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larry, who's breaking -- whose agenda and what are the sources? >> larry: next week celine dion is here monday. bill maher on tuesday. judge judy on wednesday. priscilla presley on thursday. right now it's time to go back to port-au-prince, anderson cooper and "a.c. 360." anderson? good evening. we're live in port-au-prince. it has been a day of mourning and of celebrating as well. celebrating life. a remarkable day in which this blood-soaked city seemed to stop and raise its hands to the heavens. we're going to show you what it was like on this the one-month anniversary of the earthquake. we begin with breaking news. extraordinary news about the ten american missionaries that may -- startling news that may blow against -- blow the case against them or at least the hopes some of them might get out soon. karl penhaul is working the local end of this breaking story. karl, what have we learned?
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>> the man on the left put together the defense team. his name is jorge puello. the man on the right is jorge torres. he's wanted on charges in charges of trafficking. the salvadorian police think it's the same man. police in el salvador issued an international arrest warrant for the man. charges of trafficking young prostitutes between the dominican republic and central america. >> that man is accused of trafficking. the photos you got from the salvadoran police, talk us through them. >> this is the man they know is jorge torres. the photos taken from an i.d. card. police say they arrested his wife in may. in the same operation they found his i.d. card. his wife is in jail on the same charges. of trafficking young
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prostitutes. also in that raid they found this photo on a salvadoran passport. this is the man i met monday who showed up at court in haiti surrounded by a group of bodyguards. he introduced himself at jorge puello, came to organize a team of attorneys. for the americans. we have three photos, three names, all of whom appear to be the same man. >> do the salvador police say this is the same man they're looking for? >> the police have said these photos all look like the same man but say they won't be able to be sure until they can compare fingerprints. for the time being the international arrest warrant has been issued in the name of jorge torres. >> obviously this would be a blow to the americans currently in custody if their representative was in fact wanted for trafficking. i know you talked to this guy several times this week. what does he say about all this? >> first of all he offered an interview with a member of the cnn team in the dominican republic earlier in the day and after that he never picked up his telephone. i phoned him tonight.
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he wasn't picking up. i talked to his secretary and he issued no comments. he apparently told "the new york times" earlier this we he had no times" earlier this week he had no passport and had never been to el salvador. >> did he know any of the american missionaries before he started representing them? >> we don't know that from here in haiti. i suspect at least part of the answer may be there in idaho. >> dan simon i think is standing by in idaho. dan, what are you hearing? you're in boise. you've been talking to family members of detained americans and church members of puello. how did this guy get hired? how concerned are the families? >> reporter: anderson, first of all the only thing family members have offered thus far for jorge puello is praise. this is a guy they trusted implicitly and somebody they thought was acting in good faith on their behalf. let me explain how jorge gets hired. he makes what's essentially been described as a cold call to the
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church offering legal services for free. that call then gets routed to a guy named sean lankford. his wife and daughter both detained in haiti. i spoke with sean lankford today. he confirms he did hire jorge puello on behalf of the families and he said he's glad that he did and he said he's somebody who, quote, wanted to help the children. as for the allegations very surprised. nonetheless he says the church would work on drafting some kind of statement, a statement we haven't received as of tonight. anderson? >> i mean, this is obviously -- if it does turn out to be true that this man -- it's very confusing, dan, with all these names. this man in the dominican republic that's been representing these families, american missionaries in custody in haiti, there are accusations he is one of the same person as a man wanted for trafficking young girls into el salvador of all places. it sort of boggles the mind.
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there's a lot of skepticism on the part of the families. i mean, they find this hard to believe, yes? >> reporter: well, absolutely. i spoke to another family member tonight. a guy named eric thompson. his wife, karla thompson, is there in haiti. she's the one who got a leg infection this week off of mosquitos. as for jorge puello is concerned, again, a guy he completely trusted, almost dismissive of these allegations in a way because in his mind they did not seem to ring true. again, very skeptical and he says that really jorge puello is somebody offering him and the families some compassion in really their darkest hour. >> do we know, karl, much -- jorge puello, the man representing the ten american missionaries and again, we don't know for a fact he is the same man wanted by authorities in el salvador. their pictures look similar.
