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2010-03-22

Former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush arrive in Haiti

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush arrived in Haiti on Monday to discuss the country’s long-term recovery process after the impoverished nation was decimated by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that killed more than 200,000 on Jan. 12. The two former leaders are running the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund for relief efforts at the request of U.S. President Barack Obama, and more than 200,000 donors have given more than US$36 million to the fund. “Presidents Clinton and Bush will meet with Haitians, the government of Haiti, and others providing assistance to earthquake survivors, with the goal of further establishing long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts,” the Clinton Foundation wrote in a recent statement. Clinton is the U.N. special envoy to Haiti and heads coordinating efforts in the country. The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund will “respond to unmet needs in the country, foster economic opportunity, improve the quality of life over the long term for those affected, and assist the people of Haiti as they rebuild their lives and ‘build back better,’” the Clinton Foundation wrote in a recent statement. [Reuters (Haiti), 03/18/2010; The Associated Press (Haiti), 03/18/2010]

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