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Feb 22, 2010 11:26 PM by John Romero

Local filmmaker returns from Haiti

Robbie Repola, a Colorado Springs filmmaker just returned from the earthquake torn country of Haiti where he spent a week capturing images from the ravaged nation. He tells us it's a trip he won't ever forget. "You go into one neighborhood and you look at it and it's bombed out. It looks like it's been bombed out with all of the rubble." he explains, "3 story buildings have been pancaked."

Because of limited supplies and space, once small cities such as Pignon where Repola stayed have nearly doubled in population. "That town's gone from 40,000 people to 100,000 people." Repola says. He talks about the makeshift tent cities many Haitians are forced to live in. Shockingly the only solid ground to live on is 5 feet of refuse in a landfill. "People are living with four sheets for their family of 6 to separate them from the family next door." he explains, "They're all hungry for food and it's very surreal."

But in the midst of all the despair, an outpouring of love and aid form all over the world. "To see that in motion... To see man standing up for man and to continue to fight totally affected me."
It's something that will stick with Repola forever, "It touches your heart for what humanity has left."

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