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until salvadoran authorities get fingerprints they can't say for sure. do we know his background at all? >> we don't know that. that's something we're trying to check. we're trying to check on the bar register. even if he's not registered on that he could still practice as a lawyer. on his identification information, which is registered in dominican republic with the electoral office, he only appears there as a businessman. that's pretty broad scope. he could still be a lawyer. >> he says he's never been to el salvador. >> he says according to "the new york times" he's never been to el salvador. he said he never got a passport. that begs the question how did he get into haiti from the dominican republic? >> there had been this talk about some missionaries released this week, maybe some more next week, though maybe not all of them. has that talk subsided now? is the judge here focusing on this story?
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>> we don't know that for a fact. we do know that the judges is aware now of these allegations against somebody who certainly looks identical to jorge puello. we know the attorney general's office is looking at this information as well. we had information the first ruling that they may give on the bail application for the ten americans wouldn't be until monday. essentially they have two more days for this information to soak in. >> seems like the legal system and everything is really murky down here. i mean, it's very easy to kind of get lost in who's really in charge and who does what. i mean, it seems like no one really knows who anybody really is. >> i think as well. this case is developing. in some cases it seems that the media have found out quicker than the investigators. we know the judge is the one that will make a final ruling possibly as early as monday on the bail application. now he has to filter in this extra information. we'll see what he does. >> okay. karl penhaul, appreciate it very much. we're going to take a look, up next, at the memorial gathering that really took our breath away. you're going to see what we saw. the strength of the people here in the face of so much.
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in an event like this in the united states there would be hundreds if not thousands of police officers to keep control. there are hardly any police in sight here, but it doesn't look like they're needed. the crowd is happy to be here. they're here to -- it's a day of mourning, but they're celebrating their life as well. later, an update on the little boy whose smile can light up port-au-prince. monley elize and how he is doing now. there's nothing quite like it. carefree® ultra protection™. feels like a liner, protects like a pad™. every time you take advil liqui-gels you're taking the pain reliever that works faster on tough pain than tylenol rapid release gels. and not only faster. stronger, too. relief doesn't get any better than this. advil. yellow one! ♪ blue one! red one! ♪ white one!
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we have breaking news tonight. nato has a major offensive in southern afghanistan. we're hearing about an intense fire fight under way. 3,000 u.s. marines are taking part in the operation aimed at marja where taliban fighters control and have controlled for quite some time. atia abawi joins me now. what are you seeing and hearing? >> reporter: anderson, we are
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hearing gunfire. we have -- the enemy is in the city of marja at the moment. they are fighting. the marines, the first italian six marines, the battle in marja. the first u.s. marine boots on the ground with afghan soldiers. it started 5 1/2 hours ago in the dark hours of night. the sun is out and so is the taliban. they are fighting back and expect a long fight to come. >> atia, that had been the big question, whether the taliban would stand and fight or dissolve and come back to fight guerilla style for months. for months the taliban has been in marja. a no-go area for marines. they're assaulting it head on. does it seem like the taliban is, in fact, staying to fight? >> reporter: absolutely. absolutely. the last taliban strong hold in helmand province. in the last whenever the u.s. marines, along with nato forces come into an area they tend to flee and come back. this time it seems like they're here to stay.
