Sunday, December 12, 2010
Samaritan's Purse, under whose leadership and vision Rev. Franklin Graham visited Haiti, scheduled a press conference for Governor Palin who accompanied him.
Allyn Gaestel reports:
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin on Sunday urged her fellow Americans not to forget Haiti as she wrapped up a two-day visit to the crisis-torn Caribbean country.
"I do urge Americans not to forget Haiti," said Palin, who was in Haiti at the invitation of Franklin Graham, an evangelical preacher whose Christian relief organization, Samaritan's Purse, is involved in cholera treatment efforts in the deeply impoverished nation.
Haiti is still recovering from the January 12 quake that killed nearly a quarter of a million Haitians a year ago, and the 1.3 million people made homeless by the disaster are still living in makeshift camps and under tents and tarps in the sprawling capital Port-au-Prince.
"There were such ravaged conditions and environmental aspects of this country before the earthquake," said Palin.
"Haiti has been a country that has suffered in the past, that's going to continue to suffer until some fundamental changes are being made here," she added.
Palin spoke to reporters outside a Samaritan's Purse warehouse in this town in barren hills about 7 miles north of Port-au-Prince.
She declined to take any questions, saying, "We don't need to be getting political today."
She did appeal for foreign aid, however, after health experts last week called for intensive vaccination and more use of antibiotics to step up Haiti's fight against cholera.
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(Video courtesy of Ron Devito of US4Palin.)