<<< A snapshot of a city in Haiti. This can possibly be a snapshot of Nassau, 20 years from now. Like human carnage, garbage can be seen everywhere.
Nassau, Bahamas: When we saw this on cable channel 13 last night all we can say was WOW! Our eyes were opened! Now we know why all these bushy areas of Nassau are being cleared and coals collected. Haitian squatters are burning the forestry areas of New Providence to send coal back home to Haiti. No wonder why when you wake up early in the morning the smell is smoke, especially in the southwestern area of the island is soo strong.
Why is the Bahamas allowing its environment to be destroyed in this manner?
Haiti is a tiny island country in the Caribbean and the poorest in the Western hemisphere with 49 percent of its people living in absolute poverty.
Worldfocus special correspondent Benno Schmidt and producer Ara Ayer visited there recently and report that in their struggle to survive, Haitians are destroying the very elements of their environment that sustain them.
Months after the storms have passed, some Haitians are trying to dig their homes out of 10 to 15 feet of mud. The video Hurricane mudslides bury Haitian towns explores how long-gone storms continue to interfere with day-to-day life.