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By Greg Peppers

Thousands of Haitians are leaving the capital Port Au Prince for the surrounding countryside. A fire fighter from Prince William County, Virginia who witnessed the exodus first hand.

Chris Granger was in Haiti four days after the massive earthquake struck. Granger was working at a medical clinic in the town of Terrier Rouge. Granger says the town is seeing an influx of refugees arriving from Port Au-Prince and many of them are leaving the capital city reluctantly.

"The sentiment of a lot of them is they have a house and their house had a lot of damage and you know, like the typical American, they don't want to leave their house," he says. "So you kind of had split sentiments--you had people who just wanted to get out of there, and you had people who wanted to stay and protect what they had worked their whole life for."

Granger also says refugees he's spoken to fear the already hobbled Haitian government will put all of its energies into the capital and neglect the surrounding regions.

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