Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Michelle Obama, Jill Biden visit Haiti to show support

By Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald

PORT-AU-PRINCE — First lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden arrived Tuesday in earthquake-battered Haiti. The two landed at 10:40 a.m., taking a helicopter tour of the Haitian capital where more than one million people are homeless, many living underneath tents and tarps.

Their visit comes a day after Haitians acknowledged the three-month anniversary of the Jan. 12, 7.0-magnitude earthquake that ripped through the capital and four smaller southern cities.

The Obama administration released this statement about the visit, which was kept hush until the landing:

“First lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden are visiting Haiti to underscore to the Haitian people and the Haitian government the enduring U.S. commitment to help Haiti recover and rebuild, especially as we enter the rainy and hurricane seasons, and to thank the women and men across the whole of the U.S. government for their extraordinary efforts in Haiti during the past three months. They will also reach out to the U.N. and international relief communities in recognition of the truly global effort underway to help Haiti.”

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