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Bill Clinton Urges Americans to Donate to Haiti

Friday, 15 January 2010 09:22 AM

Former President Bill Clinton, who has partnered with former President George W. Bush to lead the country's long-term humanitarian and recovery efforts in Haiti, is urging Americans to donate money to relief groups to help bring aid to the devastated Caribbean nation.

"You've seen the pictures," Clinton said in an interview late Thursday with The Washington Post. "The streets are full of the wounded, the orphaned and the dead. It's a devastating, devastating thing."

Clinton, who also serves as the United Nations special envoy to Haiti, blitzed the network morning shows on Friday from his home in Chappaqua, N.Y., saying he and Bush are committed to helping earthquake-ravaged Haiti "build back better."

President Obama has tapped his two immediate predecessors to head the recovery, a partnership similar to one that Clinton and former President George H. W. Bush formed following the 2004 Asian tsunami.

Clinton and the younger Bush will help raise money in the United States, from their supporters and ordinary citizens alike, and funnel funds towards the most constructive rebuilding programs. They will be responsible for private sector fundraising, which will supplement the $100 million in federal aid Obama announced Thursday. Clinton and Bush also plan to keep a spotlight on Haiti's recovery over the months and years to come.

"Once we get through this, the worst phase, and find the living and find the dead and try to preserve them so that their families can bury them, which is really important -- then we can start cleaning up the place and resume this development program," Clinton said in the interview, referencing projects that were launched before the earthquake by his charitable foundation and other groups in Haiti.

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