LDS Haitian family members in Utah get good news from siblings

by | Jan. 19, 2010

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Rousseline Salter can't describe what it smells like to sleep in a street full of dead bodies.

But her family can.

Their home in Delmas, Haiti, is gone, leveled by the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that ravaged the island nation Tuesday afternoon.

Two days later, a massive aftershock crumbled the LDS stake center where they had sought refuge, forcing Salter's father, brother and four sisters to sleep in the road between piles of rubble and dusty bodies that still await burial.

"Everything is destroyed, all of the houses and everything," said Salter, after a phone call early Friday morning from her 23-year-old sister, Rousselande. "They just slept on the streets last night. The streets stank with the dead bodies. It was kind of hard to hear her say that."

Sitting in her Provo apartment, Salter, 27, wears a tired smile, her emotions vacillating between relief at knowing her family is alive and fear in not knowing what they will do next.

She doesn't even know if her younger siblings have food or water.

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