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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.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta has been on the frontlines in Haiti as both a physician and journalist. Over the weekend, Dr. Gupta spoke with Secretary Hillary Clinton about the relief effort, and today he was called by the U.S. military to perform surgery aboard the USS Carl Vinson. As the closest neurosurgeon, they needed his expertise to operate on a 12-year old with a severe head injury. We will hear from him about the young girl’s condition, and the evolving status of medical resources in Haiti.
In terms of equality and human rights, there is certainly a lot to reflect on this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Many have honored Dr. King’s legacy today by serving their neighborhood, but also by supporting the Haitian community through drives and fundraisers. CNN is continuing the effort tonight with a Larry King Live telethon from 8 – 10 p.m. ET. Tune in to see your favorite celebrities manning the phones, and learn how you can help. Then stay with us for the latest with Anderson live from Haiti.
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