MTV News is sending a team of reporters to Haiti to chronicle the recovery effort in the wake of last week's devastating earthquake. We will be following their journey to Haiti through e-mails, tweets, BBMs and video in the lead-up to Friday night's "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief" telethon, which will air on MTV and dozens of other networks at 8 p.m. ET
Our first dispatches come from reporter Suchin Pak, production manager Adam Stewart and producer Sean Lee as they prepare to embed with the military for a relief flight to Haiti.
5:19 a.m. EST, Wednesday (January 20), Suchin Pak: "We caught an early morning flight to Miami and then a military flight to Guantanamo. From there, we will get helicoptered into Haiti. Our mission is to follow a relief package from the U.S. into Haiti. We wanted to see what a relief effort looked like every step of the way.
"I'm not sure what to expect: The worst, or not as bad as my imagination? I keep telling myself I've covered Katrina and the Asian tsunami — but what will this look like tomorrow?"
10:19 a.m. EST: "Just landed in Miami, waiting for our military plane to take us to Guantanamo base. As we land, I get texts of the aftershock, but sadly, they are saying that not much more damage can be done at this point.
"We flew to Thailand after the tsunami and while there was devastation, sadness and loss of life, we saw very little of that. The buildings were cleared, zones were safely outlined, hotels were back up and running and things looked almost like heavy construction zones. Even the refugee camps were carefully set up and the talk was of rebuilding already. As I watch the news now, I realize this will not be the case when we land in Haiti, and the difference is shocking to me. We are on the first wave of real, large-scale military relief and it seems like we will be walking into a rescue mission rather than a rebuilding one."
4:59 a.m. EST Wednesday, Adam Stewart: "How is one supposed to feel when they know that over the next few days, they will witness human suffering on a level that is unimaginable? This question has plagued my mind as we've spent the past 12 hours prepping our team for a truly incredible journey into the heart of one of the worst natural disasters in recent history.
"Final destination: Port-au-Prince, the epicenter of last week's massive quake. I left my comfy home in New Jersey knowing that the next 96 hours will be pretty much the complete opposite of my home life.
"Once in Miami, we'll be hitching a ride with he U.S. military in a small jet as we hop another 1,000 miles or so to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. We'll spend the afternoon getting to know the humanitarian relief team that we will have the privilege of being embedded with over the next few days. A military helicopter will take us to an aircraft carrier floating just off the coast of Haiti's capital.
"After we settle in, we'll await the first helo transport into ground zero at Port-au-Prince airport. From there, it is anyone's guess. I hope to see children smiling and people receiving the relief that they so desperately need. I hope to be a part of the solution to this massive global tragedy."
Sean Lee, from his Twitter account: "On our way to Haiti, just learned of a 6.1 aftershock. Scary … Military telling us that once we board the copter to Port-au-Prince our schedule's tough to predict. Least of our worries, I'm sure."
Head here to learn more about what you can do to help with earthquake-relief efforts in Haiti, and for more information, see Think MTV. Join George Clooney and Wyclef Jean for MTV's "Hope for Haiti" telethon, airing commercial-free Friday, January 22, at 8 p.m. ET.