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they're here to fight. we're already hearing the gunfire. we're already seeing the engagement. we're hearing it across the city of marja with a different company of marines that are also engaging the enemy. so it's only -- we're waiting to see how much they will engage u.s. marines and the afghan troops. obviously this is an important battle for both sides at the moment. the largest nato operation since the war began in 2001. >> all right. atia abawi, stay safe. here in haiti moments today we will never forget. a sea of survivors making a joyful noise. as you'll see, it transformed. day of remembrance. day of mourning a month after the quake. celebration of spirit and strength. in a park by the ruins of the presidential palace the city stops to mourn its dead. >> hallelujah! >> long live the blood of jesus, they cry. their faith is strong in spite
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of it all. on a distant podium preachers and pop singers take their turn at the mike. the crowd can barely see them, but that's not the point. trying to make our way through the crowd to get to the stage, but it's virtually impossible. the crowds are packed so tight here. really never seen anything like it. the truth is it's not that important to get to the stage because this isn't about dignitaries. not about those who are speaking. it's really an event for the people of haiti, themselves. clutching bibles and babies, they stay for hours in the heat, many have no homes to return to. in a crowd this size in the united states you'd probably have hundreds of police officers trying to maintain order. here there are no police officers visible. at least i haven't seen any. they're not needed. it's a national day of mourning. this is a prayer service. at the same time it's a celebration. a celebration of life. and everyone here is thanking god that they're alive. ♪ hallelujah
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>> there are songs and smiles, somber, silent prayers as well. clutching photos of loved ones and the lost. it's rare to hear such silence in this city. margalita lives in new york but arrived in haiti one day before the earthquake. why did you want to be here today? >> today the meaning of this gathering, it's like a journey of deliverance. we're looking for deliverance after what happened on the 12th, everybody is searching for some kind of comfort. and getting together means a lot to the haitian people right now. as you can see, i don't think this has ever happened before. a gathering like this. so many people. a lot of people here didn't expect to live to see this day. you understand?
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so the fact that we're all here like this means a lot. >> this is the month anniversary. i think a lot of people watching this maybe in america think this is something that happened a month ago. in truth this is still happening every single day. >> still happening. every day you feel a little shake. every day -- there are people that still haven't recovered family members, children, fathers, mothers. it's happening -- it's an everyday thing for people. >> the disaster continues every single day. >> it does. it does. >> the disaster does continue. the dead are still mourned. ♪ and the struggle to live goes on. ♪ it was an incredible day. i wish you were here for it. when we come back, inside general hospital.
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what has changed since our first, frankly, horrifying visit one month ago. still devastating for the volunteer doctors and nurses. >> to actually know what's going on they have to be here to experience it. because i know when it first happened, i was glued to cnn. that was my lifeline. i was hooked to it. until i came here and saw the reality of what's there. you have to really come here to feel it. >> later how those pulled from the rubble are doing today. you're going to see her reunion with the doctor who saved her life. our dr. sanjay gupta. compare a well equipped lexus es,
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it's the one-month anniversary of the earthquake. a question i get asked a lot, is it better? of course, the answer is technically yes. it is better. things are better. but they're not good. they're not normal. they're not good by any stretch of the imagination. we've been spending a lot of time today going to places that we were a month ago or two weeks ago to see how it compares to the way it is now. in a moment we're going to introduce you to kids we met, see kids we saw pulled out of the rubble in the first couple days after the earthquake. we're going to give you an update of how they are doing. we wanted to take you back to general hospital which is a play dr. sanjay gupta visited an awful lot and also we went to immediately after the earthquake to take a look at how it was then and how it is now. take a look. the last time we were in general
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hospital about a week after the earthquake, supplies were low. and frustration high. >> i've had enough. okay? i've had enough. >> maw ma. >> reporter: in the pediatric tent a girl constantly screamed in pain. haitian and american doctors and nurses were doing the best they could. >> i don't have some place to wash my hands. i have one bottle of hand sanitizer. we can't do anything under sterile technique. it's impossible not to have horrible infections. >> reporter: now one month since the earthquake general hospital is calmer. for the volunteer doctors and nurses it is still overwhelming. >> this lady got raped and there's nothing in place to help her. there's no resources and nowhere to go. she's dealing with it alone. she cannot go home. she cannot tell her husband. she has to put on a good face when she goes home. that is very heartbreaking. >> do you think people really understand what's happening? >> to actually know what's going on they have to be here to
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experience it. because i know when it first happened i was glued to cnn. it was like my lifeline. i was hooked to it until i came here and saw the reality of what's there. i think you have to really come here to feel it. >> reporter: dr. lubin is an ob-gyn from new york. she's been here a week and leaves tomorrow. what has it been like for you? >> well, initially we were so excited to be here just kind of like really gung-ho because we were able to come down here and give a hand. over the course of a last couple days it's just gotten harder and harder because reality sets in. >> in what way? >> the sense of just the sheer devastation, the sheer amount of things r that just can't be done here because we don't have the supplies, we don't have the facilities up and running really the way they should be. >> even now? >> even now. a month later today. >> reporter: newborn babies are watched by their mothers or fathers. family here is essential for good care.
