Haiti Hit Hard by Back-to-Back Hurricanes

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CWN.org - The Caribbean nation of Haiti is no stranger to trouble. Extreme poverty and political turmoil have made it the poorest country in the western hemisphere. And the influence of voodoo keeps it people in spiritual bondage.

Click play for more on the situation from World Vision's Rose Kimeu

In recent weeks nature has taken its toll. Four storms -- two of them major hurricanes -- brought devastating winds and flood waters.

Today hundreds of thousands of people are in need of food, water, and shelter. Rain from hurricane Ike turned streets into rivers in towns in the north. A local church worker captured footage of believers crying out to God for rescue.

Pastor Robert Comb-pare says three bodies floated by his house during the storm. He and several children from his orphanage barely managed to escape the floods.

"In my church, the benches, the water washed them away, you know," he said. "Even the school, I have no benches. Nothing, absolutely nothing, Even the sound system - I lost everything. And also some members of my church, they have no houses. They have no food, they have no water."

Ike was the latest in a line of devastating storms that blew through Haiti in recent weeks. Every inch of the island has taken a pounding from the high winds and saturating rains.

"Normally when something like this happens there's just one area affected, like just the south or just the north, but with all of them at once there's no area that's left unscarred," he said.

Now hundreds of thousands are trying to survive. Missionary Joe Trimble hosts a Christian TV-show in Port-au-Prince.

"We have 600,000 homeless, half of those, over 300,000 are children," Trimble said. "There's no drinking water, there's no food, there's no clothing and most of them have lost their homes."

RIsing food prices had already made it difficult for many haitians to buy enough food to survive. now the storms have wiped out the few reamaining resources some families had left.

"We already have high food prices, they were already protesting that before the storms hit, well now we have lots of gardens that have been destroyed and animals that have washed away in the flooding," he said.

The world is responding to Haiti's crisis. a U.S. Navy warship has already brought in more than 100 tons of aid.

The UN, Christian relief groups, churches, and other non-government agencies are working together churches to get the aid to hardest his areas.

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