How to help Typhoon Haiyan survivors

By Christopher Dawson and Jennifer Grubb, CNN
updated 10:21 AM EST, Mon November 11, 2013
A woman mourns her dead son at a chapel in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, eastern island of Leyte on November 9, 2013.
A woman mourns her dead son at a chapel in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, eastern island of Leyte on November 9, 2013.

  • Relief organizations are accessing needs, but there are ways to help now
  • Typhoon Haiyan left utter devastation and thousands of casualties in the Philippines
  • Recovery will be long for victims of this deadly storm

(CNN) — The stories coming out of the Philippines are unimaginable. Rushing water and wind tearing children away from their parents’ arms. A death toll that may reach 10,000. A city of 200,000 in which no buildings appear to have survived intact.

One of the most intense typhoons on record, Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) left catastrophic destruction behind.

If you’re looking for someone missing in the Philippines, or if you have information about someone there, has launched the Typhoon Yolanda Person Finder. A Google crisis map has also been added to detail evacuation centers and areas designated for relief.

Charities and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) from around the world are responding to this disaster. Many are detailed below with how they’re providing aid and how you can help them make a difference.

Emergency support

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has deployed rescue and relief teams to evaluate the damage in the areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. You can donate to the Philippine Red Cross by selecting the Supertyphoon Yolanda campaign on their donation page. TheInternational Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies(IFRC) and Red Cross networks from around the world are supporting the Philippine Red Cross. Many have created specific funds for this disaster, including the American Red CrossCanadian Red Cross and the British Red Cross.

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is working with local authorities, the Filipino Jewish community and their global partners to assist in providing for survivors’ immediate needs. You can support their efforts online or by phone at 1-212-687-6200.

CARE‘s emergency response teams are coordinating with local partners in the Philippines to provide food, water, shelter and health care for those in need. Their teams in Vietnam are preparing for the potential need there as Typhoon Haiyan continues its devastation. You can support CARE’s efforts on their website, or by phone at 1-800-521-2273 within the United States or +1-404-681-2252 outside the U.S.

Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the U.S., is on the ground helping with water purification, shelter materials and essential living supplies. You can donate to the organization’s efforts online or you can call 1-877-435-7277. You can also type in your phone number on the website and a representative will call you back to take your donation.

Convoy of Hope‘s Global Disaster Response Team has shipping containers full of food and supplies on the way to the Philippines. The organization is preparing more supplies to be sent like canned goods, hygiene kits and water filtration units. You can visit Convoy of Hope’s website to donate funds to their efforts or call 1-417-823-8998.

Mercy Corps is preparing to deliver food, water, temporary shelter and other basic supplies to devastated areas throughout the Philippines. You can support the organization by donating through their websitePayPal, or by calling 1-888-747-7440.

Oxfam America aid teams are on the ground in northern Cebu, northern and eastern Samar and Leyte, in the Eastern Visayas region in the Philippines. They’re working to provide immediate access to water and sanitation materials. You can support this effort by donating online to their Typhoon Haiyan Relief and Recovery Fund, or by phone at 1-800-776-9326.

Adventist Development and Relief Agency‘s (ADRA) emergency response team is working in Manila and in the province of Bohol to provide food, emergency relief and medical aid to those in need. They have launched an emergency appeal that you can supportonline or by phone at 1-800-424-2372.

Food and water

The World Food Programme was already providing emergency food assistance in the Philippines following the October earthquake. With these emergency food stocks stretched thin, they’re now mobilizing additional supplies and are flying in 40 tons of fortified biscuits in the coming days. Additional food supplies are needed. You can help these efforts by donating online or by calling 1-202-747-0722 domestically or +39-06-65131 for international calls.

Samaritan’s Purse has sent disaster relief specialists, including water and nutrition experts, to the Philippines to deliver immediate aid. They have launched the Philippines Emergency Relief fund for this disaster, which you can support online or by phone at 1-828-262-1980.