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>> after you deliver a baby your family has to come and bring a little towel to actually wipe down the baby. something we take advantage so much in new york, you know, like just in the states we are so fortunate that there's nurses and techs and someone who's always there to kind of, like, help with the ancillary stuff. there's nothing like that here. >> reporter: in the post partem tent, mothers who delivered this morning are allowed a few hours' rest before being sent out into the streets. that has to be a strange feeling. in the states you know you're sending somebody to a home. here you don't know where you're sending them. >> it's impossible sometimes to think about it. how can we make this a better life for them? how? >> that's what you ask yourself every day? >> every single day i'm here. how can i make a better life for people living here? >> reporter: that is the question. that is the challenge. it's been one month since the earthquake and there's still no clear answers. >> no clear answers to that question. so many of the system's shortcomings were in haiti long
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before the disaster. the answer right now seems to be for everyone to do what they can and do the best they can. dr. sanjay gupta certainly has. he is visiting some of his patients, patients we've all gotten to know. take a look. >> reporter: january 18th we got a call. come quickly. a 12-year-old girl broken by the rubble. cement embedded in her brain. the u.s. military asked me to help. that was the last time i saw kimberly. until today. we received word that kimberly is alive, doing well, and, in fact, ready to go home. it was time for a follow-up visit. a house call. we expected her father to come here, meet us for this reunion, but we're told he didn't have enough money to get transportation to come down to this port. so instead the rescue worker who helped rescue kimberly is going to come and collect her and take her back to her father. kimberly was healed. it was so good to see that
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smile. aboard the world class "uss comfort." just a typical 12-year-old. showing off all the new toys she's received. one thing that's sort of surprising is kimberly really didn't know up until just now she was on a ship. it's such a big place she actually thought she had been transferred to the united states. she's actually about to see the water outside for the first time and recognize where she's been for the last several weeks. kimberly knows just moments from now she'll be reunited with her father. truth is, i wish i could end the story right here, but that would be unfair to kimberly. and thousands more like her. this is part of what happens here in haiti. you know, kimberly obviously is doing well medically, but now this is really about the rest of her life. and what's going to happen to her. how she recovers from all this. they used to have a home. now they don't. used to have a job, now he doesn't.
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what you're looking at is their new home. her recovery room. confusion sets in. her eyes shift with the tragic realization. you see, because she's been in the hospital the last month she doesn't even remember the quake. the quake that she now learns took away her home, her sister, her mother. her dad also confused. he asks me what to do next. no medications were sent with kimberly and the instructions, they're in english. which he can't read. it says you need certain medications. are you going to be able to get these medications? without money, he says there's no way. in this case we point him to the direction of a free clinic. what about all these other people? this was a remarkable day for kimberly. full of moments like this. but the image i'm left with is this one -- a young girl with a
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brain operation, struggling to recover in a place, in a country so devastated. >> i mean, it's so incredible when you think -- we all think, as you said, that the story ends there. it's a happy reunion and in the movies that's where the story ends, but, you know, this is real life. haiti is not the movies, and things don't have happy endings. at general hospital today we saw all these people who would get discharged right after giving birth and go back to a tent. >> i know. that's the hard part. you know, you do stories like this and part of you wants to say, okay, things are getting better and they are, to some extent. but there is so much more. kimberly, for me as i was following her story along, was emblematic of that. she's going to do well medically from her operation, but she's living underneath that tent right now. people don't recover like that most places around the world. she can't pick up her antibiotics. so many other people can't get the very basic stuff after the operation.
