Haiti Update From NPR Photographers

The struggle to provide relief continues in Haiti, and NPR's photographers have documented the latest efforts. David Gilkey has captured the lack of security in downtown Port-au-Prince, which military forces are attempting to stabilize:

  • Soldiers with the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division walk in downtown Port-au-Prince to establish secured areas throughout the city.
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    Soldiers with the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division walk in downtown Port-au-Prince to establish secured areas throughout the city.
    All photos by David Gilkey/NPR
  • U.S. soldiers guard the entrance to the national hospital.
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    U.S. soldiers guard the entrance to the national hospital.
  • Security guards walk on the lawn in front of the destroyed National Palace Tuesday in Port-au-Prince.
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    Security guards walk on the lawn in front of the destroyed National Palace Tuesday in Port-au-Prince.
  • Haitian men carry a coffin on Monday in downtown Port-au-Prince.
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    Haitian men carry a coffin on Monday in downtown Port-au-Prince.
    All photos by David Gilkey/NPR
  • A hearse drives past a sign pleading for help near downtown Port-au-Prince.
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    A hearse drives past a sign pleading for help near downtown Port-au-Prince.
  • A man walks past a burning church Monday in downtown Port-au-Prince.
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    A man walks past a burning church Monday in downtown Port-au-Prince.
  • A man carries cloth from a shack behind a burning building in the commercial district of Port-au-Prince on Monday.
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    A man carries cloth from a shack behind a burning building in the commercial district of Port-au-Prince on Monday.
  • A man carrying a shotgun walks through a burning, collapsed building while trying to keep looters at bay.
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    A man carrying a shotgun walks through a burning, collapsed building while trying to keep looters at bay.
  • A Haitian policeman looks for looters approaching the commercial district of downtown Port-au-Prince.
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    A Haitian policeman looks for looters approaching the commercial district of downtown Port-au-Prince.
  • Haitians scatter as police fire shots in an attempt to disperse looters Monday in the commercial district of downtown Port-au-Prince.
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    Haitians scatter as police fire shots in an attempt to disperse looters Monday in the commercial district of downtown Port-au-Prince.
  • A Haitian man tries to hammer a hole through the roof of a collapsed home to reach trapped bodies Monday in Port-au-Prince.
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    A Haitian man tries to hammer a hole through the roof of a collapsed home to reach trapped bodies Monday in Port-au-Prince.
  • Haitians prepare to spend another night on the streets Monday near Port-au-Prince. Hundreds of thousands of Haitians are homeless and living on the streets.
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    Haitians prepare to spend another night on the streets Monday near Port-au-Prince. Hundreds of thousands of Haitians are homeless and living on the streets.

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On the upside, medical forces continue to trickle in. But with thousands of people to treat, they have a rough road ahead. John Poole was there to capture Massachusetts 1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team, the first U.S. medical base to be established in Haiti.

  • The first U.S. medical base to be established in Haiti was opened on Monday by the Massachusetts 1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team. Here, team leader Patrick Kadilak prepares to lead personnel from the airport to downtown Port-au-Prince.
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    The first U.S. medical base to be established in Haiti was opened on Monday by the Massachusetts 1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team. Here, team leader Patrick Kadilak prepares to lead personnel from the airport to downtown Port-au-Prince.
    All photos by John W. Poole/NPR
  • Logistics specialists load pallets for the U.S. IMSuRT (International Medical Surgical Response Team) at the airport in Port-au-Prince to send downtown to the medical clinic.
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    Logistics specialists load pallets for the U.S. IMSuRT (International Medical Surgical Response Team) at the airport in Port-au-Prince to send downtown to the medical clinic.
  • Registered nurse Kristen Wilson helps load cases of water onto the transport vehicle.
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    Registered nurse Kristen Wilson helps load cases of water onto the transport vehicle.
  • The IMSuRT team gets ready to head downtown. The medical clinic is set up in a schoolyard next to a soccer field where hundreds of Haitians are camped out.
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    The IMSuRT team gets ready to head downtown. The medical clinic is set up in a schoolyard next to a soccer field where hundreds of Haitians are camped out.
  • The IMSuRT convoy of four trucks arrives in downtown Port-au-Prince.
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    The IMSuRT convoy of four trucks arrives in downtown Port-au-Prince.
  • Members of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division provide security for the clinic around the clock.
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    Members of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division provide security for the clinic around the clock.
  • A patient sleeps in one of the medical tents. Thousands of people are waiting outside the clinic for medical and surgical treatment.
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    A patient sleeps in one of the medical tents. Thousands of people are waiting outside the clinic for medical and surgical treatment.
  • A young girl receives water and care at the clinic.
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    A young girl receives water and care at the clinic.
  • Dr. Thea James of the Massachusetts 1 DMAT examines X-rays of a patient with two broken legs and an injured pelvis. Many patients have broken bones that have not been repaired for over a week, complicating the work of the doctors.
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    Dr. Thea James of the Massachusetts 1 DMAT examines X-rays of a patient with two broken legs and an injured pelvis. Many patients have broken bones that have not been repaired for over a week, complicating the work of the doctors.

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