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January 15th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 01/15/10

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Tonight on 360°, we have the latest developments from Haiti. We have the remarkable story of a baby trapped for 62 hours, who is found alive. Plus, we're tracking the aid, a slow process. What's taking so long to help those in need?

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  1. Michelle

    Is there any way for any of the CNN crews to get into
    with the US military to come and take the orphans to
    safety and get them the care they need.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  2. Christina from Canada

    What are we worried about as western governments. They are babies. Allow them to go to families who want them and figure out the paperwork after.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  3. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Emily,
    They are proccess or working on right now might few months to adopt them take care....... right now.they willing to wait to adopt oraphange babies, yes, they are damaged... they are right now feed babies.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  4. Susan, NJ

    Government bureaucracies are cruel and abusive to children when red tape is more important than human lives.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  5. Samantha Kidder

    This is so sad about whats going on down there in haiti, i was suppose to go down on tuseday (19th) and we aren't able to because of the earthquake. Seeing all the children makes me almost want to cry, when i was down there last Jan 2009 i wanted to take them all home. Thanks for doing all the good job and showing us how everything is down there!

    January 15, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  6. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Emily,

    "And like all other heroes, was he ever humble in that interview w/Anderson. As if it was any other day of the week!"

    Genuine heroes always are.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  7. Sabrina in Los Angeles

    Planes are backed up for landing, the boats can't tie off, and roads are blocked....why not drop rashions from the air.

    Send helicopters to drop food in the park and drop supplies for the doctors as well.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  8. Susan, NJ

    It is just an atrocity that this will mean YEARS of bureaucratic government morass – instead of nimble, agile, solutions to these adoptions. Let's CUT the red tape. This is an atrocity unfolding in real time.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  9. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Great report by Gary, he always finds unexpected angles to every story.

    It is frightening to think that people are so desperate that those women may have to defend the food meant for those children.

    I was surprised to hear that they are using plumpynut over there. I remember Anderson's "60 Minutes" report on it.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  10. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Haiti and NOLA show that unless you have a trained force ready to go, the time to organize and plan will result in lost lives. You can't wait for a disaster then make a plan; you need to plan before it happens. The reason the military can react to the unexpected is by training over and over.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  11. Steven Banovic

    Why isn't our military who has been off shore all day flying troops in to gaurd the makeshift hospitals so the doctors and nurses can save these people. I don't understand why this would be a problem considering we have been bragging about all the troops and their 19 helicopters offshore all day long. It's about time someone took charge. Doctors and nurse shouldn't be shuttled away from their posts for fear of security reasons.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  12. Monique

    Haitian immigrant living in spring valley ny, trying to get in touch with my family in leogane haiti it is about half an hour from port-au-prince. They are in desperate need for help, please try to send some help in the city of leogane. Thank you
    Monique

    January 15, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  13. Gerard Mc Arddle, Belfast & Drogheda, Ireland

    Dear Anderson, CNN teams, CNN viewer's...could they not airlift all the healthy people out of that city or a great many of them to somewhere to camps in the US or another neighbouring country & treat & feed those people separately & that would leave the space for doctor's & other aid professional's to look after the really badly injured & to try to extract anyone still alive out of the collapsed building's & such like area's?

    January 15, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  14. Laura

    This is so appalling that help is not getting to the people who need it so badly....

    January 15, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  15. Emily

    @Lisa L in Sydney, Australia,

    Interesting reading the amount of money there that you said Haiti has received so far. I have no doubt that more are still donating!

    I hope that someone will be looking into how that money is spent!
    That those who need it, and the supplies that are needed are purchased with it.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  16. Nadine Galland

    Can you believe those amazing two sisters from Pittsburg working in the orphanage? If we can give flying lessons to Terrorists, maybe we can give immediate visas to these poor children left behind with destroyed paperwork. Allow Americans to adopt them quickly. They deserve a chance just like all our ancestors...

    January 15, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  17. Diana

    I understand the epicenter of the earthquake is relatively close to water. Potentially, it could be a logistical nightmare but why can't retired or decommissioned cruise ships or fully functional ones for that matter serve as a floating hospital for those suffering, in critical condition or in need of immediate care?

