Help for Haiti Part One
It has been almost two weeks since the island country of Haiti experienced what one witness called "hell on earth." The people there have no homes, many sleeping outside, medical facilities are to capacity and children are without families.
Despite the terrible news, there are some positive stories of survival. TV20s Robert Bradfield begins a four part series on the people of Haiti.
He visited Miami International Airport and tonight tells us how two people are coping after the earthquake.
"The earth started shaking and I just heard people crying. Sometime people say they just wanted to die." For Orlando resident Eugene Raynald, the earthquake in Haiti was personal. He was visiting family.
"They're scared," says Raynald. Raynald was one of the thousands of Americans who left the country - his home country after the second aftershock. His family's home destroyed, his country he once knew now lies in ruins.
"That hurts, that hurts, that really hurts." The 45,000 Americans who called Haiti home were given the chance to leave - many boarding planes and headed back to the US. And at the Miami International Airport, these survivors are given a second chance at life.
The American Red Cross and Florida's Department of Children and Families set up a holding area for those looking to catch up on some sleep or eat a healthy meal. This is where we met Raynald and Madalaine Zufrane who was in her sister's home in Haiti when it started to shake.
"I was talking to her and when I finished I left" she says in Creole. "I took my daughter and we left and the house fell on her, she was cooking."
Zufrane's father and mother are in a Haitian hospital - both with serious injuries; her father's right leg had to be amputated.
"My mother is suffering" she says, "my father is suffering, the whole hospital is suffering."
Zufrane's husband lives in Ft. Lauderdale. She plans on staying with him for awhile until her country is in better shape. There are so many people like Raynald and Zufrane across this country - all wondering what happened - all wondering if life can be put back to normal. But for them right now, normalcy doesn't exist.
"You don't know when you know your earth will shake, nobody knows that. So, if you can do something to help, just do it."
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- Helping Those in Haiti
- Sole For Souls Helps Those In Haiti
- Local PT helps amputees in Haiti
- Gainesville Woman Asks For Help Distributing Haiti Relief Supplies
- Area Churches Help Haiti, Themselves
- Family Members Wait Anxiously To Hear From Loved Ones In Haiti
- No Hunger Game Part 2, The Faces Of Those Who Help
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