NEW YORK — Former US president and special UN envoy Bill Clinton was to travel to Haiti on Friday to coordinate aid efforts and meet with leaders of the country devastated in an earthquake last month.
Clinton, who was asked by UN chief Ban Ki-moon to help lead international aid efforts to the Caribbean nation, said he would meet Haitian leaders, visit the Gheskio medical clinic in Port-au-Prince, and deliver supplies.
"More than three weeks after the earthquake, the relief efforts in Haiti have been increasing to meet staggering needs, but the long road to recovery has just begun," Clinton said.
The Clinton Foundation in New York said the long-time UN special envoy to Haiti would be delivering "water, food, medical supplies, solar flash lights, portable radios, and generators donated by Home Depot (and) Walmart."
In addition to his UN role, Clinton has been asked by President Barack Obama to join former president George W. Bush in private fund raising efforts.
The January 12 earthquake devastated the desperately poor Caribbean nation, killing more than 200,000 people, leaving another 300,000 injured and a million homeless, according to authorities.
© AFP 2013