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Haiti: Citizen Videos of the Aftermath

Through the dire conditions in Haiti after the 7.0 Earthquake on January 12th, on ground level people have been helping others selflessly: whether it is picking survivors from under the rubble with their bare hands, providing shelter to those in need, giving medical assistance or by giving much sought after information of what the situation is like through blogs, twitter, cellphone messages or video.

In Les Cayes, Louis St. Germain from the Global Orphan Project has been recording videos and sending them off to be posted in YouTube or for major news outlets. While most of the eyes are focused on the devastation of Port Au Prince, the nation's capital, he provides a different perspective from the South of Haiti, which also suffered greatly due to the Earthquake:

At the Film school Cine Insitute in Jacmel, students and staff have also rallied and have been reporting and making videos to upload online depicting the destruction and needs the people of Jacmel are facing. This next video is by Fritzner Simeus:

This next video, Priere by Manassena Cesar, also from Cine Institute, shows a prayer for all those suffering the quakes aftermath:

Although PierreCote, is in Canada, through an online video channel and a twitter account he has been moving quickly and constantly to provide information, enlist the aid of translators to publish the information in French, Spanish and English and interview people in Haiti, who during different moments of the day have been giving first-hand information and testimonies as well as requests for help in aiding their relief efforts on the ground.

Such is this morning's example: to keep the Internet networks up and running in Haiti, Paolo Chilosi, general manager of Multilink (internet network) in Haiti requested through a Skype Call a Sr. Cisco System Engineer to go to Haiti for four days to help rebuild the network and keep it up. Following, the clip made from the live show and uploaded to YouTube:

Do you know of any other citizen journalists covering events in Haiti? Please share this information in the comments and if possible also on your social networks so that their efforts don't go unnoticed. Thank you.

For more information on the earthquake in Haiti, click on our Special Coverage page.

5 comments

  • […] Video bloggers are also chronicling their experiences, with clips from Les Cayes and Jacmel getting lots of attention on YouTube and other video sharing websites. The Cine Institute in Jacmel also posted eyewitness accounts of the earthquake. […]

  • […] Video bloggers are also chronicling their experiences, with clips from Les Cayes and Jacmel getting lots of attention on YouTube and other video sharing websites. The Cine Institute in Jacmel also posted eyewitness accounts of the earthquake. […]

  • […] Video-Blogger zeichnen ebenfalls ihre Erfahrungen auf und die Clips von Les Cayes und Jacmel erregen bei YouTube und anderen Video-Sharing-Websites viel Aufmerksamkeit. Augenzeugenberichte über das Erdbeben wurden auch von dem Cine-Institut in Jacmel hochgeladen. […]

  • […] Video-Blogger zeichnen ebenfalls ihre Erfahrungen auf und die Clips von Les Cayes und Jacmel erregen bei YouTube und anderen Video-Sharing-Websites viel Aufmerksamkeit. Augenzeugenberichte über das Erdbeben wurden auch von dem Cine-Institut in Jacmel hochgeladen. […]

  • […] hoping that the rescue efforts would prove successful, even in the face of massive aftershocks; citizen media rose to the challenge, sending out valuable first-hand […]

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