Deadly voyages devastate Haitian island of Ile de La Tortue

Published at 12:11 p.m. on January 21, 2014 | Modified at 12:12 p.m. on January 28, 2014

As the launching point for Haitians leaving by sea to seek refuge in the United States, Île de la Tortue on Haiti's northern coast is strewn with the skeletal makings of rickety, wooden sailboats. An omnipresent air of desperation and danger belies the rustic island's idyllic, sun-bleached shores. Patrick Farrell/Miami Herald Staff

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