Ticos in Haiti

January 22, 2010

Two Costa Rican citizens believed to be in Haiti remained unaccounted for late Thursday afternoon.

On Thursday morning, the Costa Rican Foreign Ministry could not confirm the whereabouts of Jorge Antonio Mora or Javier Quesada.

Eighteen other Costa Ricans have been located since the 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti last week. Several of them already have returned home.

This week, Mora’s family told the Foreign Ministry that Mora works on a ship in Haiti and “sporadically communicates with his family.” Mora’s sister said he was last seen in Miraguá, Haiti, six months ago and he goes by the name “Susu.” She said Mora is a good friend of a group of Cuban doctors.

Quesada works for Animal Planet and lives in the Dominican Republic, according to data from the Costa Rican Foreign Ministry. Officials said they were trying to contact Quesada’s family for more information.

Ministry officials received word earlier this week that Eithel Rodolfo Sojo, one of three Costa Ricans who was missing in Haiti at the end of last week, was on board the Greek ship, Nicholas, at a pier near the Hatian capital of Port-au-Prince.

The Costa Rican ambassador to the Dominican Republic spoke with the Costa Rican rescue team helping with relief efforts in Haiti and requested that the squad embark on a special mission to the Greek vessel to take food and water to Sojo.

On Wednesday, the seven Costa Ricans who were under the care of the Costa Rican Embassy in the Dominican Republic flew back to Costa Rica earlier this week. Five others had been removed from the country by their employers and organizations. Two stayed in Haiti to help with humanitarian and relief work, while two returned to Costa Rica last week and one is believed to be en route to the DomincanRepublic.

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