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>> it's welcome to your new life, here's your tent and, oh, by the way, your sister has died and the life you knew is gone. >> she didn't -- that was something i didn't realize. because she was injured during the quake and immediately taken to a hospital, when we were driving her back, in the car with her, she was just looking around in total shock at what happened. i wish in some ways i had protected her a little bit against that. when she got there and looked at her own house she was completely shocked. >> i was reminded of this today. we met up with monley, the little boy we're going to show you in a few moments. you just realize these are kids. we've been here a month and -- you know, the last three weeks out of this month and we're kind of not used to this but used to talking about people who have lost everything. then you realize this is a little girl. these are little children, and it's -- the death has compounded tenfold. >> the last image, anderson, you
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saw in the piece there, sitting on the stool holding the plastic bag, that's everything she has in the world. she was just holding that bag because, i mean, i don't think she knew what else to do. >> it breaks your heart. >> it really does. >> you go through these tent cities. in each tent, open up any tent, you talk to people. there's one story after another like this. there's no real solution in sight in terms of, it's not like we're going to say a month from now there's going to be new homes for people. the consideration -- that's even who knows how long it's going to take and how that's even going to be possible. >> i don't know how this story ends. i want to come back. i know you do, too. >> we will continue covering this even if others aren't. coming up, what some are calling the miracle of monley. a young boy rescued from the quake. as you're going to see, again, not all miracles have happy endings. later, tragedy at the olympics. an athlete dies on the luge track, death just hours before the opening ceremony.
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we have more on breaking news tonight. new details on the man who's put together the legal team for the ten american missionaries accused of kidnapping 33 kids in haiti. the missionaries are still in jail here. take a look at these photos. the man on the left is the legal adviser. his name is jorge puello. the man on the right is a man named jorge torres. now, the salvadoran police say they think these are the same people. police in el salvador issued an international arrest warrant in the name of jorge torres. on charges of trafficking young women to be prostitutes in central america from the dominican republic. karl penhaul talked to the legal adviser's secretary. she said she had no comment. he told "the new york times" earlier this week he had no passport and had never been to
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el salvador. he says it's mistaken identity. we'll continue to follow it. it has not helped the case of the ten american missionaries in custody. let's get an update on the other important stories we're following. candy? >> hi, anderson. an olympic luger from the republic of georgia was killed today during a training run. the horrific accident captured on videotape just hours before the start of the winter games. we want to warn you, this is very hard video to watch. on the final corner of the course 21-year-old nodar kumaritashvili slammed into a metal pole at 90 miles per hour. doctors were unable to revive him. a female suspect in custody after a deadly shooting at the university of alabama in huntsville. three people were killed and three others wounded. the victims were faculty members and staff employee. no students were harmed. walter frederick morrison has died. his name may not ring a bell but
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the frisbee, his beloved invention, is famous worldwide. wham-o signed a contract with morrison in 1957 and sold more than 200 million of the flying disks. fred morrison died in utah this week. he was 90. this was especially sad news, anderson, for the ultimate frisbee fanatic on the staff, kyra, seen here with her own flying disk. anderson? >> funny, the orphanage i was at yesterday i watched a bunch of kids also playing with frisbee. his invention has changed the world. >> it really has. added a lot of fun to it. >> yeah. that is true. still ahead a little boy who was pulled from the rubble. his name is monley. i hope you remember him. we've been following his story for weeks now. we have a new update on monley and other quake survivors you may remember. gecko: good driver discounts. now that's the stuff...?
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want to give you an update on remarkable survivors we've met over this last month. i want to introduce you first to a child who became to a lot of people for a while the face of hope in haiti. his name is monley. here with his uncle. he was rescued from the rubble in port-au-prince, trapped for eight days according to his uncle. just 5 years old.
