Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
March 31, 2010


Video produced by the Department of State, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs for the International Haiti Donors Conference.

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SONG: "Fais Dodo"

Noise, screaming, sirens (continues through scene)

GIRL: "The world is coming to an end!"

MAN: "I hear screaming outside."

IAN RODGERS, Senior Emergency Adviser, Save the Children: "…hearing a lot of people obviously breathing…"

JOHN HOLMES, Under Secretary General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations: "Port-au-Prince has been clearly overwhelmed."

CARRIE KAHN, NPR: "It is just devastating."

JOHN HOLMES, Under Secretary General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations: "The devastation caused by the earthquake is extremely widespread."

CARRIE KAHN, NPR: "There were dead bodies."

IAN RODGERS, Senior Emergency Adviser, Save the Children: "..looking for their missing relatives."

IAN RODGERS, Senior Emergency Adviser, Save the Children: "There is no power - very, very dark…"

BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States: "At this very moment, one of the largest relief efforts in our recent history is moving towards Haiti."

BOB POFF, Salvation Army: "They need to know if they're going to have food and water in the coming hours."

JOHN HOLMES, Under Secretary General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations: "I think there are teams arriving – [the] China, from United States, France, Dominican Republic and elsewhere. And we need to get those teams in there before it’s too late and as you know in these situations every hour counts."

RENÉ PREVAL, President of Haiti: "I am very sad because my country is in great difficulty but I am very happy also to see how the world is with us, is helping us."

RENÉ PREVAL, President of Haiti: "Thank you very much for the help. Thank you for this solidarity.

JOHN HOLMES, Under Secretary General, United Nations: "The people are beginning to need the kind of emergency aid we will want to provide them in terms of shelter, food, clean water, sanitation."

BAN KI-MOON, Secretary General of the United Nations: "The United Nations has been playing a primary coordinating role."

JASON CARROL, CNN Reporter: "There [is] a steady stream of planes coming here at the airport. They’ve got relief supplies. They're coming from all over the world; from Belgium, from Brazil, from Miami, from Spain, from Iceland, just about any place you can imagine."

COL. FERNANDO SOARES, Brazilian Peacekeeper: "They are not violent people, they are normal people, but they are desperate, they want to eat."

JOHN VAUSE, CNN Reporter: "Finally, a day for Haiti to grieve, to break from the constant daily struggles to just survive."

RENÉ PREVAL, President of Haiti: [translated from Creole] "People of Haiti who are suffering, your courage, your strength during this great tragedy time is a sign that Haiti cannot perish, it is a sign Haiti will not perish."

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN Reporter: "It's become almost a cliché to talk about the strength and resilience of the Haitian people but some clichés are true."

(Music and Singing)

HILLARY CLINTON, United States Secretary of State: "There has been an overwhelming global response but of course there is so much more to do."

RAYMOND JOSEPH, Haitian Ambassador to the United States: "I am quite sure that the country will need all the help it can get."

[This is a mobile copy of Together We Can Rebuild Haiti]