Haiti today: Notes from David Ono Pt. 2, Tent city by the sea
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (KABC) -- [Editor's note: David Ono from ABC7 Eyewitness News recently returned to Haiti to see what progress has been made six months after the earthquake. Ono's reports reveal a side to Haiti that very few people are talking about. Watch what happens when Ono returns to Haiti, all week at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Eyewitness News. This is the second of five notebook entries from Ono's trip.]
The world's elite spend tens of millions of dollars to have an ocean view in communities like Malibu and Laguna. Living near a beautiful ocean has come to symbolize status in our culture.
Today, I found myself standing on a beach staring at the turquoise blue Caribbean. Fifty feet behind me a village was staring at me. They weren't enjoying the view. They were hoping I might be their salvation for one day.
They were starving.
It was one of a thousand tent cities you'll find throughout earthquake-ravaged Haiti.
They didn't care about the view. Finding food for their children was their only concern. With a guide I stumbled upon them. They knew this might be an opportunity. Opportunity ... a rarity in their lives.
They invited me into their camp. What I saw was the antithesis of one of our beach communities. Bloated, malnourished kids. Skinny, miserable adults.
They showed me their water supply: simply a hole in the ground. They'd drop a bucket on a string and pull up a murky mess. It's what they drink, cook with, and bathe in. And it's making them sick. They know it but have no choice.
They showed me their food storage bin ... empty.
The last of it was cooked that day for the kids. I saw the kids scraping the burnt rice and bean remnants from the pot. The adults simply watched, they didn't eat that day.
I asked the village elder what it would take to feed his entire community, he told me "one hundred dollars a day." That's it. A little more than 25 cents per person. Nothing to us. Insurmountable to them.
As I am leaving they tell me they are worried about what tomorrow will bring.
Sunrise over a beautiful ocean may be magical to us, but to them, it's another day of misery and worry about how they will survive.
earthquake, earthquake center, david ono
- Nelson Mandela dies in South Africa at age 95
- IE domestic-violence murder suspect at large
- Girl killed while walking in IE crosswalk
- New cold front to bring chance of rain, snow
- Los Angeles Co. social workers go on strike
- 4 local brothers are all members of LAPD
- Montebello remains are not human - coroner
- UCSB meningitis: Student's legs amputated
- US teacher shot dead in Libya's Benghazi
- abcnews: Teen saved after swallowing magnets
- 2015 Ford Mustang still has plenty of muscle
- Over 2 million Internet accounts hacked
- Man arrested in Paul Walker wreckage theft
- OTRC: Keri Russell, husband Shane Deary separate