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5433: Two Americans Injured in Haiti (fwd)
Two Americans Injured in Haiti by MICHAEL NORTON Associated Press Writer
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Two Americans, including a Miami
television journalist, were injured Saturday when a group threw rocks at
them and shot at their car when they were driving through a Haitian
slum. Connie Hicks, 51, a reporter for Miami's ABC affiliate Channel 10
who was sitting in the front passenger seat, was hit by a rock that
fractured her cheekbone. A nurse who was seated in the back was injured
by broken glass. Another three Americans in the car were not injured.
They said a group of five men shot out the car's tires and threw rocks,
but did not take anything from them. The reason for the attack in the
coastal Port-au-Prince slum of Cite Soleil was not clear, and Hicks said
the men did not appear to specifically target them because they also
attacked a truck ahead of them. The men fled after the attack.
Hicks and cameraman Lenny Yeoman had come to Haiti to film a story on
the volunteer work of the three others in the car: nurse Michelle
Sidney,doctor Yves Jadesky and Regine Venry -- all naturalized U.S.
citizens born in Haiti. Jadesky is from Broward County, Florida. The
hometowns of the other two were not immediately known.
The five were headed to a clinic and orphanage in Leogane, about 18
miles west of Port-au-Prince, when the attack occurred.
Foreigners are rarely victimized in Haiti, but violent crime has surged
in the political tensions leading up the Nov. 26 elections, which former
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide is expected to win easily.