|Christian Musician Trapped In Haitian Rubble
18 January 2010
A Nashville TV station is reporting that Mark Stuart, former lead singer of the now retired Christian group, Audio Adrenaline, is trapped in the Caribbean town of Jacmel in Haiti.
A story posted on the WSMV TV Channel 4 website (www.wsmv.com), says, "Thirty miles southwest of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, it's a nightmare for residents of the Caribbean town of Jacmel. That's where a local musician is trapped.
"So far, most relief efforts have been focused in Port-au-Prince, where a 7.0 earthquake hit Tuesday."
In an interview with the TV station, Chris Cotton, a friend of Stuart, said, "It's hard, it's hard to see your friends in that situation, but truthfully, I know that he and his wife are there for a reason."
About a week ago, Stuart traveled to Haiti for mission work as a part of the Hands and Feet Project, a nonprofit he started.
"There's about 2,000 people who've died in collapsed buildings," Stuart told reporter Jonathan Martin via Skype.
He said that Jacmel can't get help because mountains that provided access to them have collapsed, and there's no relief for the thousands badly wounded.
"We had 20,000 injuries, and we don't have a banda ge at the hospital," said Stuart. "We're out of bandages, we're out of medicine and we're in a desperate situation."
Martin said that right now, various agencies are working to divert some ships and planes backed up in Port-au-Prince to Jacmel.
"If we don't get supplies in here quickly, you're going to see some major problems," said Stuart.
Stuart said frustration and desperation are growing, the smell is unbearable and people are sifting through debris to find their loved ones.
"They're having to saw their bodies in half just to get them out of the rubble because we have no equipment here," Stuart said.
Cotton said he and others in Nashville are working with local Rep. Jim Cooper's office to get Stuart and his wife Aegis back home to Franklin, Tennessee, where they live.
For more information on the Hands and Feet project, go to http://handsandfeetproject.org
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