Former US Presidents try to keep world attention on Haiti

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 10:18

Port-Au-Prince: Former US Presidents Bill
Clinton and George W Bush visited Port-au-Prince and promised Haitians the world had not forgotten them 10 weeks after the deadliest earthquake of modern times.

"In the short-term, how can the people of Haiti stop
living from day-to-day and at least live from month-to-month,
know they`ll be OK for a month, their children will be OK for
a month," implored Clinton.

The unlikely duo met President Rene Preval and Prime
Minister Jean-Max Bellerive before touring one of the many
camps yesterday, where hundreds of thousands of survivors are
at risk from the coming rains and hurricane season.

"It`s one thing to see it on TV, it`s another thing to
see it first-hand and hopefully our trip will help remind
people in our country that Haiti needs help," Bush said
against the backdrop of the ruined presidential palace.

The pair head the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, a relief
organisation set up after the January 12 quake that leveled
parts of the capital Port-au-Prince, killing at least 220,000
people and leaving 1.3 million homeless.

They were tapped by President Barack Obama to lead a
bipartisan fundraising campaign and oversee long-term
reconstruction and relief efforts in the country, the poorest
nation in the Americas.


First Published: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 10:18
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