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Devastating Earthquake Prompts Local Efforts to Help Haiti

A graduate student at IU is using Facebook and Twitter to contact friends in his troubled homeland of Haiti.

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Workers from the American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis survived Tuesday’s earthquake in Haiti, and now they’re working to get medical supplies and water to victims. Spokeswoman Carol Greeley says the local Red Cross is staying in touch with 15 of its volunteers through Facebook and Twitter.

In Bloomington, a graduate student at IU is using the same method to contact friends in his troubled homeland.

“I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe it. Just thinking about it, makes me feel real bad.”

David Tezil is in his second semester at IU and a native of Haiti. His family lives in Florida but his mind is on his childhood friends who are trying to survive Tuesday’s big earthquake.

“The most difficult situation is that my father is in Florida right now and he can’t fly, he can’t be there to support them because the national airport, there is no flight. The hospital where I was born in Carrefour, a town located about 25 miles south of Port-au-Prince, and that’s the only public hospital that the people had there and it’s no longer there, so people really are in need.”

Relief projects are underway to collect items for what will certainly be a long-term reconstruction effort.

“We have a saying in Haitian Creole, we know who really are our friends in bad times. I think what’s important right now is the fact that we get support from anywhere and I think that Haitian people will be really grateful and that will make them happy, have hope.”

IU’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies will serve as a collection site for Haiti relief items. Monetary donations may also be sent through the American Red Cross.

Joe Hren

Anchor, Indiana Newsdesk - WTIU & WFIU News. Follow him on Twitter @Joe_Hren

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