World Vision is responding in the Philippines by first providing emergency food and clean water. They will also work to create child-friendly spaces and help families rebuild from this disaster. They have launched a Philippines Disaster Response Fund that you can support online or by calling 1-888-511-6443.

Action Against Hunger is on the ground providing drinking water and survival kits containing buckets, soap and chlorine tablets. They’re also working to distribute sanitation equipment to prevent outbreaks of waterborne diseases. They’re requesting assistance and you can help by donating online or by calling 1-877-777-1420.


ShelterBox was already in the Philippines providing shelter after the 7.2 earthquake that hit Bohol on October 15. They are now expanding their operations to provide tents and essential equipment for families left homeless after Typhoon Haiyan. You can support their work in the Philippines either online or by calling 1-941-907-6036.

Habitat for Humanity is already providing help to 30,000 families with shelter repair kits to rebuild their damaged homes. You can support this work by donating from the Philippines to their Re-Build Philippines Fund or from the U.S. by contributing to their Disaster Response Fund. You can also make a donation by phone at 1-800-HABITAT.

Architecture for Humanity is mobilizing to assist with post-disaster reconstruction and the organization’s working with local architects to identify the most critical rebuilding needs. You can support their Super Typhoon Haiyan Response online, by calling 1-415-963-3511 or by texting REBUILD to 85944 to make a $10 donation from your mobile phone.

Medical assistance

Americares has an emergency shipment on the way to the Philippines with enough medical aid for 20,000 survivors, including antibiotics, wound care supplies and pain relievers. You can support Americares with an online donation or by calling 1-800-486-4357.

International Medical Corps has pre-positioned medical supplies and their team is on the ground coordinating with their partners in the Philippines to distribute and provide medical aid. You can support their Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Response fund online or by calling 1-800-481-4462.

More than 1.5 tons of emergency medicine and medical supplies are en route to the Philippines from Direct Relief. The supplies include antibiotics, pain relievers, nutritional supplements, antifungal medications, wound dressings and chronic disease medicines. You can call in your donation by dialing 1-805-964-4767 or you can goonline to support the organization.

Helping children

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is helping children and their families in the Philippines receive shelter, clean water, nutrition and vaccines. Their emergency response can be supported online or by calling 1-800-367-5437. You can also donate directly to UNICEF in the Philippines here.

Save the Children is offering disaster relief support for children in the Philippines, Laos and Vietnam after Typhoon Haiyan. You can support their Philippines Annual Monsoon and Typhoon Children in Emergency Fund online. You can also donate by phone at 1-800-728-3843.

Emergency response teams from ChildFund Internationalprepositioned supplies, including emergency kits and tents, and made arrangements with local suppliers to access food and non-food relief supplies. The organization is also preparing to setup child- centered spaces where kids can feel safe. Donate to ChildFund online to help children cope and recover confidence after this disaster.

Teams from Plan are also on the ground responding to the needs of children and their families. Their priorities are vulnerable youngsters and communities in rural locations. You can support their appeal on their website.

Colombia ~ Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown Sunday @ 9 pm ET on CNN

The public face of Colombia has changed immensely over the past ten years and is still changing for the better. Tony will explore several regions of the country from the mountains down to the Caribbean coast to the coca leaf growing inlands formerly controlled by drug cartels.

Don’t fear Colombia, enjoy it

I’d thought my unconditional love for Colombia was well established there. I’d visited for speaking engagements. I’d made a giddily enthusiastic episode of a previous series in Medellin and Cartagena. I’d waxed poetically and often about how well I’ve always been treated, how thrilling it is to see how far the country has come from its bad old days.

I’m a fan of its people, its music, its food and its disarmingly injured pride.

But coming out of the remote jungle village of Miraflores, I made a mistake.

I tweeted a photo of myself standing under a shade tree surrounded by young Colombian military recruits.

