CF soldier assists in Haiti school collapse rescue
Tuesday, December 09, 2008Port-au-Prince, Haiti – The Collège La Promesse Évangelique in Port-au-Prince, collapsed at about 10 a.m., 7 November. Many children and staff were killed immediately and many others were buried in the rubble.
Within 30 minutes, UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) HQ dispatched a platoon of soldiers to help with the immediate rescue. Then, we dispatched a platoon of off-duty Filipino soldiers and a helicopter for aerial rescue. The Argentine field hospital went on stand-by, field engineers were alerted and reconnaissance parties were sent to check the structural integrity of the building and learn what else we could provide.
The narrow, winding road to the school was choked with vehicles and people, so we left our jeep and pushed our way toward the site; as we got closer, we could hear cries of anguish....
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