Haiti On The Road To Recovery - Union College Students Help

By: Erika Tallan
By: Erika Tallan

Helping Haiti is still a grueling relief effort. It's one that 7 Union College students are a part of. The student's first mission, since they arrived Thursday, is body recovery in Port Au Prince.

"They're out of true body bags. So it's simply a matter of trash bags out here," said David Skou a Union College student.

For some students, the job isn't as emotionally draining as it is physically nauseating.

Skou says the smell of the rotting bodies beneath the rubble is the largest factor.

Still, the international rescue and relief group is finding relief in helping bring closure to many grieving families.

"It's encouraging to us to carry on because we can see through them, this great release to be able to get their family member retrieved so they can go and bury them," said John Thomas, Associate Director of the International Rescue and Relief Program at Union College.

The focus now is on the living Haitians, not the dead.

The group says the city is noticeably cleaner. It says piles of rubble and trash are clearing out and slowly but surely, the locals are putting their lives back together.

But the shattered nation faces a long, difficult road to recovery and the group warns the aid necessary to help Haiti is massive and will be long term.

"Everyone here is afraid that once things look like they are cleared up and stable, then the aid is going to stop, without finishing to address the long term disability needs that the people here have," said Thomas.

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