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Massachusetts troops deployed to Haiti for the first time

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced on Monday that the state would be deploying troops to Haiti for the first time since an earthquake ravaged the country in January of last year.

Troops from the Massachusetts National Guard's Worcester and Bridgewater units are stationed to travel to Haiti in April, where they will help provide clean drinking water and aid in other humanitarian initiatives, the Boston Globe reports.

Patrick revealed the news at a ceremony commemorating the one-year anniversary of the disaster, where he was joined by Haitian-American citizens and other Massachusetts residents. Patrick thanked his audience for their "outpouring of support", making special note of the hospitals that aided Haitian children and local students for their fund raising efforts, the news source reports.

U.S. aid that has been delivered to Haiti since the earthquake is part of the Feed the Future government program, which helped increase crop yields by an average of 75 percent, with a 139 percent increase in sorghum and a 118 percent increase in corn, according to Feed the Future mission director Carleene Dei.
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