My old friend and Top Chef colleague Tom Colicchio tweeted right back: “Too soon” — connecting the appearance of machine guns with the then recent Newtown massacre.

I tweeted back that “this is what it looks like in FARC country.”

Of course I meant “territory recently controlled by the FARC,” the unpleasant Marxist guerilla group who’d been terrorizing Colombia for decades with kidnappings, assassinations and worse. They operate hand in glove with the cartels — essentially shaking them down and providing them with protection — in return for funds. And, indeed, not too long before I arrived at the dirt airstrip, merchants in the small town are said to have accepted payment for basic goods and services with coca paste.

Now, Miraflores is swarming with army and police. The FARC, by almost all accounts, have been beaten back significantly.

The phrase “FARC country” was not, however, interpreted as intended, as meaning an area, a neighborhood, a territory once under FARC control. Not in Colombia.

Colombians were outraged.

“I do NOT live in FARC country” and “How come you glorify those bastards?” were common responses. The twittersphere blew up with pissed off, deeply offended Colombians reading second-hand reports of what I was believed to have said. Many misidentified the young soldiers in the photo as being guerillas.

Our fixers and drivers were very, very unhappy — in the uncomfortable position of being closely associated with someone (me) who was (for the next couple of days, anyway) widely thought to be a FARC sympathizer.

Things bled into the print media, and it was a tough couple of days.

It was a clumsy, ill-worded and foolish thing for me to have done.

Colombia is NOT, for the record, “a FARC country.” Far from it.

As I should well have known, the struggle between the FARC, the cartels and various right-wing militias has been deeply felt by nearly every Colombian family. Opinions — even perceived opinions — can have consequences. Just about everybody you talk to — even in a present day Colombia that is much, much safer and secure — has lost someone to violence from one side or the other.

Colombians — more than anyone — have paid a terrible price in lives for the world’s seemingly bottomless appetite for cocaine, and for the greed of a relative few. And if you ever wondered “how come they don’t get a handle on things down there,” all you need to do is look at the place. The country is huge. It is about 70% sparsely populated (and gorgeous) jungle, mountains and coastline opening up onto both the Caribbean and the Pacific. It is ideologically divided. And it has neighbor problems. Venezuela next door has been all too happy to provide safe haven and even covert military assistance to the FARC. Panama’s Darien Gap offers some of the world’s most impenetrable jungles.

Colombia has been very successful in recent years in its war on cartel- and FARC-related violence. But the ludicrous futility of any fully successful “war on drugs” is apparent with a single look out of a plane window.

In spite of all its painful history, Colombia is emerging as what SHOULD be a vacation wonderland.

Have I said yet how beautiful the place is? It’s incredible.

It’s fun. And, yes, it’s safe. Every day, more so.

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Cartagena has some of the most beautiful colonial architecture you’re likely to find anywhere in Latin America. A great bar scene. Amazing food and architecture.

Medellin is a modern, sophisticated, enormously enjoyable place to spend time. It’s as far from its image as a murder capital as you can imagine.

And people are heartbreakingly welcoming and happy to see visitors who have come to their beautiful country for something other than to talk about narcos and violence.

Cali is a party town to rival Miami. The beaches along the coasts are as unspoiled as your wildest fantasies.

And yet many people still don’t go.

I would urge you to put aside the stereotypes.

If you want to find bad people in Colombia, you can surely find them, as you could in New York or Los Angeles. But nowhere have my crew and I been treated better or with more kindness and generosity. I’d bring my family on vacation there in a heartbeat. And hope to soon. As I said before: Colombians are proud. Let them show you what they are proud of.

That said, this week’s Colombia episode of ‘Parts Unknown’ marks another great moment in Bourdainian stupidity.

Faithful viewers of my previous program on that other, less good network, might remember my previous misadventure on an ATV. You’d think I would have learned from that experience, a long barrel roll down a sand dune wrapped around a few hundred pounds of metal and machinery. I was very, very lucky to have emerged from that experience with limbs and skull intact. That maybe I’d be smart enough to realize that maybe off road vehicles were just not for me.


