U.S. first lady Michelle Obama makes unannounced visit to Haiti

April 13th, 2010 - 11:11 pm ICT by BNO News  

Michelle Obama PORT-AU-PRINCE (BNO NEWS) — The first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama makes, is making an unannounced visit Tuesday to quake-devastated Haiti, the White House said.

First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice president Joe Biden’s wife Dr. Jill Biden, arrived in Port-au-Prince at 10:40 a.m. local time, taking a helicopter tour of the Haitian capital where more than a million people are homeless, many living underneath tents and tarps.

Their visit comes a day after Haitians acknowledged the three-month anniversary of the Jan. 12th, 7.0-magnitude earthquake that ripped through the capital and four smaller southern cities.

“First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden are visiting Haiti to underscore to the Haitian people and the Haitian government the enduring U.S. commitment to help Haiti recover and rebuild, especially as we enter the rainy and hurricane seasons, and to thank the women and men across the whole of the U.S. government for their extraordinary efforts in Haiti during the past three months,” the White House said.

“They will also reach out to the UN and international relief communities in recognition of the truly global effort underway to help Haiti.”

It’s Mrs. Obama’s first solo official trip since U.S. President Barack Obama took office last year. Mrs. Obama is scheduled to arrive in Mexico on Tuesday evening.

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