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A decade after Haitian earthquake, a young victim struggles

On the tenth anniversary of the magnitude-7 earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands in Haiti, the Thomas family lives in a rotting two-room shack that floods when it rains in Canaan, which has become the largest slum in the Caribbean

Counselor finds Haitians resilient in face of disaster

The devastating 7.0 earthquake that shook Haiti on Jan. 12 took the lives of thousands and left millions homeless. What most saw through the eyes of the media, North Side resident and counselor Rick Kienholz experienced first hand during two trips this year to the region helping survivors cope. “I was deeply touched by their amazing stories,” Kienholz, 62, said. He is executive director and founder of Northwest Family Advocates, a counseling ministry to youth and families at risk. “The resiliency and strength I saw, along with the deep abiding faith they had, was impressive.”

U.S. missionary convicted in Haiti returns to Idaho

The leader of an American group detained while trying to take 33 children out of Haiti after the January earthquake returned today to Idaho, sidestepping questions about her conviction for arranging illegal travel.

Haiti frees missionary from Boise

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The last of 10 Americans detained while trying to take 33 children out of Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake was freed Monday when a judge convicted her but sentenced her to time already served in jail. Laura Silsby, the organizer of the ill-fated effort to take the children to an orphanage being set up in the neighboring Dominican Republic, returned to her cell briefly to retrieve belongings before quickly heading to the Port-au-Prince airport. “I’m praising God,” Silsby told the Associated Press as she waited for a flight out of Haiti.

Earthquake chaos slows Haiti adoptions

When a deadly earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in January, toppling buildings, leveling shantytowns and leaving thousands without food, shelter or medical care, Chris and Necole Marlow of Austin, Texas, knew what they had to do. Already considering international adoption, they set their hearts on Haiti.

Haiti drops kidnapping charge for missionaries

A Haitian judge said Monday he has dismissed kidnapping and criminal association charges against 10 American missionaries detained for trying to take a busload of children out of the country after the Jan. 12 earthquake.

Haiti judge: No decision yet on missionaries’ charges

The judge investigating 10 American missionaries accused of kidnapping for trying to take a busload of children out of Haiti says a decision has not yet been made on whether to drop charges against any of them.

Lawyer: Charges dropped against 9 missionaries

An attorney says Haiti has dropped kidnapping charges against nine of 10 U.S. missionaries arrested taking a busload of children out of the quake-ravaged country.

Haiti parents reunite with baby

MIAMI – Junior Alexis and Nadine Devilme listened stoically Tuesday as a University of Miami doctor described in clinical terms why their infant daughter had not been expected to survive her injuries from Haiti’s deadly January earthquake. “For five days she was under the rubble without any nourishment at all,” said Dr. Arthur M. Fournier, whose words were being translated into Creole as the couple listened on a couch. “When she was brought to us, she was near death.

Obama seeks aid for Haiti

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $2.8 billion in aid for earthquake-wracked Haiti, jump-starting a global push to raise billions of dollars for the country’s reconstruction. The request comes a week before international donors meet at the United Nations to plot how to finance a reconstruction effort that has been estimated to cost as much as $11.5 billion. More than 200,000 people died in the Jan. 12 earthquake.

Haiti’s balky electric grid impediment to recovery

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Six weeks after a catastrophic earthquake flattened downtown Port-au-Prince, power has returned to nearly half the city’s neighborhoods. Most, however, are in the hilly southern suburbs, which look down at night on the miles of near blackness where most of the quake-rendered homeless abide in teeming tent cities.

Flight logs detail early Haiti chaos

Washcloths arrived before water, and senators before surgeons. In the first chaotic days after Haiti’s earthquake, some vital aid was forced to wait because the U.S. military took relief flights at the Port-au-Prince airport on a first-come, first-served basis, according to landing logs. The logs, reviewed exclusively by the Associated Press, document who flew in before and after the U.S. Air Force assumed control of the landing strip that was the sole lifeline for relief. They largely disprove accusations from some humanitarian groups that the U.S. held up aid in favor of military flights.

8 church workers headed for home

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Eight of the 10 American church workers jailed for trying to take 33 children out of Haiti without permission after the Jan. 12 earthquake were freed from their tiny cell Wednesday after a Haitian judge ordered their release. Laura Silsby, the group’s leader, and Charisa Coulter will remain in jail for more questioning about their attempt to bus the children into the neighboring Dominican Republic.

Haiti judge frees 8 of 10 American missionaries

Eight American missionaries were freed from a Haitian jail Wednesday, nearly three weeks after being charged with kidnapping for trying to take a group of children out of the quake-stricken country.

U.S. withdrawing troops from Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The biggest U.S. military surge since Iraq and Afghanistan is scaling back a month after the troops arrived in haste to aid victims of Haiti’s catastrophic quake. Great gray ships have been leaving behind Haiti’s battered shores as thousands of American troops pack up their tents. The mission, however, is far from over.

Debt relief a start for Haiti

The tragedy of the Haitian earthquake continues to unfold, with slow delivery of aid, the horrific number of amputations performed out of desperate medical necessity, more than a million homeless, perhaps 200,000 dead, hunger, dehydration, the emergence of infections and waterborne diseases and the approach of the rainy season, which will be followed by the hurricane season. Haiti has suffered a massive blow, an earthquake for which its infrastructure was not prepared, after decades – no, centuries – of military and economic manipulation by foreign governments, most notably the United States and France. Haiti was a slave plantation controlled by France. In 1804, inspired by Toussaint L’Ouverture (after whom the now barely functioning airport in Port-au-Prince is named), the slaves rebelled, founding the world’s first black republic.