In Colombia, I saddled up once again, and as you’ll see managed to fly off the seat, drive my head straight into the ground (helmet-less, of course) and (my producers insist) somehow succeed in running over my own head.

Though I was “out” for a brief microsecond there, I remember bounding to my feet, unwilling to be embarrassed by the glaringly obvious: I should have worn the helmet they offered. I should have driven more carefully. I probably shouldn’t have been — given my record — driving the damn thing at all.

Comedy Gold.

Source: CNN – Parts Unknown

Catalina Escobar – Fundación Juan Felipe Gómez Escobar – Top 10 CNN Hero

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(CNN) — For the past six years, CNN has been honoring everyday people who are changing the world.

The tradition continues December 2, when the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2012 will be recognized at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

“CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” will air live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on CNN’s global networks. The show, hosted by Anderson Cooper, celebrates the year’s top 10 CNN Heroes, who each receive a $50,000 grant for their extraordinary efforts to improve the lives of others.

At the end of the show, Cooper will announce the CNN Hero of the Year. The Hero of the Year is chosen by the public, and he or she will receive an additional $250,000 to continue their work. Votes can be cast now through November 28 at Votes can also be cast on a mobile device.

Hey, check this out from CNN: #DaniaSuarez puede estar tranquila. Rep. Lee le asegura su vida no corre peligro.

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Help en route to tornado victims – CNN Impact your World

A tornado swept through Henryville, Indiana, 20 miles north of Louisville, leveling neighborhoods, sending school buses into buildings and demolishing businesses.

By Julie Hays, CNN
updated 12:51 PM EST, Sat March 3, 2012
Disaster Relief organizations are mobilizing to help victims and begin cleanup

Estudiantes de Miami protestan por deportación de colombiana

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Michael Wildes on CNN about the deportation matter of Daniela Pelaez, March 2, 2012

Los estudiantes de una escuela secundaria de Miami protestaron por la orden de salida voluntaria de Estados Unidos de su compañera Daniela Peláez, de 18 años y de origen colombiano, la cual fue emitida por un juez de Inmigración.

Con pancartas con el lema “No deporten a nuestro futuro”, “Justicia para Daniela” y “Paren las deportaciones” los jóvenes manifestaron en los alrededores de la escuela Nort Miami Senior High en apoyo a Peláez.

“Estamos luchando por una niña que (…) el Gobierno decidió deportarle. Una niña representante de las aspiraciones de los sueños de todos nosotros inmigrantes en este país, pero con los mismos derechos de los ciudadanos nacidos aquí”, dijo el superintendente de la Junta Escolar, Alberto Carvalho.
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Rescuers in Colombia dig for victims of landslide

Mudslides in western Colombia after days of heavy rain killed at least 36 people at the weekend and dozens are still missing

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Gregorio Uribe Big Band – “CARIBE CONTIGO”

Sensación Colombiana, Escuchalo !

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Help Japan with ‘CNN Scan It’ Online – Donate through your Smart phone

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USA Elections 2010

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Almost everything there is to know about the U.S Midterm Elections in November 2nd.

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Ecuador Police Riot

Police in Ecuador protest the government’s cancellation of bonuses and promotions. CNN’s Rafael Romo reports.
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Sublevacion en Ecuador – En vivo

Habla el presidente Rafael Correa y dice que sale como presidente o como cadáver del hospital en el que se encuentra. Informe de CNN (30 de septiembre)
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Un muerto y 120 heridos deja accidente de avión en la isla de San Andrés – Lista de personas ilesas

La aeronave, de la compañía Aires, se partió en tres cuando aterrizaba en el aeropuerto Gustavo Rojas Pinilla, al parecer, tras ser impactada por un rayo. En el siniestro, registrado a la 1:49 a.m. de este lunes, falleció una mujer y una niña resultó gravemente herida.