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when we saw him at general hospital he had just been brought in. he was emaciated. treated by the international medical corps. we were there in the hospital. we've been following his progress. a lot of people have been touched by him. today we went out to look for him. we tracked him down in a tent city. a makeshift tent encampment where he is living with his two brothers and uncle and uncle's kids. they are crammed into a small tent. the uncle says monley rarely speaks. he does ask about his parents. the uncle has not had the heart to tell monley his parents have died. he thinks his parents are just in the hospital. at this point he doesn't know they've died. there is an aunt who lives in miami who we believe -- who has said she was interested in trying to adopt all three of the kids. but it turned out she's not a citizen of the united states and that process may be very
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difficult. we're going to try to get in touch with an organization like unicef to see if they have suggestions as to what to do. the uncle saying he's had a hard time feeding monley and feeding his brothers, a lot of mouths to feed and he has no work at all. we want to bring you up to date on two other survival stories. 70 years old, rescued a week after the earthquake, pulled out by a mexican and south african search team. she was taken to a clinic next door and dropped off. the clinic said it couldn't take care of her. her femur was broken. they didn't have the equipment for surgery. she was rescued but her life was still in danger. they say she'd die if she wasn't treated. on the air we made an appeal if anyone could help get in touch with us, u.s. military said it could help. they sent a coast guard helicopter, chopper landed on the grounds of the presidential palace. they took anna to the "uss comfort." anna is in a rehab center. we're told she is in good shape. little boy also little boy with a broken leg. his name was johnny. we met him in the pediatric ward of general hospital. he didn't know his last name.
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we were told his parents were dead. he just sat there. he had surgery on his broken leg. he was airlifted to an orphanage on january 25th. they told us that 53 of the 130 kids there were received after the earthquake. johnny's one of three kids the orphanage is unable to find a family member for. he's gained weight. he's in good condition we're told. his personality has come out. he's described as a joy to be around. he starts school next week. right now there are no adoptions at this orphanage. dr. sanjay gupta has been looking into the case of people. you were looking into the case today of this man allegedly pulled out after 27 days in the rubble. >> we went to hospitals to get details. still a little confusing. wasn't even authenticated, the whole story. doctors really do believe him. i talked to several doctors who independently observed him.
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i asked them flat-out, when they boil this down, do you believe this? they said, yes, we do. one, it appeared he was in an area that had a lot of muddy water around him. it was not clean water but muddy water. he was not pinned and had a little movement and drank some of the water. we talked about this. he had told me he believed a man in a white coat was giving him water. now that seems like that was a hallucination which happens in situations like this, someone who's been deprived of basic necessities for some time. the other thing is he lost 60 pounds, anderson -- >> that's incredible. >> he weighs 80 pounds now. i saw him actually sitting up in a wheelchair today. his legs were visible. they are so thin. it is just remarkable. he weighed 140 pounds now weighs 80 pounds. >> incredible. does he have family that are visiting him? >> his mother and brother have been visiting him. they were able to identify in fact, it was him. although it was challenging because of how different he looked. as a result of the emaciation. his heels were laying on the ground so long he's developed third-degree burns on his heels,
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equivalent of, ulcers on his heels. he may in fact have to be transferred to a different hospital to get that treated. he asks for chocolate a lot. that's his food. they're giving him that. >> it is, we've talked about this before, it bears repeating. in movies the end of the story is they're pulled out of the rubble and in the united states they would get a book deal or movie of the week. here they're one more person in the crowd. >> i know. someone like him, he was making this point a little bit today, although he's a little bit confused. he was asking, what happens to me next? his mother was trying to placate him a little bit. they really don't have a place to go to. so this man, anderson, is sort of world known because he is probably going to be the longest known survivor for this haiti earthquake. i can tell you his home if we come back in a month is probably going to be, again, as we talked about with so many of the other survivors like kimberly, one of
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these tents. >> unbelievable. sanjay, thanks. if you want to help go to ac360.com for information how you can make a difference here on the ground in haiti. a lot of different ways to do it. coming up next in the program, who pilfered haiti's money? the lavish lifestyle. abbie boudreau is on the money trail again tonight. mom, can i have the fish? speaking of, what's on friday's menu?
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disaster at this scale. it's the poorest country in the western hemisphere. decades of dictatorship has stolen the future generations.
