LDS relief: Glimmers of hope amid horror in Haiti

by | Jan. 20, 2010

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As the death toll from the Jan. 12 Haitian earthquake soars from tens of thousands to possibly several hundred thousand, little glimmers of light and hope still have shone through in Port-au-Prince.

Two such stories were told Tuesday at the Central chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as the church's emergency-response team of volunteer doctors and nurses arrived to start assessing medical needs and treating the injured and ailing.

Among the first seen by the volunteers in one of the meetinghouse's classrooms were Fabiola Beauvil and her 4-day-old baby, Klaira Eliska, both survivors of the 7.0-magnitude quake that left much of Haiti's capital city and surrounding areas in shambles, hundreds of thousands homeless and many more suffering from hunger, thirst and injuries.

Speaking through an interpreter in her native Creole, Beauvil said she was inside her home when the evening tremors began and rushed outside without grabbing any belongings. She emerged unscathed, despite the roof collapsing around her while she ran out.

Others in the house were not as lucky. A number of other friends and family members weren't able to escape, and their bodies remain entombed inside the home.

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