NBC is the only newscast to continue to report from Haiti. During the month of February, the three network newscasts filed a total of 19 follow-up stories (NBC 10 v CBS 6, NBC 3) on January's quake. The arrest of the Baptist missionaries from Idaho on suspicion of child trafficking turned out to be a bigger story in February than the actual recovery (36 min v 28) from the earthquake.
NBC's Ian Williams is assigned to keep his network's presence alive in Port-au-Prince. Last week Williams warned about the looming rainy season with tens of thousands of homeless people living outdoors in shantytowns with no sanitation: "Their flimsy shelters could be swept away by landslides." Now Williams brings us the affecting tale of a lost six-year-old girl called Sterling. She drew pictures of her destroyed neighborhood for a UNICEF counselor. Those visual clues led Sterling, the counselor and the NBC News camera crew to a cemetery…then an alleyway…a destroyed house…a homeless encampment…and eventually into the embrace of her searching father.
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