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  • November30th

    CNN producer note
    JOHNNYCOLT rode atop a Martelly support bus in Carrefour, Haiti, yesterday as hundreds of supporters rushed along the street and demonstrated. ‘The police are trying to stop the demonstration from gaining too much momentum, keeping crowd control by jumping on this situations as quickly as possible,’ he said.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    the mouse is spinning the wheel

  • November30th

    A troubled election-that certainly contained a number of irregularities-finds its fate announced at a press conference on Monday, November 29th, at the Kinam Hotel. A pack of journalists fill the lobby. These are the faces I have seen glowing over laptops in hotel lobbies for the last week. The center of attention is Colin Granderson. Mr. Granderson is the head of the Organization of American States (OAS) and Caribbean Community (CARICOM). He spoke at length about the issues surrounding Haiti’s election. In short, Mr. Granderson had three key points that he continued to make throughout the Q & A session:

    1. There were irregularities, but not enough to constitute massive fraud.

    2. The election is considered good and will stand.

    3. Mr. Granderson urged the candidates who were unhappy with this situation to please use legal means that exist inside Haiti’s electoral process and to refrain from violence.

  • November29th

    Election night in the Haitian neighborhood of Delmas 38.

    Caught between demonstrators and the police, I capture a slice of life during elections in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

  • November28th

    Pulling up to a polling station, I am met by a group of angry young men. When I am able to get to the bottom of their anger, the men lead me to the body of a dead woman lying across the sidewalk. My first reaction was to call out to the policemen across the street. One of the four men just laughed as the entire group kept strolling. The UN drove by and just stared at me down the barrel of high caliber machine guns. I ask the local men why the police do not take care of this and their response was a collective, “They don’t give a F*&K.” After asking no less than a dozen police officers how I could help, I received no information of value. Behind me, during this process, was a media blitz and an Italian cameraman who was yelling at me for getting into his shot.

  • November28th

    CNN producer note
    JOHNNYCOLT is in Haiti to cover the post-earthquake recovery and the country’s elections..
    - davidw, CNN iReport producer

    I follow my Haitian friend, Gaston Elso, as he goes to the polling stations in an attempt to cast his vote. What starts as a quick and simple story turns into an epic of roadblocks to cast a simple Haitian vote.

  • November27th

    CNN producer note
    JOHNNYCOLT says many Haitians are having trouble voting because their names are not on the voter rolls.
    - jsarverCNN, CNN iReport producer

    I have followed Gaston Elso through six polling stations on his journey to vote. His name appears on none of the lists that show who is eligible to vote: the voter rolls. Mr. Elso holds a voter registration card as well as a license from the CEP that allows him to drive, today, yet he is struggling to find a way to vote. According to Mr. Elso, this is a serious problem and we may expect tension and public displays of anger by late afternoon. I saw many Haitians coming in and out of the polling stations who were frustrated by the same experience that Mr. Elso is experiencing.

  • November26th

    CNN producer note
    JOHNNYCOLT interviews fellow iReporter RoseannD who lives full time in Haiti. She is working in the only cholera clinic that services the Cabaret region of Haiti.
    - jsarverCNN, CNN iReport producer

    I interviewed Superstar iReporter RoseannD (Roseann Denery.)
    Roseann lives full time in Haiti. She is in the business of healing the sick as a member of the NGO Samaritan’s Purse. She is working in the only cholera clinic that services the Cabaret region. Roseann’s iReports are filled with a bittersweet quality. She shows Haiti’s hard reality but, at the same time, reminds us that the human spirit does triumph. It was an honor to get the chance to meet another iReporter in the field.

  • November25th

    Snapshot from the slums of Cité Soleil

    Posted in: Blog

    Heading into the heart of Cité Soleil, we attempt to find victims of cholera.

    We get a rap song, dirty babies and a post-hospital visit cholera patient that looks like she is knocking on death’s door. We distribute all the medication we have and don’t even put a dent in the numbers.

  • November24th

    COFFIN MAKER in CAP-HAITIEN

    Posted in: Blog

    CNN producer note
    JOHNNYCOLT interviewed a coffin maker in Cap Haitien last week as he saw so many building coffins for the victims of the cholera outbreak. There are so many coffin makers, competition is tough. ‘Considering how poor many people are I have wondered how they can afford coffins? Everything that looks metal is actually cheap plastic - the coffin is made of any cheap wood they can find,’ he said.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    Interview with one of the many coffin makers lining the streets of Cap-Haitien.

  • November23rd

    UN goes BALLISTIC

    Posted in: Blog

    In this iReport: Haitian citizens speak out against the UN troops.

    On the Morne Rouge road that runs through downtown Cap-Haitien, a UN armored vehicle found itself stuck on a tree stump and was unable to move. Haitians throwing rocks and bottles were met with gunfire from the blue helmets. In this iReport, I was able to convince the man in charge of a checkpoint to speak on the record. Pay close attention to hear him explain that he doesn’t want to be on camera (for fear of retribution and his family seeing him) and that he witnessed three of his friends being killed by UN troops.

    Official reports say that at least two demonstrators have died-one of them shot by a member of the multinational peacekeeping force. This information does not line up with what citizens told me in this iReport. I have submitted my photographs of the bullets holes directly to the UN and am currently awaiting their response. With no media to witness the events, it is a tough task to get to the truth.