti and his interview with the country's new president, Michel Martelly.
(CNN) – Fabiola Leocal's story ought to be uncommon, but in post-earthquake Haiti, it's not.
All she has left of her previous life are a stack of photographs and a few other things scavenged off the rubble of the building she called a home.
When the catastrophe struck, as the Haitians say, her house tumbled, along with many others that dotted the hillside in the Port-au-Prince neighborhood of Canape Vert. Her husband of nine years, Rene, was crushed under concrete.
She lived in a camp for a while but returned to where she belonged. Now she has a tin shack and memories - photographs carefully tucked away in loose, laminated photo album pages of herself and Rene. He, in a suit. She, in a much finer dress than the black sleeveless top and printed skirt she has on now.
When Anderson Cooper returned to Haiti two years after the earthquake, he spoke with relief workers about progress there. Tune in to AC360° tonight at 8 and 10 p.m. ET for Anderson's interview with President Martelly and the full report on his recent experience in Haiti.
Editor's note: AC360° Executive Producer Charlie Moore was on the ground in Haiti for nearly a month with Anderson Cooper after the earthquake struck two years ago. A few days ago, he and Anderson returned to the places where they documented catastrophic destruction, suffering and brave rescues from beneath the rubble. Tune in to CNN on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 8 and 10 p.m. ET for their full report.
It had been ten days since the earthquake hit and Ena Zizi was still buried. Somehow, miraculously, rescuers heard her faint cries and were now trying to find her under the rubble of the church that had collapsed on her.
Emergency rescue teams from Germany were tunneling into the rubble, sending men snaking through the concrete to look for a pocket where Ena might be found. Dogs climbed over and into the wreckage, barking when they “hit” on human scent. The mountain of debris was massive – 30 feet high and around 200 feet long. It was big enough for two teams, so on top of the debris a rescue team from Mexico was frantically digging and peeling back massive chunks of concrete and throwing them with a thud in every direction. Despite the frenzy, it was delicate work. They still didn’t know where Ena was buried, so throwing a slab of rock in the wrong direction could mean crushing the trapped woman. An even bigger fear was how easily the whole rock pile could shift. Peeling out layers of the rubble meant changing the foundation, so at any moment the rescuers were worried the entire thing could collapse on itself.
The rescuers worked for hours, while continuing to hear Ena’s faint cries for help, which let them hone in on her location. As night approached there was a flurry of activity on the top of the debris pile. Then suddenly a frail and elderly woman, Ena Zizi, was yanked from a small air pocket surrounded by tons of stone. A huge cheer erupted from the rescue teams and the dozens of onlookers who had gathered. Rescue workers immediately formed a chain down the debris pile, passing her along and finally laying her on the grass, covering her with a thermal blanket and giving her water. A crowd of journalists pushed close to shoot pictures, while Ena Zizi rolled on the ground mumbling, clearly in pain.
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