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Earthquake Documentary: Two Years Since Death & Devastation Rocked Haiti

Brand new 30-minute documentary reminds us all of what Haiti faced and still faces...

 Haiti was one scene of devastation after another.
Haiti was one scene of devastation after another.

(SALEM) - Two years ago, the infrastructure and human structure of Haiti was ripped apart and crushed without mercy by a 7.0 monster earthquake.

The event ripped people apart from their loved ones, many of whom were lost and never found, and created scenarios where the piling up dead threatened disease and were burned en mass with little hesitation and no ceremony.

Among the panic, pain, struggle and inevitable loss, there were shining moments of rescue; people from all over the world moved in to help and they worked long and hard days and nights to pull trapped people from the wreckage of buildings after a week or more.

There are few words to describe this mash up of carnage and compassion; tragedy and selfless dedication. Reactions to the saving of life were strong, very strong.

Tears flowed, people clapped with joy and while many didn't speak the same language, they all understood the universal concepts of humanity and courage.

A year ago- 230,000 people were killed and millions more were left injured, homeless, and searching for answers. The earthquake was absolutely unforgiving, it left people desperate and highly compromised, and then the rains came.

Dealing with foreign nationals attached to the United Nations went well for a while, and then Sri Lanka soldiers were sent in and soon reports of rape were widespread.

This documentary is intended to remind us all of what Haiti faced and still faces as a result of the devastating earthquake that struck this island nation on 7 January 2009.

Video narrated by Tim King and Bonnie King
Produced and Edited by Tim King
Video courtesy: MINUSTAH UN video crews
Music: Sweet Micky

Salem-News.com covered the Haiti earthquake and related devastation closely, follow the links below to many of our past reports:

Haiti Still in Crisis

Post-Earthquake Photos of Haiti by Daniel Cima

Haiti Earthquake - One Year into Recovery

Video Reportedly Shows UN Soldiers Raping Teenager in Haiti

WHO Calls Breastfeeding Best Answer for Newborns in Haiti

Ban to Visit Haiti on Sunday To View Post-Quake Relief Efforts

Haiti and Sanitation in the Wake of a Disaster

Haiti Resettlement and Life in a Remote Village

Rain Complicates Problems in Haiti

Haiti University Memorial

Former U.S. President Clinton Visits Haiti

Schools in Haiti Still Under Plenty of Rubble

Escaped Prison Population Poses Threat in Haiti

Haiti Amputees Struggle Amidst Destruction

World Food Program Faces Logistical Challenges in Haiti

Arab Nations Unite in Relief Effort for Haiti

Haiti's Displaced Number Close to a Million

Haitian Doctor Texts While Buried Under Rubble, Groups Searching DR Hospitals

Urgent Call for Human Milk Donations for Haiti Infants

Dealing With Haiti's Dead

UN Food Distribution Now Reaching Two Million Earthquake Refugees

Night Patrol in Cite Soleil, Haiti

Earthquake Refugees Flee Port-au-Prince

Helping Haiti's Earthquake Orphans

Breastmilk and Charity for Haiti

Dominican Republic Teams Bring Relief in Haiti

Security Council Authorizes 3,500 More UN Peacekeepers for Haiti

UN Secretary-General Mourns Deaths of Top UN Officials in Haiti Quake

Dramatic Video of Rescue Efforts in Haiti

Haiti's Devastation

State Dept. Launches Person Finder Tool to Locate the Missing in Haiti

Breast Milk Donations Needed for Haiti Quake Victims

Secretary-General to Travel to Haiti in Show of Solidarity

Medical Teams International Responds to Crisis in Haiti

Game on: Time to Help Haitians

Ban 'Heartened' by Global Response to Help Haiti Quake Victims

Haiti: Still Too Soon for Deadly Earthquake's Casualty Toll

Jamaica Will Rely on International Charities to Get Aid to Haiti

Haitian Government Discusses Earthquake Response and Coordination

UN Pledges Support for Haiti Quake Victims

Politicizing the Tragedy in Haiti

Presidents Obama, Bush and Clinton Remark on Developments in Haiti

Politicizing the Tragedy in Haiti

Pat Robertson is No Man of God: What a Jerk

UN Rushing Aid to Haiti Following Deadly Tremors

So Many Calamities of Nature

American Red Cross Pledges Initial $1 Million to Haiti Relief

Medical Teams International Sends Aid to Haiti

UN Calls for International Support in Wake of Devastating Haiti Quake

Haiti Rocked by Major Catastrophic 7.3 Earthquake

Devastation hardly begins to describe what the people of Haiti have had to deal with over the past two years. The earthquake was completely tragic, and what words describe the days, weeks and months that followed are nothing I can find.

- article by Tim King

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Tim King has more than twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines. Tim is a former U.S. Marine, he holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Tim has several years of experience in network affiliate news TV stations, having worked as a reporter and photographer at NBC, ABC and FOX stations in Arizona, Nevada and Oregon. You can send Tim an email at this address: newsroom@salem-news.com

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Publisher Bonnie King has been with Salem-News.com since August '04. Bonnie has a wide ranging media background and in her career she has served in a number of positions in the broadcast industry; TV Production Manager at KVWB (Las Vegas WB) and Producer/Director for the TV series "Hot Wheels in Las Vegas", TV Promotion Director for KYMA (NBC), and KFBT (Ind.), Asst. Marketing Director (SUPERSHOPPER MAGAZINE), Director/Co-Host (Coast Entertainment Show), Radio Promotion Director (KBCH/KCRF), and NIE/Circulation Sales Manager (STATESMAN JOURNAL NEWSPAPER). Bonnie has a depth of understanding that reaches further than just behind the scenes, and that thoroughness is demonstrated in the perseverance to correctly present each story with the wit and wisdom necessary to compel and captivate viewers. View articles written by Bonnie King

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Reverend Donoghue January 6, 2012 6:58 am (Pacific time)

I have had the opportunity to meet and work with some Haiti refugees in America. They are grateful to have the opportunity to be here, given that their country is still so far from any sort of recovery. They need to be provided a better support structure than what they have in their government, but I am not sure that they need any more Western intervention, which has not gone well throughout history.

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