Haiti devastated by earthquake

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Updated, 12:22 p.m., EST, 13 January 2010

I’ve added more relief agencies to the list at the bottom of the page; please donate whatever you can, the need is great. Thank you.

Also, the airport is functional, and rescue workers are arriving, as are American troops to assist in rescue, security and recovery.

The Haitian people have been devastated by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake. The epicenter was near Port au Prince, and relief efforts are underway. The United Nations Headquarters, the Presidential Palace, and many other buildings have been destroyed, and thousands are feared to have died; among them, UN peacekeepers from many nations. Click here for news from the BBC, and here for information from The New York Times.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Haitian people. We will provide updates as possible.

Here are some links to relief organizations currently active in helping earthquake victims in Haiti:

Red Cross

Save The Children

Unicef

Direct Relief International

Catholic Relief Services

American Jewish World Service

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