En el avión, un Boeing 737-700 que cubría la ruta Bogotá-San Andrés, viajaban 127 personas, 121 pasajeros y 6 tripulantes.

Como consecuencia del accidente falleció Amar Fernández de Barreto, al parecer de un paro cardíaco, mientras que más de cien pasajeros fueron atendidos en dos hospitales de la isla.

Lista de personas ilesas (LEA MAS)

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“San Andres Miracle” – Aires plane broke into pieces as it landed

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Obama honors CNN Hero who cooks meals for homeless people, Colombian citizen Jorge Muñoz

President Obama awards Jorge Munoz the Presidential Citizens Medal at the White House on Wednesday.President Obama awards Jorge Munoz the Presidential Citizens Medal at the White House on Wednesday.

  • One of the 13 recipients is Jorge Munoz, a former CNN Hero who delivers free food to needy.

(CNN) — Jorge Munoz, a former CNN Hero who distributes free home-cooked meals to needy people in New York, was honored by President Obama on Wednesday.

Munoz was one of 13 everyday Americans who received the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second-highest civilian honor, behind the Medal of Freedom.

Awarded at the sole discretion of the president, the Citizens Medal recognizes those who have performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or fellow citizens.

“What unites these citizens — what makes them special — is the determination they share to find a wrong and right it; to see a need and meet it; to recognize when others are suffering and take it upon themselves to make a difference,” Obama said. “These honorees’ lives stand as shining examples of what it means to be an American. And today, we have an opportunity to tell their stories; to say thank you; and to offer them a small token of our appreciation.”

This year’s recipients come from across the country. Munoz, a school bus driver in New York, was a CNN Hero in 2009.

Every day for the past six years, Munoz has been preparing and distributing free meals under an elevated train in Jackson Heights, Queens. His clientele includes the homeless and the unemployed.

“When I see these guys on the street,” Munoz said last year, “it’s like seeing me 20-something years ago when I came to this country.”

Munoz, born in Colombia, became a legal U.S. resident in 1987 and later became a citizen along with his mother and sister.

“Jorge Munoz recognizes that we all have a stake in one another,” the White House said. “By giving his time, energy and resources to feeding the hungry, he has demonstrated the enduring American values of sacrifice and kindness.”

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Colombia: Bicentenario

La historiadora Diana Uribe nos detalla los relatos de la gesta de la independencia. Entrevista de CNN por Claudia Palacios (18 de julio)

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Health care latest: Obama says House made ‘the right vote’

The House passed on Sunday the Senate’s health care reform bill and a package of measures meant to reconcile differences between the Senate bill and the one it passed last year.

Here’s the latest on what’s happening:

11:48 p.m.: President Obama says that the House’s vote on health care “wasn’t an easy vote but it was the right vote.”

Speaking from the East Room of the White House, the president, who made health care reform a priority for his administration, said the vote wasn’t a victory for a political party but for the American people.

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Hope for Haiti – Telethon

Hope for Haiti Telethon

Hope for Haiti Telethon

  • Find your Loved Ones

The U.S. State Department has set up a hotline for information on family members who may be in Haiti: (888) 407.4747.
This number is for information on U.S. citizens in Haiti only. For all Nationalities, you can use their online Person Finder Tool.
• Are you searching for a family member or friend?
Upload their photo on iReport

  • Texting Donations
You can also text donations for Haiti relief from your cell phone. In addition to your donation amount, standard text messaging fees will apply.

