Ecuador Special – Part 5 of 5

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This was published in December of 2017. The recovery has been slow but steady.
The devestation of the Ecuador earthquake
By: Lori Lizarraga

Updated: Dec 21, 2017 08:34 AM PST

By now 20 months have passed since that day in April.

“I always believe that there is hope after something like this,” said Rodolfo Arce with Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe. “I hope that families will become more united. And realize that strength comes from each other together as a family.”

The people are encouraged, they have not been forgotten, and they have not given up.

“As an Ecuadorian, I am grateful for the international help that we have received,” said Arce. “We know that the United States has sent aide for the families and I am filled with hope that the families that have been affected by the earthquake will see that they are going to becomes stronger than they ever were.”

“First we are thankful for those counties that have helped us, they’ve always been there,” said Narcisa Castro of Mejia, Ecuador. “I would say to them to keep remembering us, we have children and we still need help. In return we would welcome you with open arms.”

“It’s amazing to see how life is becoming what it was in some ways,” said Hermansson. “Even though we all have the memories of the things that happened. It will never be the same of course, but we have so much brave, strong people fighting and it’s amazing to be part of it.”