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Oklahoma City man returns from Haiti

BY SUSAN SIMPSON Modified: January 15, 2010 at 4:19 am •  Published: January 15, 2010

An Oklahoma City man said he was fortunate to survive Haiti’s deadly earthquake this week when so many others in the impoverished nation did not.

Humphreys Munai, an employee of the nonprofit organization World Neighbors, returned to Oklahoma City on Thursday afternoon after a 48-hour ordeal to escape the devastated country.

He said he likely is alive because he was not at his hotel when the massive quake struck, but at a hospital built to withstand natural disasters.

"We could see the buildings going down and the dust rising up. We walked back to the hotel, and it was gone,” Munai said after reuniting with his family at Will Rogers World Airport.

Conditions in Haiti are horrendous and worsening because of lack of medical aid, food and water, he said.

"It is terrible,” he said. "There are bodies all over the place.”

Munai and another World Neighbors employee from Guatemala were able to leave the country by driving hours on treacherous roads to the Dominican Republic, where they talked their way across the border. They were able to fly out of an airport there.

Munai arrived in Oklahoma City to a gathering of family, friends and co-workers. His wife, Judith, shrieked "There he is, there he is!” as he exited the terminal. They embraced for a long moment, tears streaming down their faces.

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Donations can be made to World Neighbors at or mailed to 4127 NW 122, Oklahoma City, OK 73120.

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