CNN Desperation in Haiti and Report on Relief Scams Transcript
SHOW: CNN TONIGHT 7:00 PM EST
January 15, 2010 Friday
Desperation in Haiti; Relief Scams
Soledad O'Brien, Chris Lawrence, Anderson Cooper, Ed Henry, Jill Dougherty, Lisa Sylvester,
Gary Tuchman, Ivan Watson, Elizabeth Cohen, Edwidge Danticat, Franklin Graham, Ken Berger
There is rage in the streets of Haiti because it is taking too long for help to reach them. Haitians
are burying the dead in mass graves. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush are going
to lead the volunteer and aid efforts. There is a USAID agency that is working around the clock
coordinating the relief effort going into Haiti. Adoptive families are waiting on news about their
children in Haiti. People are still struggling trying to connect with their loves ones in Haiti.
SOLEDAD O'BRIEN, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): Tonight, Haiti's earthquake crisis, bodies
filling the streets, thousands buried in mass graves.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Reports on the extent of devastation in Haiti are still coming in and
each seemingly worse than the last.
O'BRIEN: Food and water pouring in from all over the world, but still only a trickle getting to
the millions who need it. Millions of desperate survivors on the verge of (INAUDIBLE). When
will help reach them?
ANNOUNCER: This is CNN TONIGHT live from New York. Here now Soledad O'Brien.
O'BRIEN: Good evening, everybody. Tonight's Haiti's crippled government says Tuesday's
massive earthquake killed more than 50,000 people, injured a quarter a million and left one and a
half million people homeless. Those numbers staggering, of course, as are the images that are
coming out of Haiti today.
There are bodies everywhere, mass graves, survivors who are still struggling to dig out the
missing by hand. Help from the world is there. Airlift continues, bringing tons of food and water
and hundreds of rescue workers, but they can only do so much because of Haiti's shattered