Saturday, 23 January 2010

HAITI: Money from Kin Abroad Buoys Haitian Quake Victims

By Jesus Sanchis

PORT-AU-PRINCE – The arrival of the first remittances from abroad since the Jan. 12 earthquake brought a hint of relief Thursday to some of the 3 million Haitians affected by the disaster, which left as many as 200,000 people dead.

The money transfer agencies that opened their doors quickly attracted Port-au-Prince residents desperate for cash to obtain food and other necessities in this devastated capital.

“If I don’t manage to pick up my money today I will die of hunger. I have two children to feed; without money I can do nothing,” Louisse Matturin, a young woman who works at a hotel, told Efe outside the door of one agency. Read more

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