Friday, January 15, 2010

Valley native reports from Haiti

Express Staff Writer

Former Ketchum resident and journalist Reed Lindsay, a correspondent for Telesur, a 24-hour Spanish-language television news network, is assembling a television crew to report on the earthquake in Haiti, where he lives.

A catastrophic 7.0 earthquake whose epicenter was 10 miles from Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital city, occurred on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Lindsay boarded a plane to Haiti and arrived on the afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 13.

"My house is standing," Lindsay said via an iPhone text from Port-au-Prince to his mother, Barbi Reed, in Ojai, Calif. "Many thousands dead. Bodies everywhere. Big buildings fell. Just piles of rubble. Decomposing bodies. People asleep in street or plazas afraid of aftershocks. Have not seen any aid yet."

Barbi Reed is the former owner of Anne Reed Gallery in Ketchum. Lindsay, 34, graduated from The Community School in 1994 and from Williams College in 1998.

In 2007, he founded the Wood River Valley-based nonprofit organization Friends of SODA, now known as the Honor and Respect Foundation. The organization raises awareness and financial support for grassroots groups based in poor communities in Haiti.

Monetary aid to assist Haitian relief efforts can be sent to the Honor and Respect Foundation at Box 1674, Hailey, ID 83333.

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