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Haitian-American Father Fears the Worst

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As the world watches in shock at the devastation that's befallen Haiti, those with family ties to the tiny Caribbean nation can only wait and hope.


Since the news of the 7.0 earthquake that brought the impoverished Haiti to its knees, Gary Sanon-Jules, like all Haitian-Americans, has been collecting bits of information about the disaster from a variety of sources like e-mail and Twitter.

"Everyone is in limbo trying to hear the news," says Sanon-Jules. Most of the news has been devastating.

"I've heard that the neighborhood I grew up in has been destroyed. My brother-in-law got word that his mother's house was leveled. It's hard to know because we don't know what's rumor and what's true." In a desperate attempt to bring supplies to family members, Sanon-Jules' brother is attempting to charter a plane to the disaster site.

So far, Sanon-Jules, who is general manager of Tap Tap Haitian Restaurant in Miami Beach, has not gotten word that any of his relatives have perished. As news trickles in, he's concerned about how to convey the information to his children.

"I have a 10, 8, and 5-year-old," says Sanon-Jules. "[The earthquake] happened when they were in bed last night, so they didn't really know until the morning."

His children, says Sanon-Jules, "are going to be coming up from school with many, many questions."

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