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As you know, Haiti was devastated with a 7.3 earthquake on January 12, 2010.

There is not a person here in Haiti that was not affected by the destruction and the loss.  Homes and lives were taken in a matter of 40 seconds.  Over 200,000 bodies were buried in a mass grave with no identification.  You could hear on the radio people being asked to pick up the mass bodies off the streets.  The stench of death from piles of bodies on one side of the rubble filled streets as people took up residence on the opposite side of the road afraid to go back into any building that remained standing. 

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I spoke with Mayor Santos Alexi of Leogane (the epicenter of the earthquake) over 80% of the town was destroyed; 10,000 lives were taken – that was 1 in every 5 residence of Leogane. 

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Pr. Etienne and I went up to General Hospital in Les Cayes as the first of the medi-vaced started coming in from PAP and the surrounding areas the day after the earthquake, to see what we could do to help.  One of the patients brought in was his niece who was playing out in the yard when the blocks from the neighbor’s house fell down on her.  Her leg was going to have to be amputated.  

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