Thursday, March 25, 2010

Haiti's Diaspora Hopes to Play Role in Reconstruction

Haiti's Diaspora Hopes to Play Role in Reconstruction, by Lesley Clark, The Miami Herald, March 24, 2010 Those who left Haiti and now live abroad, Edeline Clermont says, can't help but feel a twinge of guilt. ``Maybe if we had been there we could have done more,'' she said, acknowledging a sense of helplessness as she watches news reports about the Jan. 12 earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people and left the government reeling. It's that sense of responsibility, she said, that prompted the Miami nurse and 500 others with Haitian roots to spend three days in conference rooms at the Organization of American States this week, hoping to carve out a role for Haiti's diaspora in the country's reconstruction. ``We want to be a part of it,'' Clermont said of the engineers, teachers, architects, doctors and entrepreneurs who took part in the meeting. More...

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