From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Monday, April 02, 2007 8:15 AM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: [ELO] Mission: Haitian migrants endure three-week ordeal at sea; Southeast Florida bishop pledges support / Catalyst: Simply Christian
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Mission: Haitian migrants endure three-week ordeal at sea; Southeast Florida bishop pledges support
By Nan Cobbey
[ENS] Bishop Leo Frade of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida pledged March 31 to help resettle the 101 Haitian migrants who survived a three-week ordeal at sea to reach the shores of South Florida last week.
Jumping from a severely overloaded, dilapidated boat into the sea, many of the Haitians, including a 10-year-old and several teenagers, were exhausted and sick. One man died in the attempt. Eleven, found to be critically dehydrated, were taken to a hospital. All were taken into custody by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Miami and are expected to be deported.
"They were escaping misery and chaos in search of freedom and security," said Frade. "They were in search of a home where they could live with human beings, work to provide for their families and assist those relatives that they left behind in Haiti."
Last year, 769 Haitians were stopped by the Coast Guard after trying to enter the country from the waters of Florida, South Carolina and the Caribbean, according to the Associated Press. Haitian citizens caught in such patrols are generally deported.
Full story: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/79901_84604_ENG_HTM.htm
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