Haiti's Children in Crisis

Children peer from their tent in a makeshift camp for earthquake survivors in Port-au-Prince, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010. (AP)

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Of the nearly 3 million people affected by the earthquake in Haiti, an estimated half are children.

Many are living with little shelter, and no clear plan for their future.

A group of American missionaries grabbed headlines with their attempt to take children out of the country. Still detained in Port-au-Prince, their story goes on.

But the bigger story is the actual plight of Haitian children on the ground. Most will need to survive there, in Haiti. Helping them, right now and for the long haul, is a tall order.

This hour, On Point: We’re focusing on Haiti’s children in crisis.


From Port-au-Prince we’re joined by Trenton Daniel, reporter for The Miami Herald.

Joining us in our studio is Joia Muhkerjee, chief medical director at Partners In Health. She’s also a professor in the Division of Global Health Equity at  Harvard Medical School and a physician specializing in infectious diseases and pediatrics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She’s just back from Haiti. Her organization is sponsoring the “Stand With Haiti” campaign.

Joining us from Westport, Conn., is Rudy Von Bernuth, vice president for Save the Children. He’s been overseeing the emergency response to the situation in Haiti.

And from Nashville, we’re joined by Mike Wilson, new father of an adopted Haitian girl. He and his wife have also taken in his new daughter’s best friend as part of a humanitarian program.

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