February 9, 2010
We Are The World 25 For Haiti (video)
Just as it sounds. The artists sing in the studio in black and white spliced together with color footage of the devastation, including injured adults and children, rescues and a newborn just after delivery.
Warning: The footage includes adults and children in severe pain and shock due to acute traumatic injuries. Full sound of children in pain crying out for their mothers. There are a couple of graphic shots with bleeding wounds (and one impalement) and throughout are the empty, unblinking stares of men, women and children.
How old do you think these eyes are?
They belong to a 3-4 year-old.
The woman seen trapped above (4:15) is Ginette Saintfort. She is reacting to finally being found after 6 days of darkness. Her husband, Roger, stood at the sight of the bank where she worked, convinced she was still alive. In between bulldozer sweeps, he ran around calling for her. When he finally heard her, he started digging with his hands and another man attempted to cut through the rebar with a hand saw. The LA search and rescue team happened by and extricated Ginette – she was trapped by her fingers – which were fractured. It took three hours of delicate work to free her and once she was free, she began to sing. Not long after she walked to a van sat upfront and then smiled and waved as her husband drove her away.
The video of Ginette’s rescue is here.