Friday, January 15 2010 12:27 AM EST2010-01-15 05:27:26 GMT
Among the thousands still missing in the rubble are four Haitian artists with East Texas ties. The artists are all faced with physical handicaps, but have learned to profit from their work thanks to the Global Art Initiative.More >>
LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Haitian native Emmy Charlot could hardly believe the images she saw of her home country.
"Oh my goodness!" said Charlot, a biology major at LeTourneau University. "These are my people. I feel like every Haitian is an extended part of my family."
After hours of calling, she was finally able to find her family in the aftermath.
"Last night, I was able to reach my mom, finally, after trying for the past two days," she said. "Tears were falling down my face. I was like, 'Mom, is that really your voice? Are you OK?'"
But, she was not spared from loss.
"A lot of my friends are missing, and they haven't been able to find them, and the ones they have been able to find, three of them are dead," she said. "I knew their family. We grew up in the same town and went to the same church."
She feels the pain of her countrymen, and the helplessness from being so far away.
"Right now, I'm just saying, 'God, why Haiti? Why all this to a country so poor?" said Charlot. "It's just been really hard and depressing for me to be living in the states where I am privileged to so many things. I've been hurt with all this and I've been hurt more than you will ever imagine that you could possibly be hurt."
Supported by her LeTourneau classmates, Charlot turns to the only thing she knows to do.
"All I can do right now is pray and pray and pray," she said.
Charlot is more determined than ever now, to finish her education and become a doctor so she can go home to help people in the future.
Friday, May 17 2013 7:33 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:33:11 GMT
A six-vehicle wreck brought east bound I-20 to a standstill for most of the afternoon Friday. It happened around 1:30 near the Barber Road exit in Smith County. One woman was so close to the accidentMore >>
A six-vehicle wreck brought east bound I-20 to a standstill for most of the afternoon Friday. It happened around 1:30 near the Barber Road exit in Smith County.More >>
A New York City artist has turned his neighbors across the street into subjects for his latest exhibit.More >>
In one photo, a woman is on all fours, presumably picking something up, her posterior pressed against a glass window. Another photo shows a couple in bathrobes, their feet touching beneath a table. And there is one of a man,...More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:14 AM EDT2013-05-18 04:14:44 GMT
There was some controversy at an East Texas school district special board meeting on Friday night, after the school decided to cut several faculty and staff positions.Several employees of Winona ISD wereMore >>
Winona ISD officials say that at the beginning of the decision-process, as many as 15-20 positions were being considered for removal.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:09 AM EDT2013-05-18 14:09:50 GMT
A train derailment was reported near the Bridgeport and Fairfield city lines Friday night. Few details have been released on the derailment, but the incident was reported around 6:30 p.m. in the area ofMore >>
Dozens of passengers and employees were among those injured when two Metro-North trains collided near a station in Fairfield Friday night.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:30 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:30:12 GMT
It might be 60 or 70 years later, but residents at Greenhill Villas of Mount Pleasant nursing home haven't forgotten how to have fun at prom. "It's been a long time since I've been through something likeMore >>
It might be 60 or 70 years later, but residents at Greenhill Villas of Mount Pleasant nursing home haven't forgotten how to have fun at prom.More >>