Anderson Cooper is a fascinating man. He can be a wrinkle-nosed silly 7th grade girl with Kathy Griffin or Kelly Ripa, but when something big happens, he’s THERE. Not just reporting in a suit, but literally IN the middle of the tragedy, whether it was Katrina, or in the latest catastrophe in Haiti. It’s obvious that Anderson needs to do this work.
While reporting earlier today, Anderson came across a young boy who had been hit by cement block pieces that were being thrown by looters. What happened next will amaze you–remember, it’s graphic, but will make you understand just a bit of what is going on in Haiti–and show you, too, that Anderson Cooper is not just an anchorman.
“…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.”
via Anderson Cooper/CNN AC360 Blog
Anderson, we appreciate your hard work, your understanding of life’s injustices…and the way you keep your sense of humor all the while.