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Haitian ASU student awaits word from family

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A Haitian man who's studying at Albany State University nervously waits  for word from his family.

He hasn't been able to reach his parents and cousins in Haiti since the quake.

Herns Mesamours says he's tried to call and e-mail his family time after time. Since no form of communication works in Haiti, he has no way of knowing if his family is dead or alive.

Mesamours moved to the United states in 2007. In the mix of his studies, he never dreamed he'd have to worry about his family being part of one the worst natural disasters Haitians have experienced.

"A lot of people try to call family in Haiti," Mesamours said. "Haiti only has one station radio working in Haiti-only one."

Mesamours used to talk to his mom and dad every week.He says he's lucky to have his wife and five-year-old who live with him in Albany, but he can't help but think about what his parents have lost. He says they're hard workers who always cared for other people.

His mother sold items on the streets of Port-au-Prince which are now full of disaster and confusion.

"It's a really bad situation and I don't think in one or two years they will fix something," Mesamours said. 

His family grew up with very little but he says he misses his parents and cousins. He hopes his niece will come out alive similar to a man's niece crews rescued underneath rubble.

"I can do nothing but I have to pray for the nation and family to see what we can do," Mesamours said.

He'll do all he can to find out if his family's condition. Even before this disaster, Haiti was one of the world's poorest countries. Mesamours plans to use his management degree to help Haiti's economy grow.

Mesamours plans to return to Haiti in a few years to put his education to use.

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