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01-16-10, 12:03 PM #1
Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to join forces to raise funds for HaitiPresident Obama announced Saturday that President George W. Bush and President Clinton have agreed to lead an effort to raise funds for Haiti.Clinton, who is the United Nations special envoy to Haiti, said he wants to accomplish a fundraising effort like the one he organized with President George H.W. Bush after the Asian tsunami in 2005.
"Right now, all we need to do is get food and medicine and water and a secure place for them to be," he said.
American officials announced that the massive search and rescue operation would continue through the weekend, and medical resources began to trickle in as the number of the quake's injured mounted.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is slated to arrive in Haiti on Saturday. Clinton, the highest ranking U.S. official to witness the devastation firsthand, will be accompanied by USAID chief Rajiv Shah. She will focus her trip on speeding the relief and recovery effort.
Shah said the United States had mobilized $48 million worth of food assistance, enough to help 2 million Haitians for several months. But he said physical and logistical impediments are hampering aid delivery.
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