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February 18th, 2010
06:00 AM ET

8 freed by Haitian judge arrive in Florida

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Missionaries (L-R) Corinna Lankford, Carla Thompson, Drew Culberth, Steve McMullen and Paul Thompson arrive at Miami International Airport February 17, 2010."]

Miami, Florida (CNN) - Eight U.S. missionaries who were detained for almost three weeks in Haiti on child kidnapping charges arrived in Miami, Florida, late Wednesday night after a judge ordered them freed.

The group arrived at Miami International Airport on a U.S. Air Force C-130 cargo plane from the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince.

"It feels great for him to be back from Haiti," said Hiram Sasser, who represents one of the men, Jim Allen. "It's great that the attention will return to where it should be back on the people of Haiti."

The freed Americans were among 10 charged with kidnapping and criminal association for trying to take 33 children out of Haiti after a magnitude-7.0 earthquake devastated the impoverished country on January 12.

The group said it was trying to help the children get to a safe place and wanted to establish an orphanage in the Dominican Republic. The eight were released without the need to post bond.

Lawyer Gary Lissade, who also represents Allen, said the fact that the judge was releasing the Americans on their own recognizance may indicate that the charges will be eventually dropped. FULL STORY

Filed under: Haiti • World
February 11th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Haiti judge could rule in Americans' case

(CNN) - A Haitian judge could rule Thursday on whether to release 10 Americans detained in Port-au-Prince on child abduction charges, an attorney for one of the Americans said.

The judge has investigated the case against the group thoroughly, Hiram Sasser, director of the Liberty Legal Institute, told CNN's "American Morning," and the testimony of Haitians in the case "really exonerated Jim [Allen] and the others."

Allen is among 10 missionaries charged a week ago with kidnapping children and criminal association for trying to take 33 children out of Haiti without proper documentation following the January 12 magnitude-7.0 earthquake there.

His wife, Lisa Allen, said Thursday she has suffered "horrific anxiety" since the detentions. "I'm confident that the people of Haiti will do the right thing and bring Jim home," she said. FULL STORY

Filed under: Crime • Haiti
February 11th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Saving Haiti at any cost

It's been a month since the earthquake hit Haiti. While the death toll now tops 200,000, many victims with critical injuries have been saved thanks to hospitals here in the United States.

But that care comes with a price. Our Dr. Sanjay Gupta is in Port-au-Prince and reports on a relief fund that is reimbursing U.S. hospitals for caring for Haiti's quake victims.

Full coverage: Haiti earthquake

Filed under: Haiti
February 10th, 2010
12:04 PM ET

Inside TB quarantine tents

CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta takes us inside the quarantine tents of Port-au-Prince.

Filed under: Haiti
February 9th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Dr. Gupta: 'My mind never left Haiti'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Dr. Sanjay Gupta in Port-au-Prince hospital."]

By Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN Medical Chief Correspondent

When I told my wife I wanted to go back to Haiti, she had the reaction I expected. “The girls really missed you when you were gone last time,” she said. “I am worried that you lost too much weight down there,” she added. And, “what about your safety, physical and mental well being?” she concluded. They were all the reactions I expected.

The car was then silent as we were driving through our neighborhood on a rainy Saturday morning. In that quiet, we both realized something essential. I knew she was right, on all counts. And, still, she knew it was the right thing to do. She was the first to speak and break the silence. “Truth is, I would go with you,” she whispered. “I would like to help as well.”

I thought about that conversation a lot on the middle-of-the-night flight to Florida, a connection to Santa Domingo at 3 a.m. and then finally the early morning arrival in Port-au-Prince. She has seen the images on television of the unfathomable suffering over the last month, and she was affected by it in more ways that I realized.

Over the few days I was home, we hardly talked about what I had seen in Haiti. I felt the need to protect her from those stories, some of which I may never share with anyone – and she was cognizant of the desire to not re open the emotional images. She also knew that while I was physically home, my mind never left Haiti.

Keep reading this story »

Filed under: Haiti
February 9th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Survivor found in rubble four weeks after Haiti quake

Nearly four weeks after the earthquake in Haiti, an amazing rescue.

28-year-old Evan Muncie was pulled from the rubble yesterday where he may have been buried since the quake hit. He was emaciated and severely dehydrated, but alive. So, how did he beat near-impossible odds?

Our chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta is in Port-au-Prince with the incredible story.

Filed under: Haiti
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