OTTAWA – Governor General Michaelle Jean broke down in tears today as she spoke of the devastating earthquake that has rocked her native Haiti.
Following an emergency briefing at Foreign Affairs headquarters, Jean delivered a prepared statement to cameras but struggled to compose herself as she spoke of the "heartbreaking" devastation wrought on Port-au-Prince.
"Like me, Haitian communities across Canada are heartbroken and overwhelmed by the magnitude of this catastrophe. The images and news reports are unbearable to watch," Jean said.
Jean expressed concern for her friend Hedi Annabi, the UN's special envoy, still unaccounted for, and thanked Canadian Amb. Gilles Rivard for his team's efforts on the ground. They had helped her during her visit to Haiti exactly a year ago just as Haitians were beginning to see "a glimmer of hope" after a series of hurricanes had battered their island.
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