Wyclef Jean

Columbia 'pioneer' has plan for Haiti

Columbia 'pioneer' has plan for Haiti

Three years after a devastating earthquake left much of Haiti in ruins, a new effort has been launched to help the long-suffering island nation — an effort based in Howard County and spearheaded by a well-known Haitian with close ties to Columbia.

Raymond Joseph, whose opposition decades ago to then-dictator Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier forced him to flee Haiti and eventually settle in Columbia, last month launched a campaign to reforest his home country, which has been denuded by decades of natural disasters and using trees for fuel and construction.

"Haiti is becoming a desert," Joseph said. "We have to do something about it."