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Volunteers inside the NACC Receiving Center in Houston, on Sept. 25. Photo by Leonardo March

Guy Chevalier flew to Houston from his Orlando home on Sunday, eager to help his fellow Haitians, as a volunteer at the NACC Receiving Center. But he was one of more than a dozen volunteers who were not allowed in at midday. 

“We’re trying to figure out where all the Haitians are so we can assist as much as we can,” said Chevalier, a real estate broker. “It’s kind of frustrating because you come here and try to help, and they’re not able to give you any information.” 

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Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America corps member. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Haiti Liberte. Sam can be reached at sam@haitiantimes.com or on Twitter @sambojarski.