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Haitians With US Passports Lining Up to Leave Country

Haitians present US passports in hopes of getting on a military flight to the United States
Haitians present US passports in hopes of getting on a military flight to the United States


Laurel Bowman

As the exodus from Port-au-Prince continues following the devastating earthquake, those left behind deal with clean-up, recovery and the road ahead.

Haitians holding U.S. passports are lining up for hours in hopes of getting on a military flight to the United States.

U.S. military personnel check their passports outside the U.S. embassy in Port au Prince.  Everyone has a tale.

MAN ON STREET 1:  "When this happened I was taking  a shower.  I heard boom boom boom!  I ran out.  I was naked.  No clothes at all."

MAN ON STREET 2:  "I came to get my family, my aunt and my cousin [out].  The house is gone and they are all victims."

 And those lucky enough to make it out, in this case to Florida, are stunned by what they have seen.

MAN ON STREET 3:  "They have nothing to eat. They have nothing to drink."

MAN ON STREET 4:  "I can't even talk about it."

Back in Haiti, a miracle on Tuesday, two weeks after the initial shock.

U.S. troops pulled another survivor from the wreckage.  Covered in dust, he had a broken leg and was dehydrated.

More than 130 people have been pulled alive from the debris since the massive earthquake.  

Hopes of finding more people alive fade with each day.  And bodies are still decaying in the streets.

MAN ON STREET: "Every day the Chinese rescue workers remove bodies and put them on the side of the street.  We try to remove them but when we can't they remain here and dogs eat them.  It smells very bad."
In a bid to jumpstart Haiti's economy,  the United Nations is paying almost 4 dollars a day plus food to those willing to take jobs clearing rubble and waste.

More than 5,000 Haitians have signed up.

Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive is back in the country after a donors meeting in Canada where he made a plea for sustained long-term aid.

"I don't just want to rebuild only Port au Prince, but to rebuild the entire Haiti," said Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive.

He says the funds received so far are enough to help only 10 to 15 percent of Haiti's people.

Officials say foreign aid will be needed for up to 10 years to rebuild the country.

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