On AMANPOUR today, from Port-au-Prince, Christiane Amanpour talks about the long road ahead for Haiti with the Prime Minister and two prominent journalists who have had their eye on the country for decades. Then, Christiane turns to a wide-ranging discussion with Britain’s Conservative Party leader, David Cameron, who, polls suggest, could defeat Gordon Brown in this year's election and become Great Britain's next prime minister. The conversation will touch on Britain’s role in rebuilding Haiti, his views on Afghanistan, Iraq and al Qaeda and his plan for dealing with Britain’s economic woes. Now here are some perspectives on some stories in the news today, beginning with Haiti.
Sr. Writer, AMANPOUR.
HAITI – Has the world fully grasped the enormity of the medical crisis facing Haiti after the earthquake?
- Basic medical supplies running dangerously low at hospitals and makeshift clinics more than two weeks after the quake
- Some patients receiving treatment for serious injuries for first time since the disaster struck
- Aid workers say medical supplies are number three priority for distribution, after water and tents
QUESTION: Will there be a public health calamity in Haiti following the earthquake?
U.K. IRAQ INQUIRY – Will British people accept former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s justification for going to war in Iraq?
- Blair presents forceful defense of his decision to join U.S.-led war against Iraq in 2003
- Blair: 9/11 attacks dramatically changed risk assessments, raising concerns terrorists could get weapons of mass destruction from rogue or failed states such as Iraq
- Former PM said he had not determined from the outset that it was necessary to remove Saddam Hussein from power
QUESTION: Will the fallout from the Iraq inquiry make it much more difficult for British political leaders to support the U.S. in future military actions around the world?
TOYOTA RECALL – Will the massive recall of Toyota cars and trucks destroy the Japanese auto company’s reputation for reliability and safety?
- U.S. Congress says it will hold hearings on Toyota safety recalls over safety problems that potentially affect about eight million vehicles in North America, Europe, and China
- U.S. lawmakers want to hold hearing on “how quickly and effectively” Toyota dealt with complaints about sticking accelerator pedals and slipping floormats
- Washington Post: Toyota began facing complaints about runaway cars years ago, but did not install a “brake override” system even though several other carmakers were introducing that technology
QUESTION: Will this massive recall give other automakers, particularly Toyota’s battered American and European competitors, a chance to knock Toyota from the global Number One carmaker spot?
On AMANPOUR. today, we’ll have the latest from Haiti. Christiane will also turn her attention to another country in need of nation building: Afghanistan. She interviews two key foreign ministers – from France and Pakistan – who are at the London conference on Afghanistan. Among other things, she’ll ask them about Afghan President Karzai’s proposal for reintegrating the Taliban, combating al Qaeda in Yemen, and renewed efforts to coordinate international military and civilian objectives on the ground. Here are some perspectives now on some of the stories in the news today.
Sr. Writer, AMANPOUR.
HAITI – Are key players in recovery effort finally making an effort to coordinate their activities?
- Key players decide to divide Port-au-Prince into zones to hand out aid
- Many people in the capital still haven’t received any food, water, or medical supplies
- “Miracle” rescue of 16-year-old girl by French rescue team after she was in the rubble for more than two weeks
QUESTION: Why did it take so long for aid agencies and others to come up with a plan to distribute aid in the earthquake-ravaged capital?
By Tom Evans
(CNN) – There is trafficking in children and human organs in the aftermath of the earthquake that devastated parts of Haiti, killed more than 150,000 people, and left many children orphans, Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive said Wednesday.
"There is organ trafficking for children and other persons also, because they need all types of organs," Bellerive said in an exclusive interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour.
He did not give any specifics, but asked by Amanpour if there is also trafficking of children, Bellerive said, "The reports I received say yes."
Haiti is trying to locate displaced children and register them so they can either be reunited with other family members or put up for adoption, Bellerive said.
But, he said, illegal child trafficking is "one of the biggest problems that we have." Many groups appear to be legitimate, "but a lot of organizations - they come and they say there were children on the streets.
They're going to bring them to the (United) States," he said.
Amanpour viewers discussed the alleged absence of the government of Haiti while the country experienced difficulty trying to recover after the earthquake. Many in the audience felt the government of Haiti’s “lack of action” to help their own, showed the indifference of the leaders to the citizens and some commented, “Has anyone seen their President? Is he still there?” The few viewers that differed in opinion commented that while they felt the government of Haiti was not doing their best, they held hope so the leaders could step up and show the country they cared to help.
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It is evident from this crisis where the problems of Haiti originate from. A failed government that cannot respond to the needs of its people.