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January 18th, 2010
07:46 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Growing Unrest in Haiti

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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.


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soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. debbie

    i think those doc should be sent home and have some doc come in that are not going to leave their patients hangin. god, please don't ever need thoses doc or i just mite die. thanks dr.gup.

    January 19, 2010 at 12:20 am |
  2. Jeanne

    God forbid. But if I'm ever in a natural disaster I want Anderson Cooper and Dr Sonjay Gupta nearby!

    January 19, 2010 at 12:17 am |
  3. Olga M. Rivas

    Anderson,
    I have long I admired you and your love for journalism. However, you are a lot more than a journalist. You are a Hero, who in the mist of this caos, reacted without any regard for your own safety. God Bless you.
    I don't believe the desperation these people are reacting to should be labeled as a crime act...Survival needs? Yes. Not looting?
    If I had a message to pass on it would be simply, Pray for these people. Have compation. Help in any way possible.

    Kudos Mr. Cooper!

    Olga

    January 19, 2010 at 12:16 am |
  4. Tim Pangborn

    I'm a doctor, and detest virtually ALL politicians. Anderson asks why the planes with inflatable surgery and clinic centers were not allowed to land while a governor's plane and others to take people out as well as a Clinton's whole family plane load for obvious grandstanding were allowed to land instead in spite of the overarching need for emergency medical help. Anderson, it has always been and will always be a politician's need for camera and personal coverage that takes precedent over any and all other needs, including saving human lives!! That's a big "duh"!

    January 19, 2010 at 12:10 am |
  5. Yvette S - SC

    I agree with you Anderson. How does a governors plane get to land but critical supplies and personnel are being held back. You've made a good point and we know you're not diminishing the evacuation of the orphans. As for political powers-that-be in Haiti, being visible and addressing their people , they may be a bit afraid to confront the people they have let down for so long.

    January 19, 2010 at 12:10 am |
  6. Jacqueline Morrow

    You and all of the CNN reporters are doing a wonderful job of not only reporting but helping the people of Haiti , in their terrible time of need. Thank you, all please stay safe and take care.

    January 19, 2010 at 12:09 am |
  7. David

    Why does a Democratic Governor get a plane in and not a medical unit? You answered your own question "Democratic Governor" is it political?

    Did President Clinton's group prevent a medical unit from getting there because they took up airspace?

    January 19, 2010 at 12:08 am |
  8. Susan

    Anderson Cooper brings up the crucial questions....Who is in charge and who is making these decisions about what planes get in or get out.. He is voicing the frustration many viewers are feeling.

    January 19, 2010 at 12:00 am |
  9. Anne, Seattle

    Anderson–your and all the other CNN correspondent's coverage of the earthquake in Haiti has been outstanding. That Dr. Sanjay has jumped in to help makes him a hero in my book. I have been brought to tears by the utter devastation of Port-au-Prince and the desperate situation of its people. Please ask those in charge (and who is in charge anyway?) why it is taking so long for the supplies to get out of the airport to the people and why flights that should be a priority, like the complete inflatable hospital by Doctors Without Borders was turned away twice in two days. We are going to see a second wave of deaths due to septic wounds and dehydration. This is incredibly frustrating and please, please keep asking these questions about these errors in logistics. It reminds me of Katrina.

    January 18, 2010 at 11:49 pm |
  10. Dell

    Anderson,
    You are doing a great job of reporting this story. I only wish we had someone that would take charge of this situation and get food and medicine to these people. As planes leave Haiti why don't they take people out of this place. It is clear that people cannot stay there for it will take years to rebuild. We could bring people here on a temporary visa or something and place then in some of the many empty buildings. This would create jobs for people in the US and help the people that are suffering.

    It is a shame no one is able to make a decision while people are dying. I feel your frustration. I am frustrated and I don't see the suffering first hand. Keep asking the questions – you are doing a great job.

    January 18, 2010 at 11:43 pm |
  11. CM Codrington

    Congrats to Anderson for maintaining a sense of humor re his "rant" regarding the evident lack of Good orderly direction, or logistical authority on the ground in Haiti. As in Louisiana choppers could have been dropping MRE's and water the day after the quake. Just as in 95 only a military organization has the ability to deliver effective ground command , traggic control, communications systems and institute air control triage, distribution etc etc and were there a need for a civilian head retired Gen Honore certainly has the experience. Sadly if this continues another few days the situation on the ground is likely to get very ugly. The Haitian common folk do not deserve that. Hope Pres Obama takes the initiative and institutes an Emergency intervention before the blood begins to flow.

