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Playlist: Haiti

Compiled By: Eva Breneman

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Colette Lespinasse on Haiti

From Carnegie Council | Part of the Global Ethics Forum: Advocates for Ethics in Business series | 27:57

Colette Lespinasse discusses pre-existing governance and human rights issues in disaster-stricken Haiti. She addresses the recent earthquake and cholera outbreak, as well as her work with migrants on the Haitian-Dominican border.


Carnegie Council's Advocates for Ethics in Business is a unique series of interviews that includes conversations with business, civil society, and academic leaders. Through their discussions, these leaders share innovative ideas, examine the role of business in society, and address the ethical considerations connected to conducting business globally.

After the Quake: Patients and Healers

From Under the Sun | Part of the Under the Sun: Haiti Stories After the Quake series | 08:30

In this piece, four medical professionals recount how their patients broke into song in a makeshift medical tent, despite the desperate circumstances. One doctor describes the moment as a tipping point, in which the patients lifted their healers. We'll be playing stories to commemorate the one year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti throughout January.


This piece reconstructs an inspiring moment amid tragedy and pain, at a makeshift hospital tent in Port-au-Prince. In it, four medical professionals from South Florida recount their experience landing in Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake, and struggling to meet a desperate need for medical help.

One describes the situation as “a war zone.” Another describes a feeling of worthlessness, given the scale of the catastrophe.

But then something happens that surprises them: a man begins to play a guitar in the corner of the tent, and patients begin to sing.  Soon every Haitian in the tent is singing or clapping or dancing.  The song: “Jesus, thank you for loving us.”

For those present, it was a tipping point. Asked for her impressions, physical therapist Carmen Maria Romero says, ”It’s extremely humbling to be around a people that, in the worst time of their life, have it in their hearts to give gratitude for what they have left– which is dust.”

The hospital tent, set up near Port-au-Prince’s crippled airport, was run by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Jackson Health System and Project Medishare.  To learn more about Project Medishare’s ongoing work in Haiti, click here.

RN Documentary: Paradise Lost

From Radio Netherlands Worldwide | Part of the RN Focus: Failed States series | 29:29

Haiti is often considered a classic example of a failed state. But what does that actually mean in practice?

Img0374_small Haiti is the world's first black republic. Ever since achieving independence two centuries ago, the country has been plagued by political instability. Today it is the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere. It's often cited as a typical example of a failed state. The police and justice system are almost non-existent. Even in the capital, public schools, hospitals, electricity, water and sewage barely function. In Paradise Lost, Eric Beauchemin looks at the collapse of the Haitian nation. This is the third program in The Abyss, a four-part series on failed states, produced in collaboration with the Ford Foundation.