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Out of the rubble: Boy adopted after Haiti earthquake adapting to life in Oklahoma

Ryan Dennis, left, with best friend Duchaine Paul after the boys were reunited in Ada, Okla. (Photo by Janet McCoy)

The Ada Evening News in Oklahoma reports:

Ada — A boy adopted from earthquake ravaged Haiti by an Ada family is doing very well in his new country.
Duchaine Paul, 10,  is just like every boy in Ada. He likes sports, hanging out with friends, playing video games and riding his bike, among other things. The only difference is, one year ago this week, Duchaine was living in an orphanage in a country torn apart by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake.
The quake struck Jan. 12, 2010,  near the country’s capital of Port-au-Prince. Duchaine was safe, living in Cap Haitien, 100 miles south of Port au Prince, but his life was not easy. Duchaine’s mother died shortly after birth and his father could not take care of him.

Read the full story.
The Christian Chronicle featured Duchaine and his friend Ryan Dennis in the May 2010 print edition.
Chronicle assistant managing editor Erik Tryggestad has spent recent days in Haiti reporting on the anniversary of the devastating earthquake a year ago.

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