    January 18, 2010 at 11:41 pm |
  12. norris d harris sr

    YOU ARE A GREAT MAN, NOT ONLY, FOR WHAT YOU DID TODAY. BUT YOUR WHOLE LIFE, MAY GOD BLESS, YOU, THANK YOU SIR.

    January 18, 2010 at 11:41 pm |
  13. Sandy - Nevada

    Anderson, we are so grateful you're there. You and Sanjay are the best of the best in every aspect of mankind!

    January 18, 2010 at 11:39 pm |
  14. Larry

    Where does the $$ go to buy the supplies needed? I hope every penny gets accounted for. I just don't want any lobbyists for members of the senate or congress getting kickbacks.

    January 18, 2010 at 11:33 pm |
  15. the-harv

    it was the same for katerina,,, they had all the supplies but none got to residents.... how can Isreal set up field hospital in two days and we still have our people sitting around waiting for deployment. The US only deployed five DMAT (Diaster Medical assistance Team) when we have 50 teams for deployment,,, what is wrong with us,, it is embarassing to be americans sometiimes.

    Keep up the work AC, keep them honest and let us know how a senator can get into Haiti and our DMAT teams and Pediactric Dr can't get clearance to get there, instead r sent to Dominic Republic or stalled in Florida,,, The clintons had no problem getting there,,,,,, why can't the needed personall,,

    Keep them honest but remember it the same thing we saw after Katrina,

    January 18, 2010 at 11:32 pm |
  16. Pamela Williamson

    Great job Anderson! Watching daily from New Zealand. I teared up when I saw you dump your gear and pick up that boy. In times such as these it must be hard just to report the action! You and Dr Gupta have both "done" something! All those clean T's you had to bring!

    January 18, 2010 at 11:27 pm |
  17. richardson

    Hang in there AC you will be blessed you're defintely making a difference. Thank God for CNN. Being a New Orleans native l know first hand how you make a difference. Everyone in New Orleans think the World of you and CNN stand tall and keep it going.

    January 18, 2010 at 11:24 pm |
  18. Marc Huestis

    First of all thank Anderson and all for their good work. A few points. Research if Rendall's plane had supplies going in- from what I've read the planes bring things in and take folk out. Anderson's frustration is understandable BUT the situation might have been more complicated than he is stating. Also I have a bit of a problem with the monikor of "looting" used for folk just trying to get candles. General Honore made that point last night, and as much as it stinks that an American businessman has lost his bizness, stopping folk from taking candles I think is low on the list of priorities.

    January 18, 2010 at 11:19 pm |
  19. GA

    Anderson, thank you for reporting such informational news and for being a hero to the little boy. I do hope that all of the food and money goes to all the people that really need it and not to just the wealthy as it usually does. My mother was in Guatemalan earthquake in '76 and tells how she never saw the aid get to her town. The money only went to the wealthy parts of town, I pray that this does not occur this time.

    January 18, 2010 at 11:17 pm |
  20. Rena

    In my opinion no one should be called a looter in these conditions. No it isn't their property , but is now the time to worry about laws and keeping your store in stock. If the people are not fed there will be no consumers to buy your products anyway.

    I don't think anyone looking from the outside in understands how long it takes to give aid. Every second feels like a minute. Every minute feels like an hour. Ever hour feels like a day. Everyone is doing the best they can.

    January 18, 2010 at 11:15 pm |
  21. Laura Shapiro

    Anderson Cooper and Dr. Gupta,

    I admire both of you as journalists and as human beings. You have done some wonderful reporting in Haiti and elsewhere and the world is better educated because of your work. Thank you for being a good example of what all of us should strive for.

    January 18, 2010 at 11:10 pm |
  22. Linda

    Anderson Cooper words cannot express my admiration for you
    in your compassion and the great job you are doing in Haiti.
    We are with you in spirit what a great big heart you have.
    You are the best your mother must be so proud.
    Keep safe.

    January 18, 2010 at 11:08 pm |
  23. Michele Dick

    ANDERSON!!! u are un real! I have watched for a week, when do you sleep? You and Dr. Sanjay are REAL American Heros. I know you will never have time to read this..that's o.k. whoever does, I am balling my eyes out. I watched when Anderson took that boy in his arms after getting hit with a stone from looting...OMG!!! Dr. Sanjay..you report and take care of what ever comes your way. I gave what I could, if I had the opurtunity I would be there today. I could go on and on...God bless you all..I love you Larry King and all the reporters. The footage you put on is hard to watch...yet we do need to see. If now ever reads this, I feel better because I wrote....God Bless Haiti from a mid west girl....

    January 18, 2010 at 11:02 pm |
  24. Larry

    I think the African-Haitian people need more from nearby countries like Cuba, who have many doctors & nurses.

