Bill Clinton arrives in Haiti with supplies

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Former President Bill Clinton arrived in Haiti Monday with much needed medical supplies. He said the focus needs to be on keeping the sick and injured alive, and then look towards rebuilding the devastated nation. (Jan. 18)

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By William Booth
Washington Post Foreign Service
Monday, January 18, 2010; 3:38 PM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI -- Former president Bill Clinton on Monday visited the devastated Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, where he visited with hospital patients and helped deliver medicine.

"I wish every American could see this. It's astonishing what the Haitians have been able to accomplish, performing surgeries at night, with lights, with no anesthesia, using vodka to sterilize equipment," said Clinton, who was joined by daughter Chelsea.

"It's heartbreaking to see what has happened to Haiti," he said.

The former president is the United Nations' special envoy to Haiti and, along with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, has formed deep ties with the island nation over many years. The secretary of state visited Haiti on Saturday.

During his visit, Bill Clinton toured a courtyard where dozens of wounded Haitians lay on soiled gurneys or on the dirt, beside piles of bloodied sheets and garbage. He promised Haitians that he would not forget them.

"I will grow old and still work with you," he said.


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