April 8th, 2010
10:02 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Relocation in Haiti

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Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

It’s been almost three months since the devastating earthquake in Haiti that left more than 200,000 dead and many more homeless. We’ve been following developments since then, speaking regularly to activists and aid workers on the ground. Tonight, Gary Tuchman reports from Haiti on how international aid organizations and the government are planning on moving displaced people from tent cities to resettlement camps before the rainy season begins.

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What else are you following? Let us know and see you at 10 p.m. ET.

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  1. Marlena

    My heart goes out to these Haitian people especailly since I am a Caribbean native. Why can't we buy tents! Where is the $67 million plus that the Canadian Government donated, where are the millions that the US donated? Where are the millions? It is frustrating to watch the news and see people knee deep in mud, living and sleeping in filth and fecal matter. How can the Haitian government move so slowly knowing that time is running out on these people.
    I only hope that these monies from big hearted donors globally is not being pocketed by politicians and then suddenly disappear like it did not so long ago in Haitian's history. And I just want to say that God Bless people like Sean Penn and his organization who have remained faithful to Haiti and not made an appearance just for airtime. Infact, I nominate Sean Penn as a CNN hero...

    April 8, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  2. Eugenia - San Francisco

    I keep hearing about relocating the people of Haiti.

    When they relocate them, where are they going to be placed?

    They need permanent shelters. I have heard of organizations turning the shipping containers into shelters.

    Has anyone in Haiti seen this happen?

    April 8, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  3. Lisa

    My husband, a French citizen (I'm American) arrived in Haiti yesterday. He works for a non-for-profit educational organization that supports French-speaking universities, mainly in developing countries around the world, and he has 13 colleagues in Haiti. And he says the rainy season has ALREADY started... so what is all this about relocating people BEFORE? He found out only on Friday that several colleagues were still sleeping in the open air, having been unable to procure tents; he made some waves and supposedly his Canadian colleagues are sending the tents, bedrolls and air mattresses to arrive at the airport Friday. We, ourselves, assembled 13 basic first aid kits so he could take them to his colleagues, and sent books for some of the children of the colleagues. I am eagerly awaiting word from him after he has spent his first full day there, to find out what the conditions are REALLY like there. I have a feeling they are even worse than the news reports can show us.

    I'm just saying... the need for direct and immediate aid of ALL kinds is far from over, and in no event should anyone be thinking otherwise.

    April 8, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  4. Michaelle

    It is better to focus on the positive, on the fact that the relocation is happening. Had it started one month ago, reporters would have still stated that it was taking too long. I urge reporters to be encouraging of the efforts from all fronts, including the Government of Haiti and not only the International Aid which Haitians are absolutely thankful for. To really help Haiti, reporters and company have to stop the covert defamation and instead report on all sides.

    April 8, 2010 at 10:15 am |

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