More first-person reports from Haiti

Jonathan’s reportedly now back in the States for a bit*, but we did get more of his first-person before he left the island. Above, via Vivi, Katz shows the wrecked AP house. Elsewhere, he talked to On the Media.

Related, Katz’s dad spoke to DailyFinance, and fellow Daily alum Sam Eifling, who visited Katz last year, wrote about the Haiti reporting in the CJR: “For once, it seems that journalists are bristling on behalf of Haiti, a place usually painted by wariness and fear and resigned pity. Haitians themselves may be getting something like good press, no small development for the most maligned people in the hemisphere.”

*If you’re not aware of the way things work or you’re inclined to hate news media, no, the AP hasn’t stopped on Haiti. It’s standard to rotate reporters through super-intense, 24/7 news situations, as you would teams of rescue workers, for their care and ability to go long-term.

Update: Was about to publish when I learned friend Sameer had been in Haiti after the quake. Here are two good photos copied from Fb, and the Muslim Media Network has a post about his team’s work there.

The Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA) said today that it has helped convert the “Bojeux Parc” amusement park in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to a health care facility. The facility is being operated through a partnership between IMANA, Comprehensive Disaster Response Services (CDRS) and AIMER Haiti volunteers.

“On day one, an air hockey table doubled as a procedure table. Now, with our partners, we are providing services from pediatricians, obstetricians, emergency doctors, and surgeons to at least 100 patients a day. We are hoping to arrange equipment that would allow our surgeons to go from performing simple procedures to running a full mobile operating room,” said Dr. Sameer Gafoor, a volunteer physician in Port-au-Prince. Gafoor is a cardiologist at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled blizzard…

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