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Local man from Haiti clings to hope

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Posted: Jan 15, 2010 4:24 PM by Dana Hackett
Updated: Jan 15, 2010 7:38 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Haiti, earthquake, family, Baton Rouge

A local man from Haiti is clinging to hope that his family will survive the aftermath of a deadly earthquake.

After two days of making numerous calls, Myrtho Joseph could not get through to see if his family was safe in Haiti. Thursday night, he finally received an email from a friend saying they were okay.

While that's good news, his family is still struggling to survive.

"From my wife's side, I have nieces and nephews living in the streets," said Joseph. "This is really scary when you think people need water to drink, food, and clothing."

Joseph grew up in Haiti and moved to the U.S. five years ago. He currently attends LSU as a graduate student. His family visited him for the first time during the holidays. They returned to Haiti a week before the earthquake hit.

"This is really the world turned upside down after this great moment," said Joseph.

Joseph still has not spoken to his family. He also does not know when he will be able to see them again. He is grateful for donations people are sending to his country.

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