Editor's Note: On Wednesday’s American Morning, many shared various thoughts on the international disaster in Haiti, including hopes that the rebuilding efforts would bring a more positive future to the country, and provide opportunities for unemployed U.S. construction workers. Others were more concerned about the influx of refugees to the U.S., suggesting that refugees be housed at Guantanamo until they can be returned to Haiti.
As the U.S. and other countries prepare to send aid to the disaster-stricken country of Haiti, how do you feel about the potential influx of refugees to the U.S.? Should they be housed at Guantanamo and returned to Haiti when the crisis is over? How should the U.S. and other countries be involved in Haiti’s rebuilding process?
Saving lives and keeping order are top priorities in Haiti right now but that will be a considerable challenge. The capitol city Port-au-Prince and its police precinct are in ruins and there are no fire and rescue resources to speak of. New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly has been overseeing the training of law enforcement in Haiti. He spoke to CNN's Kiran Chetry Wednesday.
Many doctors and patient groups have long supported early, frequent screening for breast cancer. The senate just approved an amendment to its health care legislation that would require insurance companies to offer free mammograms and other preventive services to women despite a federal panel's recommendation back in November that most women in their 40's no longer need to be screened yearly. Dr. Freya Schnabel, Director of breast surgery at New York University's Langone Medical Center spoke to CNN's Kiran Chetry Wednesday.
Thirteen hours after a catastrophic magnitude-seven earthquake shook Haiti's capital city of Port-au-Prince, scenes it is still not clear how many people are dead. But one thing is certain from eyewitness accounts this is an unimaginable disaster. CNN's John Roberts reports.
The State Department has set up a hot-line for information on family members in Haiti:
If you want to help, you can text 'Haiti' to 90999 to donate ten dollars to emergency relief efforts. Your cell phone will be charged the bill.
You can also make donations at unicefusa.org
(CNN) - After the earth shook more violently in Haiti than it has in two centuries, its citizens hunkered down for the night, awaiting daylight Wednesday to ascertain the full scope of death and devastation.
The United States and global humanitarian agencies said they would to begin administering aid on Wednesday amid fears that impoverished Haiti, already afflicted with human misery, was facing nothing short of a catastrophe.
No estimate of the dead and wounded was given Tuesday evening, but the U.S. State Department had been told to expect "serious loss of life," spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters in Washington.
"The only thing I can do now is pray and hope for the best," the Haitian ambassador to the United States, Raymond Joseph, told CNN.
The grim list of Tuesday's destruction included the U.N. peacekeeper compound, a five-story building where about 250 people work every day.
Three Jordanian peacekeepers died and an additional 21 were injured, according to the state-run Petra News Agency.
Limited communications hampered reports of casualties and destruction. But the quake had reportedly brought down The Hotel Montana, popular with foreigners visiting Port-au-Prince. French Minister of Cooperation Alain Joyandet expressed concern Wednesday for the approximately 200 French tourists staying there.
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