Baton Rouge nun witnesses earthquake in Haiti

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Posted: Jan 26, 2010 5:37 PM by Dana Hackett
Updated: Jan 26, 2010 6:59 PM
Source: WBRZ

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A Baton Rouge woman is back from Haiti after witnessing the earthquake and devastation first hand.

Sister Martha Abshire, a nun with the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, traveled to Haiti for a mission trip three days before the earthquake hit. While she was in Aquin, a town 75 miles west of Port-au-Prince, she still felt the ground shake.

"It's like if a helicopter came flying over your house," said Sister Abshire. "It started rattling really bad. Suddenly it felt like I was in a boat and a wave went through the house. That's when we realized it was an earthquake."

Sister Abshire said many of the wounded fleeing Port-au-Prince came to her clinic for treatment. She is concerned that humanitarian aid flowing into Haiti's capital is not reaching people outside of the city.

"We have thousands of people coming to the countryside, but there's no food," said Sister Abshire.

Sister Abshire has traveled to Haiti doing mission work since the 1980s. During her most recent trip, she was able to return to the U.S. by boarding an Air Force cargo plane. She plans to return to Haiti soon, to provide more help.

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