What left the biggest
impression for Wilmer was:
"The river seemed as if there were demons
that were rising and falling...it was the same demon that produced
this, many lives were lost."
"I managed to save my life by a few
seconds, I was leavingthe house and a woman asked me to help her
carry her girl...in this instant there was what seemed like an
explosion which, if I had not ran the door would have fallen on top
of me." "It was as if
the mountain opened up and spouted forth water and earth with such a
force...today, in my dreams, I can still hear the noise of the river
in my ears"
"I was desperate, I could not find my
While Wilmre was looking
for her family, she found a pregnant woman covered in so much mud that
he was unable top recognise her; she whispered:
and it was when she said
that, that he realised that the woman he had rescued was someone that
"In that moment...I
wept because I knew that I was never going to forget this"
Another memory which gives
Wilmer satisfaction is when he rescued a dog, he
"I saw such a cute dog, I recued it because the
river would have swept it away..."
His owner was so
Wilmer feels that he has
changed because of the tragedy. Now...
"...I help people...my neighbours treats
me very well, I have overcome it, I am going forward...I am not
depressed, what happened, happened."
Wilmer thanks God that his family are still
alive...but he feels alone because they can not be together at the
moment. While, he hopes to be united with them, he contributes to the
recovery of the community, halping to carry water, keeping things
clean and tidy.
His hopes for the future
"To have a house where we try to forget
this and look for a better environment for our children."
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