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Haiti needs our help now

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Once again Haiti finds itself on the tragic side of the world's disaster divide and its need for help is urgent.

A 7.2-magnitude earthquake, more powerful than the whopper that killed more than 200,000 in the capital, Port-au-Prince, in 2010, has rocked the country's more remote southern peninsula, killing more than 2,100, leveling thousands of homes and leaving hundreds more missing and presumed trapped under rubble.

And, barely three days later, while Haitians still were searching for loved ones and trying to dig their neighbors out of the rubble with bare hands, Tropical Storm Grace lashed into the island, causing mudslides and floods that damaged temporary shelters for people displaced by the quake.

And all of these horrors rained down ― during the COVID-19 pandemic ― on the heels of the assassination of President Jovenel Moise last month, which left the government without a president, a functioning parliament or head of its Supreme Court.

Few in the quake zone were surprised when promised government rescue help largely failed to show up.

International aid groups, including the United Nations, and the United States mobilized to send help. But, struggling to get through severe flooding, blocked roads........

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