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Sean Penn's hands-on aid for Haiti quake victims an earlier sign of his risk-taking

Sean Penn's hands-on aid for Haiti quake victims an earlier sign of his risk-taking

Three months after an earthquake destroyed much of the Haitian capital, a line of buses drove north into an arid waste of chalky dust.

The buses pulled up to a grid of dirt roads and a few white tents, flapping hard in the wind. Families began to spill out of the buses and look at their new homes, some in stoic resignation, some in despair.

These 62 people made up the vanguard of a larger plan to move much of the Haitian population from dangerous ravines and mountainsides around the devastated capital, Port-au-Prince, before the rainy season hit.

President Rene Preval greeted them at the camp, but he was not the man behind the move.

Sean Penn was.

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