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Jan 13, 2010 11:54 PM by Jim Hummel

Haitian Students at UL Wait for Word from Home

For many in Acadiana, the images of devastation in Haiti may seem like a world away, for others though, the images on television hit painfully close to home, they are of home.

"We kept calling, no answer, same with my in-laws, we kept calling, we're still calling and no answer," said UL Lafayette Alumnus Fania Coradin.

After more than 24 hours of waiting, Coradin and her sister Eileen, who is a student at UL, finally received word from Haiti that their father and grandparents are safe. Coradin's husband Dino is still waiting to hear from his father.

"I'm still calling, I'm trying to find out, my Dad is old and I don't think he can handle too much of that," Dino Coradin said.

Cassandra Daguilh, and industrial engineering major at UL has spoken to her parents in Port au Prince. They told her Port au Prince as she knows it, is no more.

"My high school is gone, church where we used to go, hospital, everything gone, it's like [my] country doesn't exist anymore, it's hard," Daguilh said.

Those who have been able to get in touch with family and friends in Haiti, have only been able to do so very briefly, as communication in and out of the country is still a mess.

Jim Hummel

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