On 12 January 2010, Haiti was devastated by an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale. Over 220,000 people were killed, over 300,000 injured, and one and a half million made homeless. Of all countries to be hit by such a calamity, it was the poorest country in the Western world that was struck by one of the worst natural disasters of the modern age. All state structures collapsed. The catastrophe unleashed a wave of solidarity around the world.
The German government reacted to the disaster within hours, making unbureaucratic, suitable aid available immediately. With vivid footage, BROADVIEW TV shows how the German Red Cross, working on behalf of the Federal Foreign Office, took immediate action in an attempt to relieve the most acute distress.