Haiti is a Caribbean country on the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Dominican Republic. The first independent nation in Latin America, it was founded after a slave rebellion in 1804. It’s violent inception seems to have carried on throughout it’s political history — even in stable times it has a reputation for corruption in government and as a dangerous place. Haiti’s people are the poorest in the Americas, living on less than $2 per person per day.
On January 12th, 2010, an earthquake struck just outside of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. Channel One’s Jessica Kumari flew into the country shortly after and again in August to report on the devastation there. Check out the videos below for our complete coverage and don’t miss our interactive feature that includes maps, a timeline and satellite images from before and after the quake.
For more on the organizations assisting the people we met there, L’Athletique D’Haiti, The Haitian Amputee Coalition, and The American Red Cross, and for information on how to support them, click the links below.