On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti. Its shocking aftermath, the scale of which is only now coming to light, once again demonstrates the need for timely, accurate information to strengthen aid, response and recovery after a disaster.
This curated list, that I will continue to updated regularly, now features a comprehensive collection of links to vital satellite imagery sources from Google and elsewhere, on the ground local information sources in French, a collection of videos showing the devastation and links to a number of other vital news & information aggregation portals.
Please click here to access the resources.
In November 2009, I was invited to participate in a field mission to Haiti by Dr. Soon-Hong Choi, UN CITO/ASG, through the ICT4Peace Foundation. The mission was organized by Mr. Rudy Sanchez, Director, Information and Communications Technology Division, DPKO. In Port au Prince, Gonaives and Les Cayes, we met with a number of dedicated local and international UN staff associated with MINUSTAH, including UN Peacekeepers. I can’t help but be really saddened that most of those we met are missing and unaccounted for.
They were good people.