Haiti : Miracle amid Haiti ruins

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  1. Amnat77

    Amnat77 Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Dec 11, 2006
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    Boy, 4, buried alive for 3 days pulled to safety, reunited with mother

    Amid the chaos and heartache enveloping the capital came a rare, but wondrous, moment of joy Friday.

    A 4-year-old boy was pulled to safety three days after he was buried alive in his two-story family home. He was exhausted and intensely dehydrated but miraculously unharmed.

    People in the street ran to get a glimpse of Paul Derlice as he was carried down a huge pile of rubble by the heroic Haitian men who slaved for hours in the blazing sun to free him.

    Strangers formed a large circle around the small boy and jostled each other out of the way to get a closer look, reaching their hands into the sky and exclaiming: "God lives!"

    On the third day since a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, leveling most of the city and killing untold thousands, it was a sight that few dared to hope for - but everyone needed to see.

    "I'm very proud. I feel like a hero," said Jean Mercilien, one of the crew of neighbors who rescued the boy with only a pick axe and a couple of hammers.

    "God let this boy live," he added.

    Paul was in the ground floor of his family home in the Carrefour-Feuilles section of Port-au-Prince when the quake hit. His mother and aunt were on the top floor and managed to escape.

    Paul was presumed dead in the rubble, along with three others who lived in the building.

    For days, the young boy was alone, trapped in the small, dark cavity, and no one was looking for him.

    As soon as news broke that Paul had been saved, friends rushed to find his mother, Ketly Charleston, so the pair could be reunited for the first time in more than 66 hours.

    She threw her arms in the air in praise and looked at him as if unable to believe her eyes.

    "It's a miracle," Charleston, 50, said. "I thought it was impossible that he was alive."

    For days, friends and neighbors had been climbing over the remains of the house, one of a close cluster of homes that were all reduced to ruins, helping to salvage whatever they could: some photos, a Bible, a phone charger or a pair of shoes.

    They heard no voices from beneath the debris, and the smell of decaying bodies steadily worsened.

    But about 8 a.m. Friday, Rene Contant, who works for Paul's mother, heard a voice from deep underground.

    "I was passing by and speaking aloud and the child heard that," he explained.

    "He said, 'Boss Rene' and 'Mama.' Then he started crying," said Contant, 58.

    The much-promised influx of aid to help the masses has largely failed to emerge on the streets of Port-au-Prince.

    A group of neighbors - swelling in size to as many as 10 men - began digging for Paul using whatever primitive resources they had on hand.

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