Red Cross: Text HAITI to 90999 ($10 donation)
UNICEF: Text UNICEF to 20222 ($10 donation)
Clinton Foundation: Text HAITI to 20222 ($10 donation)
Yele Haiti: Text YELE to 501501 ($5 donation)
United Way: Text HAITI to 864833 ($5 donation)
Intl Medical Corps: Text HAITI to 85944 ($10 donation)
World Food Program: Text: FRIENDS to 90999 ($5 donation)
UN Foundation: Text CERF to 90999 ($5 donation)
Compassion Intl: Text DISASTER to 90999 ($10 donation)
Intl Rescue Committee Text: HAITI to 25383 ($5 donation)
The Salvation Army: Text HAITI to 52000 ($10 donation)
Cure Intl: Text CURE to 85944 ($10 donation)
Oxfam: Text OXFAM to 25383 ($10 donation)
Samaritan’s Purse: Text SP to 85944 ($10 donation)

From Canada:
Salvation Army in Canada: Text HAITI to 45678 ($5 donation)
Plan Canada: Text HAITI to 30333 ($5 donation)

From the United Kingdom:
Disasters Emergency Committee: Text GIVE to 70077 (£5 Pounds)

From France:
French Red Cross: Text HAITI to 80222 (1 Euro)

  • You can make a Difference: Volunteer
You can make a difference by offering your time. Several Haiti relief organizations are seeking volunteer assistance, especially those with prior disaster relief experience, those with Medical Training and those fluent in French and Haitian Creole. These organizations are accepting all applications:
• Center for International Disaster Information accepts applications for all types of volunteers. This database is then provided to agencies that are working in the disaster location. – CIDI Volunteer Hotline 703-276-1914
• International Medical Corps is quickly assembling additional medical teams to join their emergency response in Haiti. They also need non-medical volunteers for these teams and for their offices in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and London.
• Healing Hands for Haiti is looking especially for health care professionals. They are also accepting applications for support volunteers.
• Catholic Medical Mission Board is accepting applications for licensed healthcare professionals to volunteer in Haiti for either a short mission of a few weeks or a longer commitment of a year.
• National Nurses United has launched a relief effort to send registered nurses to Haiti. Their RN Response Network is accepting applications from Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners.
• Heart to Heart International is accepting Medical volunteers to go to Haiti. They need volunteers to assemble hygiene kits at their Global Distribution Center in Kansas City, KS.
• Beyond Borders has applications for medical professionals, translators, and volunteers with other skills to go to Haiti.
• Feed My Starving Children needs volunteers at their food-packing sites in the Twin Cities, MN and Chicagoland, IL.
• MedShare is calling for volunteers to help sort and pack surplus medical supplies at two daily volunteer sessions at their Distribution Centers located in Atlanta, GA and San Leandro, CA

Vote por Jorge Muñoz – CNN Heroe 2009

Vota por Jorge todas las veces que quieras. Su labor se lo merece!
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President Uribe of Colombia on GPS – Fareed Zakaria

Interview with Fareed Zakaria GPS - CNN

Interview with Fareed Zakaria - GPS

Between the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, there is little talk of another war the United States has been
involved in for decades – the war on drugs.
On the front lines of that war is the President of one of the most dangerous countries on the globe, Alvaro
Uribe of Columbia — and he’s fighting it with large infusions of American money and military support.
President Alvaro Uribe is the President of Columbia. For most of his two terms in office, he has enjoyed voter
approval between 60% and 80%, according to Gallup polls, largely due to his robust campaign against the
FARC rebels.
In September, Colombia’s lower house approved a bill which paves the way for President Alvaro Uribe to seek
a third consecutive term in office. While some critics decry this as the destruction of Colombia’s legal checks
and balances- he remains very popular in Columbia..
Uribe is less popular with Latin America’s growing number of left-leaning heads of state. Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales, and Rafael Correa all accuse Uribe of offending Latin pride and sovereignty by allowing the expansion of US bases.
There have been approximately 16 attempts to assassinate him, but under his presidency, the murder rate
and the incidence of kidnapping have fallen. His administration has been responsible for arresting and
extraditing more drug traffickers to the United States and to other countries than all other presidents to date.

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