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when you talk about who wrecked haiti, there's a lot of people on this list. good place is to start with francois duvalier and his son known as baby doc. father and son dictators who ruled haiti for decades. baby doc and his wife stole hundreds of millions, maybe billions from haiti. where are they now? what did they spend that money on? abbie boudreau investigates. >> reporter: michele bennett was haiti's marie antoinette. according to british journalist peter allen -- >> she was the first lady for life. she felt entitled. first ladies as we know have a huge influence on their husbands. >> reporter: her husband was john-claude duvalier, nicknamed baby doc. at 19 he became haiti's president for life. she was the power behind the throne, as records show says
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this attorney. >> the first time she ever received money was about $100,000. sometime before their wedding. >> reporter: their wedding so lavish, so grand it earned a place in the guinness book of world records. at a time when most haitians lived on less than $1 a day, they spent $3 million making their vows. ogoost and his law partner were hired to michele and baby doc, pilfered haiti's money, even from charities. >> i'm looking at a check which was made to the charity of the first lady and then if you look at the back of that check, that check was endorsed to the private account of hers. >> this money was supposed to go to the people of haiti. >> absolutely. >> reporter: he says these books are a detailed accounting of a stunning grand larceny. >> dash, dash. >> reporter: documentation that the couple stole at least $500
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million from haiti. >> and this is the bank of the republic. >> reporter: they would throw extravagant parties, buy pricey real estate and designer clothes. michele in particular had an insatiable taste for the finer things. her interior decorator was given carte bl oorks blanche. >> for example, sambour, the decorator, transferred $27 million to his bank accounts in the bank in new york and in paris. here you see mr. sambour the decorator probably saving for a rainy day taking from different governmental accounts. >> he had access to the government accounts as well? >> absolutely. he was taking all this money and we have pages of this. >> the designer? >> you see $200,000. $200,000. $200,000. $200,000. >> reporter: how did they get away with it? they had their own enforcers. called the tonton macoutes or in creole, the boogiemen.
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who were responsible for tens of thousands of political murders. >> if you weren't home and they were trying to assassinate you they would assassinate your wife, your children, the housekeeper, the dog, everyone died. >> reporter: amy wilins has written a book called "the rainy season: haiti since duvalia." >> they would take victims and put them on street corners, corpse sitting on a chair on a street corner as a sign to other people not to try to challenge the dictatorship. >> reporter: the reign ended in 1986 when the people finally rose up and threw them out. they fled to france. the attorneys on their trail say they took $50 million to $100 million with them. they denied doing anything wrong, but the money and the marriage soon collapsed. after a messy divorce, michele reportedly ended up with most of the money. she's now living in this luxurious parisian pent house.
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>> she's on the top floor. >> she has an impressive apartment up there. i think she's still quite an enthusiastic shopper. still has plenty of money to spend. >> reporter: as for baby doc he's keeping a lower profile. and a lower standard of living. do you think he's in paris? >> that's what i understand. reported to be in paris and reported to be broke. >> reporter: of all the hundreds of millions of dollars stolen, most of it squandered. what's left is frozen in a uvs bank account in switzerland. it's about $5 million to $7 million. swiss lawmakers promise the duvalier will never see that money. >> it's the same whether you are the mafia or a criminal political organization. he robbed you. the family. he robbed you. now you got the money back. crime doesn't pay. >> reporter: for decades it did pay.
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the dick tarlt -- dictator and his wife lived like royalty, then they lost nearly all of it. is there a part of you that might have some sort of sympathy for him? >> no. i have no sympathy. you have to understand that in 1986 80% of the population had no access to water. if they had invested $30 million probably everybody would have had access to clean water. duvalier took $500 million. >> all that money supposed to be going to help the people of haiti, it ended up just being used for cars and jewelry and to have a good time? exactly. >> he's never been held accountable for that. >> that's why i have no sympathy. >> reporter: abbie boudreau, cnn, paris. >> it's believed michele duvalier was here. we haven't been able to independently verify that. we were told we may have seen her at the hotel montana. her brother is buried at the hotel montana.
