(PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti) -- Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin began a visit to Haiti on Saturday, traveling with the group Samaritan's Purse, headed by evangelist Franklin Graham, the son of the late Billy Graham.
The organization has made aid to Haiti a top priority in its work against poverty and the devastating effects of natural disasters. Samaritan's Purse has been criticized in the past for putting its evangelical mission ahead of the needs of disaster victims.
Palin, Graham and Fox News personality Greta Van Susteren spent Saturday visiting victims of the earthquake that killed more than 220,000 people last year and the cholera epidemic which has claimed 2,000 lives.
Graham is quoted on his agency's website, saying of Palin, "I appreciate her willingness to visit Haiti during such troubled times ... I believe Governor Palin will be a great encouragement to the people of Haiti."
The British publication, The Guardian, reports Palin emerged from one of the refugee camps and said "They are so full of joy. We are so fortunate in America and we are responsible for helping those less fortunate."
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