    January 18, 2010 at 11:01 pm |
  25. nan fracica

    Anderson, your endless, totally dedicated footage on haiti is so appreciated. here in the u.s. and throughout the entire world. may God bless you and every one in haiti. thank you for everything that you are doing. ....so moving

    January 18, 2010 at 11:01 pm |
  26. B.B. Parness

    So moving and not that surprising that Anderson Cooper would step in to save the innocent young boy from certain injury today...He has in my view, always reported from the vantage point of fearless journalism...and heartfelt identification with those in need. Today was no exception. Dr. Gupta's refusal to leave a hospital full of critically ill patients two nights ago under the threat of immediate and extreme violence was also not surprising, and I am again so glad and not at all surprised that he stepped up to the plate to perform critical surgery on this 12 year old girl.

    The Israeli's have lived under siege for years, are supremely prepared and coordinated and therefore made sure they traveled with the necessary supplies needed to operate their field hospital so quickly and effectively.

    January 18, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  27. Tina

    I hope the children can be airlifted on humanitarian needs to the U.S. if possible. We need to think out of the box now for the children's well being. They can't live outside without water, food and shelter.....God help us and the children of Haiti....

    January 18, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  28. Ray Marini

    The story about American surgeons not having field equipment, while the Israeli team does, despite having to come half way across the World really irritates me. With the amounts of money being donated by common folk here in the US, I do not understand why any surgeon in Haiti does not have the equipment they need. The Israelis seem to know how to get things done, ie. airport security and reaction to crisis. Maybe our government needs to learn a lesson.

    January 18, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  29. Zahra

    My tv hasn't been off CNN and I think the coverage given by people like Anderson is just amazing. All rescue workers on the ground in Haiti are doing an admirable job, and I was moved to tears by the still photographic story of Anderson jumping in to recuse that boy. I'm praying for all of you and those who are trying their best to help this country.

    I must add, that the looting was not unexpected. It doesn't seem to matter what country it is; when some people find themselves desperate, they try to strong-arm their way out of the situation. The fact that the prisons are now empty, and there were already criminal elements (as in all societies), is further hampering an already bad situation.

    January 18, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  30. Cecil

    Where's the U.N.? The United Nations should take the lead in disasters such as this. It's a opportunity for the world to work together. Another missed opportunity!!!!

    January 18, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  31. Colleen

    I have been very disturbed by the CNN reporting on the crisis in Haiti. I have now heard "a stupid death" from Anderson Cooper repeated many times. These are "true" deaths of real people that have resulted from unbelievable tragedy. Lets start hearing about the positive efforts from the many volunteers and countries involved. This type of reporting only creates anger at the wrong people. REMEMBER Haiti is an island that is predominately poor, lacking adequate infrastructure with an ineffective government. These are the main reasons a prompt and effective disaster response has been delayed. Lets redirect your coverage to something POSITIVE like the selfless compassion and good deeds of the US military and many rescue volunteers.

    January 18, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  32. Janet Haas

    if you have a pulse, you know an American would have to get involved after viewing footage that AC360 filmed today...so moving.

    January 18, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  33. Rick Strul

    The Obama Administration now has a certifiable fiasco on its hands in Haiti. It is clear that NOTHING was learned from Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. The relief effort has been completely botched! People are now losing their lives needlessly because USAID cannot multitask! The media were quick to blame President Bush. It is now past time to do the same with President Obama. He must be held to account under the same standard. Decent people must call it what it is.

    January 18, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  34. Norma Labno

    01/18/10

    Anderson Cooper is one of the finest reporter's on
    the Planet!

    He has never stopped working for Hurricane Katrina
    victims to this day! He remains committed to the cause
    of rebuilding New Orleans to the city it was before
    Katrina.

    You can be sure he will show that same kind of tenacity for
    Haitians. When Anderson takes on a story, you can be l00%
    sure he will follow thru as long as it takes!

    Anderson, May God Bless You And Keep You Safe As You Work
    To Make This World a Better Place!

    Norma Labno
    Las Vegas, NV

    January 18, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  35. Michaelene Feyos

    Dr Gupta, you are a god-send to the little 15 day old baby, and the 12 yr. old girl that you helped. May God bless you. Please stay safe. Keep up al of your good works. Thank you

    Michaelene

    January 18, 2010 at 9:55 pm |
  36. Abe Emile

    I am concerned about the Police's' actions. Children could be harmed by these happy triggers. As far as the looters....i would call it more desperation than looting. The people are dying of hunger. Of course there is going to be civil unrest. It is important that we not focus on the superficial event (looting) and look at the underlying causes (an earthquake that has left people with nothing; in addition, an unresponsive, unhelpful leadership, and incompetent strategy to get aid out to the people of Haiti). Thank Anderson for keeping us updated on these linked events on twitter.

