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Haitian President Visits The White House

| On 10, Mar 2010

Haitian President Rene Preval meets with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House on March 10, 2010. (Photo courtesy of AP).

Haitian President Rene Preval paid a visit to President Barack Obama at the White House on Wednesday to personally thank the United States for its outpouring of support after the recent earthquake.

But, please know that the job is far from over and Haiti still needs a lot of help. Over 230,000 people were killed and one million left homeless in the January 12 earthquake.  Combine that with the approaching rainy season in Haiti and you can see the urgency of the situation.  Preval came with an agenda for Obama discussing reconstruction, job creation, and an issue with donated food vs. that of local food growers in Haiti.

As with any crisis, the U.S. has slowly started to withdraw it’s troops down to a level of about 8,000 from a high of 20,000 about two weeks after the quake.  The Navy hospital ship “Comfort” has also undocked in Haiti for its trip back to Baltimore, Maryland.  It doesn’t help that Chile was hit with an 8.8 magnitude earthquake in the past two weeks.  Resources are stretched thin, especially as the mission evolves from law enforcement and critical care and humanitarian efforts.

So, let’s remember to keep Haiti and Chile in our uppermost thoughts and prayers.  Both areas are going to need global support for the long haul.

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