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Greeks in Haiti safe and well

Eleven Greeks and the Belgian husband of a Greek woman who were in the Caribbean country of Haiti when a deadly earthquake struck earlier this week are safe and well, Greece’s Foreign Ministry said yesterday. Officials said that the Spanish presidency of the European Union was arranging for the 12 to be flown out of Port-au-Prince, where it is estimated that there could be more than 100,000 dead, by tomorrow morning. More details about the 12 were not made available and it was not clear if there are anymore Greeks on the island. Greece said yesterday that it would donate 200,000 euros of emergency aid to Haiti. The Church of Greece’s Holy Synod expressed it support and said that collection trays would be passed around at all churches during Sunday services in order to raise money for the earthquake victims. The Church also noted that Haiti was the first country to recognize Greece as an independent state in 1822.