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Noted: Haiti survivors rebuild lives, but some wounds slow to heal
May 19, 2011 by The IRC
USA Today video: Louie Giglio, pastor of the Passion City Church in Atlanta, talks about meeting Ernst Leo and his daughter in Port-au-Prince. Giglio and his church connected Leo with social service agencies in the United States, including the IRC, which found an apartment for him and helped with rent.
Ernst Leo’s wife and oldest daughter were killed when their apartment collapsed in the earthquake that devastated Haiti’s capital on January 12, 2010. His younger daughter — Therissa, 8 — was trapped under the rubble for two days before she was rescued; her right arm had to be amputated. Today, the family is building a new life in Miami with support from the International Rescue Committee. “It is still difficult for me to deal with the nightmares and sometimes seeing Therissa missing her mother and sister,” Ernst told his IRC caseworker. “But I’ve come a long way.”
USA Today recently profiled the family in this story and video report.