Anderson Cooper, who is currently in Haiti reporting for CNN, got himself caught in a situation where he felt compelled to save the life of a young boy whose life was endangered by a looting situation nearby. Here are a few graphic photos of Anderson bravely saving this young boy’s life and some deets from Cooper himself on what went down:
We were covering another story when we heard shots being fired. We ran toward the sound and found a store being looted. Two Haitian police officers were occasionally firing into the air to try to keep order, but that only worked for a few moments, then the looting would begin again. They were stealing boxes of candles. An American businessman named Tony who owns two stores nearby barricaded one street to keep looters away. He had armed the two Haitian police with automatic weapons, and they were assisting him, but they were not able to control anything beyond their barricade. It quickly became a free-for-all. Young men began fighting one another for the stolen items. A number of young men had knives, and planks of wood, screwdrivers and rocks. They were using their improvised weapons to threaten and injure others who had stolen items from the store. The robbers were now being robbed. One group of looters whipped another man with a leather belt. They punched him as well, and they stole the sack of goods he’d just stolen. I was in the midst of the melee with Charlie Moore, my producer, Neil Hallsworth my cameraman, Vlad Duthiers, my translator, and there was a still photographer from Getty Images with us, photojournalist Jonathan Torgovnik. As things got really out of control, I saw a looter on the roof of the store they’d broken into throw what I think was part of a concrete block into the crowd. It hit a small boy in the head. I saw him collapse. More chunks of concrete were being thrown at the looters on the roof. The injured boy couldn’t get up. He’d try and then collapse again. Blood was pouring from his head. He was conscious but had no control over his body. I was afraid someone on the roof would see him lying there and throw another cinder block piece onto him. I was afraid he’d get killed. No one seemed to be helping him. I ran to where he was struggling, and picked him up off the ground. I brought him to a spot about a hundred feet away. I could feel his warm blood on my arms. I stood him up, but he was clearly unable to walk. He wiped his bloody face, and I tried to reassure him. He had no idea where he was, and he clearly couldn’t walk, so I picked him up again and handed him over to someone behind that makeshift barricade. Tony, the American businessman, gave the boy a wet towel. He was then taken away by someone else. We don’t know what happened to him. I hope he’s ok.
Wow. I have no words. These photos are the least of the graphic images that have been posted by CNN HERE. If you are interested, there is video of this incident which contains some very graphic imagery as well. Check it out after the jump — but be warned, as I said, it’s kinda tough to watch …
What a terrible scene. I cannot even begin to imagine what it must be like for the survivors of Haiti to live like this. I, too, hope this young boy is OK. It looks like he lost a lot of blood. Thank goodness Anderson Cooper was there to help, even if his influence prolly didn’t change much, he most definitely made an impact (hopefully a good one) on this young man’s life. Wow.
[Photo credit: Jonathan Torgovnik/Getty; Source]