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Heroes Actor Jimmy-Jean Louis Visits Family in Haiti


Heroes Actor Jimmy-Jean Louis Visits Family in Haiti

While many Hollywood celebrities are donating money to Haiti after last week’s 7.0 earthquake, which is the greatest earthquake recorded in the world in 200 years, actor Jimmy-Jean Louis traveled to his native country to visit his parents and family.  While they are having a hard time coping with the disaster, Louis told his family is safe.

The “Heroes” star also said that initially he feared his family was dead.  But when Louis discovered they were indeed alive, they made peace with the fact that he was going to visit them.  When they reunited, it was very emotional, he said, but also very nice that they could be together.

On the conditions in the country, Louis said the scene is so horrific and graphic, it’s something he hopes no one ever has to see again.  “The bodies in the streets become like a piece of garbage, the way they treat them.”  Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive stated that over 70,000 bodies have been buried in mass graves so far, which Louis has confirmed.  The actor said the government is burning so many bodies that the smell is becoming as natural as the smell of flowers.

But Louis also hopes people realize the damage hasn’t just affected Port-Au-Prince, the nation’s capital, where all of the journalists are reporting from.  “…the same earthquake went miles and miles and miles around to hit three, four, five other big cities.  It’s just that people can’t make it yet to the next city,” he said.

Written by: Karen Benardello

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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