Blog posts offer peek at Haiti's chaos

Published: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 12:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 12:22 p.m.

Sarah Kiewel is a staff photographer in the University of Florida's Health Science Center Communications office. She has also organized several mission trips to Haiti, documenting what she saw on the Web site

Kiewel hopes to return to Haiti with her camera gear to document the destruction and relief efforts after Tuesday's earthquake.

Kiewel, who has many contacts in Haiti, reports that outside the capital of Port-au-Prince it is still possible to reach people by phone. Within the city, it's not.

She's collecting information as she can from blog postings. A young missionary couple, Troy and Tara Livesay, are reporting at They live close to the airport, which has been closed.

Tara Livesay posted early Wednesday morning, saying, "There is no way to even begin to share the things we’ve heard and seen since 5 p.m. yesterday."

Troy Livesay left the house at 1:30 a.m. to locate medical people and supplies in order to set up a clinic in the street and help the many injured. Aftershocks continue today.

The Livesays have heard that the four-story Caribbean Market building, open at the time of the quake, is completely demolished. The National Palace collapsed along with nearby government buildings. Countless other houses, churches, hospitals, schools, and businesses have collapsed, they report. Buildings with little visible damage stand next door to a pile of rubble.

"Thousands of people are currently trapped. To guess at a number would be like guessing at raindrops in the ocean," Tara Livesay writes.

For those pulled from the rubble, there is little medical help to offer. The hospital has collapsed.

"I cannot imagine what the next few weeks and months will be like. I am afraid for everyone," Livesay posts. "Never in my life have I seen people stronger than Haitian people. But I am afraid for them. And for us."

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