Kate Starbird, a graduate student at the University of Colorado at Boulder, studies the use of Twitter during crises. When she and the other UC researchers heard about the massive earthquake in Haiti on Jan. 12, all they could do for the first two days was what everyone else was doing: watch the horrible images in the news and read about it as a devastating event rather than as a research subject. Continue reading
Preventing the spread of disease in Haiti’s quake-damaged cities, where thousands have taken refuge in temporary camps, is a formidable task in a country that already posed sanitation challenges. Continue reading
In other news Friday, former President Bill Clinton returned home after an overnight hospitalization following a heart procedure and much of the Deep South was paralyzed as a rare winter storm deposited several inches of snow. Continue reading
For weeks following the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti, a steady stream of airplanes stuffed with medical and other relief supplies shuttled in and out of the Port-au-Prince airport. Adhering to a strict time frame, the workers had just two hours to offload tons of supplies to make room for the next planeload of aid. Continue reading
With conditions on the ground ripe for a disease outbreak, aid groups in Haiti have launched a campaign to vaccinate more than 100,000 people against measles, diphtheria and tetanus. Emma Murphy of ITN reports. Continue reading
“Michele Voltaire Marcelin”:http://www.lidous.net/, an artist, poet, spoken word performer and teacher, was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Since the earthquake struck that country last month, she has been struggling to make sense of the destruction.
Kathie Klarreich, a freelance writer who also worked as a fixer/producer for the NewsHour in Haiti, sent us the story of one child’s rescue from the earthquake rubble, her transfer to the United States for medical treatment, and her family’s eager anticipation of her return. Continue reading