    January 18, 2010 at 9:49 pm |
  37. Candice L

    Anderson Cooper – yes, you are a hero. I thank God for all you are doing – getting the message out. You said on one show, "I'm just one person; I don't have any specialized skills and I'm not bringing a team of people to help." Yes, you are just one person, but you have saved so many lives by reporting an honest story through the perspective of the people. Thank God, may you be blessed and safe.

    January 18, 2010 at 9:41 pm |
  38. mew

    Looters sell what they steal. AC rocks. And Sanjay. I'm sure there are others that are behind the scenes. I applaud them all and pray for Haiti.

    January 18, 2010 at 9:32 pm |
  39. Ruth

    To AC & Dr. SG: U guys & all your crew are doing a unbelievably great job bringing this story to the world. Great respect to you all especially for your humanitarian compassion. God Bless You All!

    January 18, 2010 at 9:27 pm |
  40. Theresa

    Anderson, I was teary eyed and felt like you were MY hero for saving that little boy who had gotten hit in the head. I love your heart when you report and I can see that you really care.

    January 18, 2010 at 9:24 pm |
  41. LanaHere

    I always knew that Anderson Cooper is a man with courage and compassion. I saw that in him when he was reporting about Katrina.
    I'm not a bit surprised that he risked his life to help a boy. When I'm searching for news, I try to look for Anderson Cooper's report. He's trustworthy and a great news reporter. Keep up the good work Cooper.

    January 18, 2010 at 9:23 pm |
  42. Seraida

    I've watching from my bed the CNN news since the earthquake, and have not been able to understand what appears to be lack of coordination and anticipation of need. I know this is not the first. Time we have responded to an earthquake , yet we appear to be totally disorganized and with lack of pre-emptied need. Why did we not anticipate the need for equipment to repair broken bones, antibiotics, and an emergency (trauma) hospital to be set- up immediately. Since day one reporters on the ground said all hospitals had been demolished. It does not take a rocket scientist to anticipate this immediate need! We r suppose to be a superpower yet we've handle this situation as with complete surprise and disarray. We new the damage and needs from day second day there!!! What's the lack of action! We can say all we want about wanting to help but it takes bold actions in these type of situations to safe lives. Money is needed but human pro-active action is the number one need where is the empathy!!!

    January 18, 2010 at 9:21 pm |
  43. Jeff

    Can someone explain why the Israelis had make-shift hospitals set up with all of the proper equipment and supplies while the U.S. is still struggling to do the same?

    January 18, 2010 at 9:19 pm |
  44. PierreSt.Fleur

    Anderson, I would like to thank you for the work that you are doing in Haiti. As a Haitian American citizen i would like for you to ask American Commander big tents should be provided for those sleeping in the open air if it started to rain in Haiti.

    January 18, 2010 at 9:13 pm |
  45. Ann Hoye

    Anderson Cooper
    This year's CNN's heroes will be you and your fellow reporters who got into Haiti early on and let the world know. Each and everyone of you are heroes–not the least of which are you and Sanja Gupta. You reported and pitched into to help whenever you could. It is your show that led the way. Bravo!

    January 18, 2010 at 9:09 pm |
  46. Annie Kate

    Getting the aid of food and water and medical supplies into Haiti seems to be as slow as getting it to NOLA and the Mississippi coast was back when Katrina came through. We really need to find ways to speed this up because these delays add to the death count. I had hoped that after Katrina we would have put some measures in place to speed up the delivery of aid – we either haven't done it or the fact that Haiti is its own nation may be hindering the quick handout of aid.

    The coverage CNN and especially 360 is doing of this catastrophe is nothing but amazing. Thank you for sticking to the news and being the place to go to get real news.

    January 18, 2010 at 9:02 pm |
  47. Isabel - Brazil •

    Hi Maureen!!!!!

    About Anderson's attitude, there is not much to talk about!

    He is a true hero. His mission is being so much bigger than I imagined!

    @ Anderson and 360 team
    Hang on! Stay with God!

    January 18, 2010 at 9:01 pm |
  48. wendy Torres

    Today I realized that Anderson Cooper is not only a good reporter he is also a special person not only for me but for many people in Haiti and around the world, thank you very much for risking your life and saving that boy today. God bless you today and always.

    January 18, 2010 at 8:59 pm |
  49. Viv Wolsk, nyc

    Our priorities seem off. Looters should be allowed to take whatever they need and we need to get supplies and aid to the people of Haiti ASAP. We seem too focused on saving Americans and tourists and protecting businesses.

    January 18, 2010 at 8:59 pm |
  50. Luesta

    Loot or survival?

    January 18, 2010 at 8:53 pm |
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