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Catholic Relief Services Praises U.S. Role in Haiti Relief

Catholic Relief Services Praises U.S. Role in Haiti Relief

3 February 2010

Catholic Relief Services Praises U.S. Role in Haiti Relief, February 3, 2010

The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See welcomed a visit on February 3 from the country director of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Haiti, Karel Zelenka.  On February 4, Mr. Zelenka granted an interview to Vatican Radio. In both discussions,  Mr. Zelenka described CRS’ work in Haiti to help earthquake survivors. Responding to a question about the role of the United States military in the relief effort, Mr. Zelenka said: “Only thanks to the U.S. Marines, we were able to work at the Golf Club of Petionville. With a population of 60,000 people – it was unsafe.[…]The distributions could not have taken place without the Marines providing security.” The Vatican Radio interviewer, Charles Collins, asked how the international community could advance relief efforts, and Mr. Zelenka responded, “It’s not a question of money or tangible resources. It’s more a question of organization and logistics, and it’s limited there. It’s just the nature of the country. Remember that before the earthquake, there was hardly any infrastructure to speak of.” Ambassador Diaz thanked Mr. Zelenka for his informative visit and, on behalf of the U.S. Government, wished him and all the CRS team success in their work in Haiti. To support Haiti relief efforts, the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See is also organizing a fundraiser concert.

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