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US officials: American lives are priority, will help Haitians as needed

MIAMI — Hours after leaving Port-au-Prince Wednesday, Todd Robinson, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, said officials need to be more efficient in helping Haiti.

“It’s not a secret there’s a lot of fear in Port-au-Prince because of what’s going on and it’s understandable,” Robinson told The Haitian Times during a stop at the Little Haiti Cultural Center. “We all need to do better for ordinary Haitians.”

Haiti has been experiencing a severe fuel shortage for nearly one month because a gang took control of the Port-au-Prince port where gas comes in and is stored, on top of kidnappings that have skyrocketed following the assassination of the country presidents. 

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