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Jan 14, 2010 12:25 AM by Stacy Daniel

Cal Poly student with ties to Haiti speaks out about quake

A Cal Poly student with close ties to Haiti talks to KSBY News about his family, his hometown and his hope for his country.
Alcenat Honorat has been in this country for about five years. He has two sisters who live in Haiti. He hasn't heard from them since the quake struck.
Honorat anxiously watches the television as the devastation in his hometown is displayed on various news channels. Trying to glean information about his loved ones in Port-au-Prince is nearly impossible. So, instead he turns to the internet to find out if his two sisters living in Haiti, survived the massive earthquake.
Honorat says, "I woke up at 4:00 A.M. and I couldn't sleep from then on, so I was online on Facebook. I have friends posting pictures about what's happening. I really can't understand what's going on. It's hard to believe. The little information we could have is hearsay; it's not like somebody who's been there. Because there's no international calls coming out of Haiti, because the cell phone system just collapsed."
Honorat heard from his cousin that his sisters are okay. Now his concern shifts to his fellow countrymen.
Honorat says, "I know it's a lot of property damage and for a country where people are really poor, to see that much destruction, I'm wondering how do we ever recover from that."
The magnitude 7.0 quake reduced buildings to rubble, sparking fires and causing floods. 24 hours after the quake, the search for survivors is far from over.
Honorat says he is considering taking a break from school to go to Haiti and help his family and friends.
Honorat says if he can get a team together, he will make the trip to his homeland to help with the recovery effort.


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