The Daily Northwestern – Local Haitians support distant relatives

The Daily Northwestern – Local Haitians support distant relatives
By Brittney Wong

Published: Friday, February 19, 2010

After the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti, Judith Francois didn’t know if her brother or her grandmother were alive for five days. “It was devastating,” the Rogers Park resident said. “Everyone was just scared.” A relative eventually told Francois her family was safe. They were physically fine, but after her brother’s school collapsed, they slept outside to avoid getting trapped during an aftershock. Fortunately, Francois, 24, had family here for emotional support. Her parents own Sweet Nick’s Caribbean, 741 Howard St., a small Haitian eatery filled with the faint odor of fried pastries and black bean rice. She and her family members are part of the estimated 5,000 Haitians who live on the North Side, a population that started receiving national attention due to their fundraising efforts after the disaster. CLICK TO READ MORE.

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