What's crackin', friends? I haven't posted much in the past week or so 'cause I was first prepping to go, then en route, and for the past few days on site in Haiti.
I won't be melodramatic, but suffice it to say that as good as the Miami Herald's coverage has been - and some of the TV coverage too (my favorite on this story has been CNN; very thorough) - photos and video don't begin to bring to life all the death and destruction down here.
I think our folks have gotten as close as you can get, but till you see it, feel it, smell it, etc., you can't fully grasp the emotional explosion the Haitian people have dealt with.
Anywho, among the stories I've been working on is the one about the missionaries from Idaho. You may know eight of 'em were released on Wednesday. Two more - the two authorities in Haiti considered "ringleaders" - were kept in custody. They'd hoped to get out on Thursday. Didn't happen. I wrote a short piece for the Miami Herald that didn't make into the paper's schedule for tomorrow. So I'm just posting it here for your consumption. Following the short story, a few pics from Port-au-Prince - apologies in advance if you've already seen the pics on my Facebook page or through my Tweets. More to come over the next few days:
The next several pics I took while out reporting on political rallies led by young Haitians. They were gathered in the streets outside the semi-collapsed presidential palace. The helicopter pics were of French Pres. Sarkozy's chopper arriving at the palace to pick him up and take him away. The other pics are just general shots of the devestation and crowds. The giant pile of rubble in the third pic from the bottom was the Tax Ministry building AKA Haitian IRS. If this wasn't such a tragedy, no doubt there'd be jokes in the irony of the tax office collapsing.