Gotta Watch: Children coping with tragedy
CNN spoke to children who lost a loved one on 9/11 about their feelings and where they are now.
September 12th, 2011
12:23 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Children coping with tragedy

It was an especially reflective weekend as the United States and much of the world looked back on the lives lost in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. CNN had a chance to talk to several young people who lost a parent that day. In today's Gotta Watch, we present highlights from those interviews, and look back at how children caught in the middle of another national disaster - Hurricane Katrina - looked at their city two years later.

'Nobody else has lost a parent on national television' - Some of the children who lost a parent on 9/11 say they have little or no memory of that day. Watch here as they talk about life growing without a mother or father, the "nightmare" talk that daddy wasn't coming home and the scrutiny they face as "9/11 kids."

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'The lost city' - In February 2007, CNN's Soledad O'Brien handed out video cameras to a group of students who lived through Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Here, they spoke with director Spike Lee about feelings of being forgotten and what the world didn't see two years after the storm.

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  1. Jordan scene©

    There's Jim posting pointless statements again trying to feel like he contributed something here today.

    September 12, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kevin

    @saywhat: you've changed my mind, it was a conspiracy and Bill Clinton is the one responsible. Think about it, he blew up the Davidian Compound in Waco, he shot down a commercial airliner near the White house, he did Ruby Ridge, the bombing of the USS Cole and the US Embassy in Somalia had his name written all over both. He was involved with the Oklahoma City bombing. He headed up the first attempted bombing of the Trade Center. He let Bin Laden go not once, not twice, but three times that we know of: coincidence? I think not. What better way for Clinton to secure his place in history than to cause the worst terrorist attack in US history on his predecessor's watch. Yep saywhat you're absolutely correct that no good, low down, snake in the grass, piece of sh!t Bill Clinton planned and carried out 9/11 now let's arrest the S-O-B and execute him.

    September 12, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kevin

    Wouldn't be a bit surprised if Obama was in on it too.

    September 12, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sam Small

    A link to a newly released short 9/11 tribute film, "For the Missing" with never before seen footage of post 9/11 NYC. Thanks, Sam Small, Filmmaker.

    September 12, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. gung hoe

    @jordan and saywhat I agree with your 410 post 110 percent if you noticed my earlier post youll understand why

    September 12, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. gung hoe

    It was the 436 post so sorry

    September 12, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gung hoe

    Wrong post right one 436 thanks

    September 12, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jim

    @saywhat: it's all good I don't care what names you go by you crack me up which ever one you happen to be using at the time. Kudos and keep on posting that crazy sh!t you post, funny as hell it is.

    September 12, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
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    September 12, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. George Patton

    Don't you people think that it's time we moved on? After all, 9/11 is largely dwarfed by what we did to other countries in the past. Look at what we did in 1972 to Hanoi, North Vietnam during the Christmas bombings there, killing over 2000 civilians plus some of our own P.O.W.s. And then again, on Feb.13,1991 we blew up an air raid shelter in the heart of Baghdad, Iraq, killing over 414 civilians who only wanted to survive the war. I remember the man whose entire family was in that shelter mourning his horrific loss the following day and that was truly appalling!!!

    September 12, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spiro T.Agnew

      Yes George, we are kind of overdoing this 9/11 bit and we do need to get on with life. You mentioned those horrific Christmas of 1972 bombings of Hanoi also. When I look back on them, I too find them quite appalling but I was Vice President then so I couldn't say too much. Thanks to you George, I was blind and now I see!!!!!!

      September 12, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      It's called the new, improved pearl harbor. do we even remember those guys anymore? I guess it feels so good to bite on a sore tooth repeatedly...

      September 12, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. seen um

    not u.s. government but worst power-mad ones in all populations who seek to make a world dictatorship with them in control. how? get the free thinking strong minded ones fighting and hateing on each other until they are worn down in all ways. not recognising the vile enemy laughing behind their backs and smiling to their faces. making dirty money and getting ready to take over by technological power when the best all over the world are weary and looking for help from somewhere. do not let it happen. Freedom depends on true wisdom. stay wise

    September 12, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. SMH@U

    George Patton and Spiro Agnew is the one who posts and agrees with himsel, not saywhat. Okay, and I see you only post when you're accusing saywhat....I think you are the George Patton troll!

    September 12, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • gung hoe

      I'm getting sick and tired of seeing you weak minded Tea Partiers posting your nonsense belittling Gen. George Patton on this web page. What did you or your feelble minded buddy Jim ever do for this country besides spew your ignorance here? Gen. Patton commanded the 3rd Army during WW2 and your mocking him here is rather contemptable!

      September 12, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Klayjhan

      Change your Facebook profile pturcie to a cartoon from your childhood & invite your friends to do the same til Monday (12.06.10). There should be no human faces on Facebook, but an invasion of memories! This is for violence against children. (This has been going around, ur supposed to post it then change ur pic)References :

      April 22, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jim

    SMH. I already addressed that issue with you but once again, thanks for your input.

    September 12, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |


    September 13, 2011 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jim

    @@gung hoe: read my posts. I already mentioned that George Patton was a great American hero and it's an abuse of his name posting garbage with it.

    September 13, 2011 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Lyndsie Graham

      If that's true JIm, then why do you and your buddy SMH@U continue to mock him and what he says here. I don't have any more use for these obnoxious wars than he does!!! Now I guess that you'll mock me too!

      September 13, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
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