Stories written by Ansel Herz
Ansel Herz is an independent multimedia journalist. A Seattle native and survivor of the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, he has reported from Haiti for nearly two years for IPS, Reuters AlertNet and Free Speech Radio News and has been interviewed by CNN, the BBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Democracy Now! and other outlets. In 2011 he was key writer and researcher in a series of articles, published by the Nation magazine and Haiti Liberte, based on WikiLeaks cables related to Haiti. Ansel is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism.
Under a beating sun in the grassy field where two U.N. helicopters landed in Grand Goave last week, 19-year-old Benson Blanc moved his hands as if rapid-firing a gun into the ground in front of him and made a "tok-tok-tok-tok" sound. This is how the soldiers opened fire, he said.