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died and is missing in the rubble there. we were up there several weeks ago and saw a very elegant lady dressed in white jeans, well pressed. certainly did not look like somebody who had been living in a tent at all. we were told she was here for several days and left as people started to find out she was here. we haven't been able to independently verify that. she was wearing a wig when she was up at the montana, a strange encounter to be sure. a lot more ahead tonight. our coverage from here continues. we'll be right back. within 15 minutes. that's important to me because i know the two medicines in symbicort are beginning to treat my symptoms and helping me take control of my asthma. and that makes symbicort a good choice for me. symbicort will not replace a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms. and should not be taken more than twice a day. symbicort contains formoterol. medicines like formoterol may increase the chance of asthma-related death. so, it is not for people whose asthma
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let's get a quick check of tonight's other important stories. candy crowley is back with a 360 bulletin. >> former president bill clinton is out of the hospital one day after he had two stents inserted into a clogged coronary artery. clinton wants to get back to helping the people of haiti and the work of his foundation. he was on a conference call about haiti as he was wheeled into the operating room yesterday. needless to say the former president has no plans to slow down. >> i do sleep more now than i used to, and i sleep more on planes than i used to, but i have to keep working. it's what i should do. i mean, i -- that's what my life is for.
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i was given a good mind, a strong body. i've had a wonderful life and it would be wrong for me not to work. >> new data today from the cdc on swine flu. from april of last year through the middle of last month there were between 41 million and 84 million cases of the virus in the u.s. the cdc estimates over the same time between 8,300 and 17,000 people died of h1n1 related illnesses. the estimates are so broad because many people don't seek medical care and that makes exact counts impossible. from mississippi to georgia on up to north carolina, a winter storm warning. several inches of snow is expected through much of the region. many schools and offices shut down today. airlines canceled flights and everyone is being told to stay off those roads. and in argentina a dramatic rescue caught on tape. a van stalls out on train tracks
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and an unidentified man jumps off his motorcycle to push the van off the tracks seconds before the train comes through. we found this video on break.com. anderson, wow. i don't know if you can see this. it really is -- i just -- you always wonder when you see things like that, would i do that? you know. you kind of hope you would but you never know, i guess until you do it. >> i know. that's right. when push comes to shove, literally. candy, thank you very much for being with us. we'll watch you on "state of the union" sunday 9:00 a.m. we're dedicating tonight's shot to haiti. the haitian people endured so much in the last month and the road ahead is incredibly long. i want to show you my reporter's notebook. the pictures are from getty images. some of the thoughts we've had just in our time here in haiti. it's been one month. is it better? that's what most people ask. of course it is. it's not good, though. not by any stretch of the imagination.
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it's not even acceptable, but it is technically better. it's not saying much, though. couldn't have gotten any worse. a lot of people haven't been here probably think what happened is old news. i know people aren't as interested as hearing about it as much anymore. that always happens but it's still hard to accept. haitians of course are used to it. they're used to people losing interest in their plight. this time they had hoped it would be different. it may feel like this is a month-old tragedy, but here on the ground each day it feels brand new. new struggles, new setbacks, new deaths, new horrors. charlie, my producer and my cameraman, neil and i have been here three weeks out of the four. the week i was gone all i wanted to do was get back here. here nothing is wasted. nothing is fake. people look each other in the eye. they clasp your hand hard. everything has been stripped away, gutted. i've started to pay attention to things no one wants to hear about. i saw a puddle of dried liquid on a concrete slab and a small mound of human hair. it was all that was left of
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someone. there are packs of dogs that roam the streets at night. people say they've seen them feed on corpses. you hear them barking, growling deep, fighting each other in the darkness. i see the good things here, too, the love families have for one another. the strong faith. the resilience of people. it's impossible to ignore the port-au-prince is still a graveyard. how many more dead are still buried in its rubble. i find myself crying at odd times. i'll be walking up a flight of stairs and suddenly realize there are tears in my eyes. i was speaking to someone i hadn't seen in a while, my voice cracked, my throat tightened. i can't remember what i was talking about. it happens to everyone i think. for the rest of the world it's been one month. here on the ground it feels much longer. the clocks have stopped. the earth no longer spins. this place, these people, are once again forced to begin again. again, the pictures by jonathan. our coverage continues here at the top of the hour. 
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