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Heart in Haiti
As most of the world watches the recovery efforts in Haiti
on their screens, Kathie Klarreich is in the center of it all,
helping with the country’s recovery efforts as she puts her
own needs aside for humanity.
Tex t by Jorge Arauz
Photo courtesy of K athie Klarreich
Special thanks to Cindy Dodds for coordinating the interview
Even before the quake hit, Kathie Klarreich was beginning to assist former
President Clinton with production needs for his ongoing work in Haiti.
When we reached her, Kathie was reporting for ABC and had just helped in
the miraculous recovery of an infant that was broadcast to media outlets
throughout the world. Cameras captured her emotional struggle as she scooped
the baby up in her arms and transported the child to the nearest hospital an
hour away. It was one of those special moments that gave everyone watching
hope that miracles were still possible even after many had given up hope of
finding any more survivors.
“I’m astounded by the people who have gotten here with no training but have an
overwhelming desire to help,” she told us from Haiti. “Volunteers are constructing
pre-op centers and assisting injured Haitians, all the while sleeping in the open and
struggling for food just like the locals.” She stressed that besides basic needs like
34 water, food and shelter, anyone who
wants to help should send crutches,
wheelchairs and professional services
to help amputees cope.
Kathie’s connection to Haiti dates
back to 1986 when the Cleveland
native visited Haiti while the country
was celebrating the overthrow of a
29-year dictatorship. She returned to
Haiti in 1988 for two short visits before
taking a leave of absence to spend
three months there researching the
handicraft movement. Three months
quickly transformed into a decade,
during which time Kathie learned
Creole and French and married a
Haitian musician with whom she has a
son. In Haiti, she became a journalist,
working with The New York Times,
ABC, CNN, NBC, NPR and PBS, among
many others. She also penned Madame
Dread: A Tale of Love, Vodou and Civil
Strife in Haiti. Today, she lives in Key
Biscayne and continues to write about
Haiti for TIME, The Miami Herald and
other media outlets.
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