'Not From Here,' stories by Nathan Deuel

The best Haiti reporting yet

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI - JANUARY 13:  A man hol...

On the streets in Port-au-Prince. (Image by Getty Images via Daylife)

As I wrote earlier this week, beware the first reports from a disaster scene. Often it’s in these hectic first days that some of the wildly inaccurate work gets slammed down. We’re at day six now. And Jon Lee Anderson just arrived.

For those who don’t know his work, Anderson is one of The New Yorker‘s most impressive staff writers. All his stories are must reads: His reporting from Afghanistan and Iraq was surprising, tender, and never typical and a recent piece from Brazil just as the Olympics were announced there was almost enough of a national black eye to start some kind of riot. And Che, the definitive biography Anderson spent ten years writing, is a masterpiece.

Some time in the last hours Anderson passed through the unmanned gates of the DR/Haiti border and is sending text messages to his editor Amy Davidson.

Check out the whole dispatch. No surprise: He’s already coined one of what will likely be the most succinct distillations of the situation: “Haiti has been out of sight and of of mind for far too long; it is like a Lower Ninth Ward of almost 10 million people.”

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4 Responses

  1. brotherray says:

    can you post a link to anderson’s article about brazil? i tried the new yorker and the observer but couldn’t access it in either case (new yorker requires a subscription and the observer’s copyright has expired). keep up the good work and try not to get beheaded!

  2. stevemdfp says:

    Your “dispatch” link doesn’t seem to work at the moment. I believe it should be:
    http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/closeread/2010/01/in-the-streets-of-haiti-jon-lee-anderson.html

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