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A call for help for Haiti

A call for help for Haiti

When a 7.0-magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, it caused massive destruction in Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas. An estimated 200,000 people perished, and 2.1 million people were displaced. It was a horrific disaster, and Haiti is still recovering from it with over 150,000 people still living in camps.

On Oct. 4, Haiti was hit by another devastating disaster. Hurricane Matthew, a category 4 storm, brought 145 mph winds and more than 24 inches of rain in 24 hours. Storm surges, flooding, mudslides and the powerful wind wreaked havoc throughout much of the southern and northern peninsulas of the country.

I just returned to Baltimore from Haiti, where I...