W5 Special Follows Craig Kielburger and Mia Farrow’s Return to Haiti One Year After Earthquake

In a special New Year’s Day report for CTV’s W5, Craig Kielburger returns to Haiti nearly a year after the devastating earthquake ravaged the island, killing almost a quarter of a million people. Reported by Kielburger, the Canadian activist and founder of Free The Children, is joined by Hollywood film star and fellow children’s activist, Mia Farrow. W5’s documentary follows them as they navigate the dangerous streets of Port Au Prince, amid violent protests, as they visit hospitals, orphanages and open a new school that will give 700 students – mostly orphans – a chance at a new start. In W5’s first story of 2011, Canada’s #1 documentary series takes viewers to the heart of Haiti’s capital. Already vulnerable and struggling to rebuild after one of the worst natural disasters in history, the country is now in the midst of political turmoil, with violent demonstrations following the disputed Presidential election results. “Haiti’s Agony” premieres on Saturday, Jan. 1 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV.  

W5 repeats Sunday, Jan. 2 at 12 noon on CTV and at 1 p.m. ET on CP24, and Monday, Jan. 3 at 8 p.m. ET on Investigation Discovery, and then on demand on the CTV News Video Player at CTV.ca (visit CTV.ca for local listings).

Haiti dominated the world’s headlines last year, when the country – the poorest in the Western hemisphere, with a reported 300,000 orphans – was hit by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. In this special W5 report, Kielburger and Farrow, navigate the rubble, burned out streets, and tent cities. Everywhere they look, it appears that the international aid agencies and foreign donors have somehow failed the people of Haiti and despite billions of dollars promised to help the people of Haiti, little appears to be getting to those in desperate need. 

Taking viewers where few news organizations dare to go, W5 shows viewers a country where not just the buildings lie broken and rebuilding has yet to begin, even after a year, but to a place where the government and the political process also seems shattered. Kielburger and Farrow arrive in Haiti just two weeks after the country voted in an election now widely criticized as a sham. Allegations of corruption, vote-buying and ballot stuffing fuel violent protests, bringing the infrastructure of the country to a standstill. In the midst of political turmoil, another deadly disaster looms, as a cholera epidemic further ravages the badly damaged country. Yet, somehow Kielburger and Farrow also find inspiration at schools and orphanages that help Haiti’s most vulnerable.

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