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Digging, Searching And Waiting In Haiti

NPR photographers David Gilkey and John Poole will be headed home from Haiti this weekend. Gilkey's most recent dispatch shows Haitians sifting through what remains of downtown Port-au-Prince — and waiting in displacement camps for aid. Thousands have fled the city; the government plans to move thousands more from the devastated capital to camps in outlying areas. As the city sits in ruins, there's not much more to do but wait.

  • A Haitian boy walks through a maze of makeshift shelters in a camp for earthquake survivors near the Port-au-Prince airport Friday, Jan. 22, 2010.
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    A Haitian boy walks through a maze of makeshift shelters in a camp for earthquake survivors near the Port-au-Prince airport Friday, Jan. 22, 2010.
    Photos by David Gilkey/NPR
  • Haitians walk the streets in the commercial district of downtown Port-au-Prince. Business owners are returning to see what's left of their stores and remove any remaining goods.
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    Haitians walk the streets in the commercial district of downtown Port-au-Prince. Business owners are returning to see what's left of their stores and remove any remaining goods.
  • Haitian men sing, smoke and share a drink in a camp of displaced people.
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    Haitian men sing, smoke and share a drink in a camp of displaced people.
  • The amount of looting has been significantly reduced under police control.
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    The amount of looting has been significantly reduced under police control.
  • The Haitian government plans to move 400,000 survivors from the shattered capital to camps in outlying areas to prevent the spread of disease.
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    The Haitian government plans to move 400,000 survivors from the shattered capital to camps in outlying areas to prevent the spread of disease.
  • A Haitian girl carries a jug of clean water through a village of tents.
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    A Haitian girl carries a jug of clean water through a village of tents.
  • A Haitian boy wanders through the camp.
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    A Haitian boy wanders through the camp.
  • Haitian boys stand idly in a displacement camp. As many as 200,000 people have fled Port-au-Prince, USAID reports.
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    Haitian boys stand idly in a displacement camp. As many as 200,000 people have fled Port-au-Prince, USAID reports.
  • Hope of finding more people alive is starting to fade 11 days after much of the capital was reduced to rubble.
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    Hope of finding more people alive is starting to fade 11 days after much of the capital was reduced to rubble.
  • Aid experts who have worked in the country say that relief money could be wasted if it isn't used to fix deep-seated problems that have reinforced poverty and even exacerbated the effects of last week's earthquake.
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    Aid experts who have worked in the country say that relief money could be wasted if it isn't used to fix deep-seated problems that have reinforced poverty and even exacerbated the effects of last week's earthquake.

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