    Assuming qualified doctors are available, these poor people of Haiti would at least be somewhat comfortable and getting the care each and one of them fully deserve.

    This is an unbelievable moment in time. Money aside, we should all be doing everything we can to bond together and do what is right no matter what the cost.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  18. Karen Craig

    My heart goes out to the people of Haiti. I am saddened the most for the children of this tragic disaster. Having worked with children for 14 years... I wish there was more I could do for the sisters from Pittsburgh at the orphanage!! They are my heroes!! Thanks Anderson Cooper for always keeping the stories real!!

    January 15, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  19. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Do something with the donation money and stop trying to see how much money you can collect at one time!

    January 15, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  20. Saera El Paso, TX

    @ John – I think there would have been absolute chaos is they did aerial supply drops...
    the more desperate you are the less sense you have
    even more people might have died

    January 15, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  21. Larry

    The media can get there because they are traveling with limited supplies for themselves. The military has to move bulk, you can't bring small amounts when thousands are in need. The helicopters should help but with many roads destroyed it has to be tough. It is very slow yes, I can't imagine, but hopefully not as slow as Katrina which took place in a major US city. Pray and send money for the immediate and long haul.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  22. Susan, NJ

    Time to think outside the box. What about a flotilla that gets those babies out of the orphanage – they even have ready made homes in the US.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  23. Iván Meza

    @ivanmezak Iván Meza-Costa Rica
    Hello Anderson, AC 360 staff, cnn and bloggers. Excelent Job in Haití. Good Luck. I wish be there reporting and helping.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  24. Sam(antha), Boston MA

    If anyone could please make any suggestions as to where we should donate the money I raise this week at school, please let me know. We were thinking of maybe donating it to Doctors Without Borders or Red Cross, but if there is another group that needs more money, we can raise money for them as well.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  25. starr formerly known as vincent

    @Gary Tuchman

    Another great story!

    Let us all pray & Write to our State Dept. for the children who were Orphans Before the Quake be allowed to be adopted as planned!

    AND, Any other orphans Before the Quake-allow them to be adopted WITHout all of the paperwork and impediments! These children have ben Proven to be without parents/family- please LET them be adopted by familys who really want them!!

    January 15, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  26. Ken

    Hi everyone!

    This news about the current situation in Haiti is horrible. I only wish that we could raise as much money here in the US when issues here arise- but that's another discussion for another day.

    AC: As you mentioned, the average person can survive for a maximum of 3 days without water. We have now reached that capacity-?- How has the behavior of the people changed now that we've reached this critical point?

    I think it's great that the President has called upon the assistance of Presidents Clinton and Bush. How many more troops are we expecting to see the US send to Haiti for assistance? Thanks.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  27. Sheider

    It is really heartbreaking to see all those kids. It is such a devastating event that is really sad. Hope there will be no more stupid dead's.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  28. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Romy Macias
    Go to cnn.com/impact. check it out this website to help feed people in Haiti.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  29. Sam

    Where did Ivan Watson come from (CNN International?) he has been a great addition to the CNN-US team. By the way how many languages does he speak?

    January 15, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  30. Jeff LeBlanc

    Anderson,
    As someone living in the coastal town of Delcambre, LA, I along with many others endured the flooding of Hurricanes Rita and Ike. Just like Katrina, where is the constant barrage of helicopters, 24/7 in Haiti? The first group has Marines, they establish a secure perimeter, then helicopters land every 3 minutes. They land, off- load supplies, take out critially injured, and so on. Don't tell me there is no place to land. C'mon let's go USA!

    January 15, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  31. judy larkin

    the loss of the little 11 year old girls pains me deeply - my grandson turned 11 today - can't the orphans come home with mrs clinton
    we need to protect the lives who have waiting homes -

    January 15, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  32. Gerard Mc Arddle, Belfast & Drogheda, Ireland

    Dear Anderson, CNN teams, CNN viewer's...could they not airlift all the healthy people out of that city or a great many of them to somewhere to camps in the US or another neighbouring country & treat & feed those people separately & that would leave the space for doctor's & other aid professional's to look after the really badly injured & to try to extract anyone still alive out of the collapsed building's & such like area's? What they are doing now (& it is great work, getting the aid there) is trying to get an elephant in through the eye of a needle. To widen that eye you need to take people there out of there, that are (unfortunately, without maybe even realising it because of their predicament) hampering the rescue mission & aid getting through. There are definitely, stupid death's like that little girl (Rip) but I think if they do as I suggest, they would have a more favourable result & stop future death's happening. It needn't be stupid, it could be very intelligent. & it could save precious "Lives"!

