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Alum in Haiti describes quake aftermath

Starry Sprenkle and family
Thankful their home wasn't damaged, Starry Sprenkle, left, with husband, Dr. Erlantz Hyppolite, and daughter, Jasmine, nonetheless sit outside a few days after the quake, afraid to go in at night. (Photo courtesy of Starry Sprenkle)

"Slowly but surely" aid is reaching the ravaged population of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, says Starry Sprenkle, a 2004 UC Santa Cruz graduate who has been doing field work in the country for four years.

UC Santa Cruz obtained an exclusive interview with Sprenkle, in which she reports first-hand on the devastation and aftermath following the catastrophic January 12 quake. [More]

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