Compassion is Contagious: Journalist POV on Haiti Relief Efforts
SAN FRANCISCO, Sep 22 (New America Media) - Radio Saigon Houston co-founder and journalist Thuy Vu recently returned from a five-day humanitarian mission to Haiti, where residents are still recovering from the earthquake eight months ago that has left the country’s capital Port au Prince in ruins and crippled the rest of the island-nation.
Vu traveled to Haiti from August 18-23, with a group of 35 volunteers, including doctors and nurses to provide much needed primary care services. While there, she used her cell phone to broadcast live three times a day, offering dispatches of daily life in Haiti to Vietnamese American listeners in Houston. Leading up to the trip, the community had donated $35,000 for the mission.
Vu spoke with New America Media editor Ngoc Nguyen about life in Haiti after the quake. Read the Q&A at OneWorld US.
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