Thousands of Haitians, including many journalists, have fled the country since the January 12 earthquake. Ronald Leon, a veteran journalist who worked with Haiti’s National Television station, Radio Caraibes and Tropic FM, has now settled in Florida, leaving behind his family and his journalism training school, Ameritech, which was destroyed in the earthquake. Its last class had 15 students.
His collarbone severely fractured in the January 12
earthquake, Haitian journalist Yves
Adler Boissonniere needed considerable medical attention—care that he could not
get in his devastated country. With US$40 and a few gourdes (Haiti’s currency) in his pocket, Boissonniere
decided in late January to cross the border to the Dominican Republic
in hopes of getting care. Yet his situation remained exceedingly difficult: A
few dollars could not pay for the X-rays, examinations, and treatment he needed.
This week, Boissonniere’s prospects brightened
when he received grants from international organizations,
including CPJ, that will allow him to seek immediate care.
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