July 15th, 2010
10:20 AM ET
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. cheryl

    Why are CNN reporters standing on foreign soil asking US citizens about problems in Haiti? (Bill Clinton, Sean Penn, Eric Klein)
    President Preval said yesterday that he is willing to talk with any NGO and sign off on their items in Customs. What seems to be occurring is the NGO's want to do things their way without any discussion with Preval. That way they can put their funds where they want without discussing Haiti's needs and coordinating with the Haitian government.
    Why are the NGO'S riding around in new cars and people are starving? We want to know what they are doing with our money?
    Why won't CNN and other media interview Mr. Preval and why are their comments blocked on the web and in the media?
    They want to speak so let them.
    Right now Haiti is under the dictatorship of the United Nations and others so they are being very cautious. Please publish the list of all NGO's in Haiti.

    July 15, 2010 at 2:09 pm |
  2. Carla Kirch

    Thanks, CNN for editing your July 13 story on food for an orphanage. I was thrilled to see you go back and give the org. Food for the Poor credit for helping out. Food for the Poor has done outstanding work for Haiti. You should do a feel-good segment on them. Carla Kirch, a FFP donor.

    July 15, 2010 at 2:08 pm |
  3. Barbara Murray

    Thank God you and Dr. Gupta were able to "move" some food to those orphans. I applaud you both [ and Eric Klein of Can-Do.org].

    Pls keep up the "pressure", and do whatever it takes to continue this important work. All of you are making a BIG difference. Hopefully, the donated equipment, food, and meds sitting in those huge warehouses will reach a much needed "destination".
    Barbara Murray/ St. Louis

    July 15, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
  4. RC

    The problem is much deeper then red tape or organization it is about the bottom line in favor of a corrupted government.
    Relief supplies are being held by to create a demand and then sold on the black market by the decision makers. Equipment is being held in the ports and charged huge fees to fatten the pockets of the people in charge.
    Two weeks after the earthquake 40 thousand relief tents disappeared and were being sold on the streets.

    July 15, 2010 at 1:16 pm |
  5. linda

    Nobody is reporting on Haiti's government. Where are their leaders. When there is a catatrophe their leaders should be seen. I suspect they got their hands of some of those donations. The people should be storming their leaders home demanding help. None of this will change if their leaders are no where to be found.

    July 15, 2010 at 1:07 pm |
  6. Richard from Indiana

    I am genuinely amazed that any of your reporters are surprised that aid supplies are being 'held up' in Haiti. Am i truly the only person around who remembers what Haiti was like BEFORE the earthquake?? It has and has had the most corrupt and uncaring government i have ever seen in action. They declared the earthquake emergency 'over' so they could hold relief aid in customs... until the bribes and kickbacks that are the norm in Haitian government are restored. All that food in the warehouses is no doubt being distributed – to the small percentage of Haitians with money and political connections. The poor in Haiti have suffered most of all from their own government – NOT the earthquake – and always have, which is why i will not donate a dime to Haitian earthquake relief. It isn't that i don't care, but there is almost no chance that the people i would want to help will ever see any of it.

    July 15, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
  7. Daniel

    You guys really missed the point on this one. You've got it right about money but dead wrong on who the money goes to. Having been to Haiti and experienced their "customs", it is no tthe government that collects the "tariffs". Those items will get where they really need to go when the "duties" get paid to the right greased palm in the chain. It is a sad but simple reality that Haiti is not a government or law and rules, it is a government of private payments to the right official.

    July 15, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  8. JD

    Perhaps CNN reporting can help to change or totally change the sad blocking of relief supplies .... glad that CNN reports on this ...and hope we can do more than just watch but get involved and help ...

    July 15, 2010 at 11:19 am |

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