Did choose these two examples of raw video footage from Haiti because there is no voice over, no music, no appeal… just an eye witness with a camera that registers. This kind of untouched documents are rare. Everybody is mimicking at the moment the disaster relief propaganda style appeals with heart breaking music, voice-overs, mixing often the same images, the same footage.
How to help en who to help is still a big question for us outsiders, but one need not to be in a hurry…. there is always the long dreadful aftermath with its many needs and support structures that will be more clearly defined and adapted to individual financial help. I am in a process to try and find out which organizations have a long and positive record of activity in Haiti (the Dutch NGO database of CIDIN/University of Nijmegen may be a source). More structural structures are needed for individual disaster support and the means to do so are there with the internet tools we have now. The disaster industry is needed of course, big scale operations first, however questionable the mechanism may be. There should be also a second line of help that allows for small initiatives, grass root support.
Now just the two high resolution video examples the only ones in a set of 80 videos at the Vimeo web site that let us into the harsh reality without a filter.
The Reformed Church in America’s General Synod President, James Seawood, and an RCA delegation were in Port-au-Prince when the earthquake struck. This is footage taken by Rev. Seawood in the moments just after …. by clicking the full screen icon at the right in the bottom bar of the video you can see the high resolution full screen version…
The above video has been taken by James Seawood of The Reformed Church in America’s General Synod, he and a RCA delegation were in Port-au-Prince when the earthquake struck. The footage shows a 9 minute uninterrupted (non-montaged) video take while mr. Seawood and his company walk down from a somehow untouched area with buildings still standing into what looks from afar as a cloud of dust…. The crowd in the street shows a mixed behavior from very contained to horrified outbursts.
This video is taken in the south of Haiti by a staff member of the Global Orphan Project…
and has the following caption: “1/12/2010 Haiti was hit by a massive 7.3 magnitude earthquake, here is some footage from one of our field partners on the ground in the south of Haiti.”