    I won't stop giving & praying...but please think of every solution & not just the getting aid there one.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  33. Leslie

    Maybe one day people will love one another more than love money. Bring all ocean liners in to at least save the children. There always seems to be enough money to save wall street.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  34. Lynn - Colorado

    I am so sad that the little girl, Anika, did not make it, what a brave child. My heart breaks for Ivan Watson. It's nice that he could be part of the story about the rescue of the baby girl by the Australian team.
    CNN is definitely has the most compassionate, caring dedicated team of reporters.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  35. joseph najar

    hi i live in montreal, canada.here we have one of the biggest community of haitians in canada,its incredible how everyone has helped in giving money and support to this nation.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  36. Annie Kate

    Gary's story about the orphans was so good – there has to be a way to get their adoptions going again to families in America even though their papers are in the rubble of the town. Bless those Pennsylvania sisters to run that orphanage and love the little children.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  37. Ysidor

    Cnn you guys are the best, very informative and i appreciate all that you do . you have helped a lot of families becoming aware of what is going on. As a haitian american myself i thank you very very much and you guys hold a piece of my heart. my prayers goes out to you and your family. you guys are passionate and really care about the people you are helping and it shows.

    Thank you dearly,

    January 15, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  38. Fabio

    where is the help, there is unnecessary death happening every moment, whats the point in sending money if there is no help. please anderson do something, please tell Hillary to do something

    January 15, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  39. Christina from Canada

    I said it last night.....please send military personnel to every orphanage. People will figure out they have onhand rations and they will be targets.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  40. John Stember

    why cant the military drop food and water by parachute until ground forces get there ... they could have dropped tons of supplies in the last 3 days and saved many lives !!! ... John

    January 15, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  41. Emily

    "Haitian Orphanage Damaged"

    This is an emotional piece here by Gary too. Just when things were looking up for those kids....

    So, there is not much food left for those children?

    What about the parents looking to adopt them?
    Do they too not have paperwork?

    January 15, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  42. Kathy Chicago

    Yikes, I hope the sisters and those beautiful children are ok. What a mess.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  43. Steve - southern Illinois

    What a contrast between the joy of seeing AC on New Years Eve and now in the overwhelming tragedy in Haiti. I am praying for Haiti and for the brave journalists of CNN. You all are amazing! I donated what I could to the Red Cross.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  44. Isabel - Brazil.

    @Gary Tuchman

    you were surrounded by love!! In a moment like that, it should be very good!

    January 15, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  45. Nekia

    We are all praying for Haiti~God bless Haiti and Good Bless you AC and CNN for bringing us the true story...I have donated twice and I cant wait to give more...

    January 15, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  46. Liz

    I have seen one Red Cross representative on the CNN broadcasts speaking to Anderson Cooper since the crisis began in Haiti. Are there any Red Cross staff in Haiti ? I have seen the search and rescue teams, the volunteer doctors, the UN security, and US military representatives, but no Red Cross staff at all. I really am curious why they seem so invisible in this crisis.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  47. chrissie macmillam

    The death of the 11 year old girl is devistating, could the result of her death be because of Crush syndrome? My heart goes out to the people of Haiti.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  48. Carolyn

    I think it is very sad that a 11- year old girl had to die because lack of medical care not available. When I heard this story I just cried and I know this little girl is in God arms and now at peace. We all need to come together and help to improve the situation that is happening in Haiti. Thank you CNN for all the good work you.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  49. Dolores

    anderson cooper you are doing great work, but can't you use your
    platform to get the State Dept. to do something to get help to people today, not tomorrow, not day after, they need help now! speak to Hillary Clinton tomorrow, make her do something to get food and med. care to them today, tomorrow, not next week, PLEASE.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  50. Edward

    It has to be hard what that parent is going through with one their child down in Haiti and the parent in America and the parent don't know how the child is doing.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
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