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2009-06-03 00:12:02
The girl in the pic is Omayra Sanchez, a 13 years old girl who died in November 16 1985 due to the avalanche that in November 13 buried the Colombian city of Armero and caused over 20,000 deaths.
2008-08-19 09:26:01
I was there soon after she died. I was helping with the relief effort. Mostly unloading sorting classifying and repacking donations. I learned a lot. Corporations and individuals unload tons of garbage (expired drugs for example) then get tax credits for it. But lots of people meant well. I flew a couple of times to the area. I also recently met who became the last person to come out alive. He was 5 then. Lost most of his family. Now he is a lawyer and has a bright future ahead of him. Met him by pure chance. What power a pic can have. I brought back a lot of memories.I might write a long account of everything I saw one day...
2008-08-19 07:27:13
Thanks, 'esn' for taking the time to cite the Wikipedia article. I did recall her face and knew that she had died after the photo was taken, but had forgotten the specifics. I was her same age (13 years old) when this occurred. A very haunting picture.
2008-08-18 12:29:20
I saw a girl in the water with lots of debris behind her, and thought of the tsunami, not whatever earthquake, volcano or flood took her life in Colombia. Thought I knew better! Sorry to make a guess at something...
2008-08-17 19:29:45
thank you for the info and the link.
2008-08-17 10:04:03
She died in the Christmas Tsunami.
2008-08-17 09:20:56
what is the story of this picture?