Families Wait to Hear From Loved Ones in Haiti

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Haiti's phone lines are still down and electricity is in short supply, making it almost impossible for Haitians in the U.S. to contact their loved ones.

Since Tuesday, Esther Pierre has been glued to her phone, hoping for word of her father and brother in Haiti.

"Spoke to my brother and father last week and that was by telephone so things were up and working then, but as far as two days ago, nothing, nothing," she said.

There is a piece of good news. Eednesday, she received a call from her sister's phone in Haiti.

"The connection couldn't go through but at least we saw the number and that was such light, it was a glimmer," Pierre said.

She is holding on to hope for her dad and brother, but the waiting game, as she calls it, is tough.

"You look at the images on TV and you just wonder--how are they surviving?' she said.

And Pierre's not sure how many days or even weeks it will take to make contact.

As she calls and waits, her sister in the states is working the social networks. Pierre is collecting clothes to be sent someday. She wishes she could send money, as she had in the past, but there's no where to send it.

While Pierre leans on her faith, she also admits she has many questions.

"In my prayers, you just wonder," she said. "You say 'Why God, why?' Because it's been a country that's been suffering so much."

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