Monday, March 09, 2009

Bill Clinton in Haiti

Bill Clinton and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon were in Haiti today, trying to refocus international attention to the country in hopes to lure more aid to keep the impoverished country from sliding back into chaos. Hundreds of people greeted them, including Haitian-born singer Wyclef Jean, at the airport with signs such as "We love you President Clinton" and "Clinton, we need your help."

Clinton and Ban waved to the crowds. They toured the run-down capital and met with Haitian officials. They visited a school in the neighborhood of Cite Soleil

The country has been struggling with high food prices and a devastating series of storms during a period of relative political calm in the Caribbean country.

Ban spokeswoman Michele Montas said the visit of less than 24 hours was intended to call attention to the need to provide further international help for Haiti.

"The secretary-general and Bill Clinton will bring a strong message of hope that Haiti is still winnable," Montas said.

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