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Madison native, award-winning author helping in Haiti


PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI (WKOW) -- A Madison West High School grad is in Haiti,  trying to help save the life of a man who he says once saved him.

Benjamin Skinner travels the world researching and documenting the problem of human trafficking, or slavery.  He met Bill Nathan in Haiti.  Nathan was a child slave who escaped and now runs an orphanage.

Skinner says, when he was in Haiti,  he came down with a severe case of malaria and Nathan nursed him back to health.

When the earthquake hit, Bill Nathan fell seven stories from a building and suffered a spinal cord injury.

Skinner told Dan Harris of ABC News, "He (Bill Nathan) has been responsible for saving hundreds of lives. The orphanage has been responsible for saving thousands of lives. He will be the change and the hope for Haiti in the future. If Bill doesn't make it, it will be a less hopeful place."

Skinner raised money to get Nathan on a charter flight to the U.S. for medical treatment.

Ben Skinner graduated from Madison West in 1994.  He is an award-winning author.  His book, A Crime So Monstrous  focuses on the problem of modern day slavery.


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