Family survives Haiti quake, flees to Chile for safety

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  1. Dark Knight

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    SAN BERNARDO, Chile – The Desarmes family left their native Haiti two weeks after the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake, joining the eldest son in Chile for what seemed a refuge from the fear and chaos of Port-au-Prince.
    Their sense of security lasted barely a month. It was shattered at 3:43 a.m. Saturday when one of the most powerful quakes on record shook a swath of Chile.

    All the Desarmes' immediate family survived both quakes. But twice cursed, the family now sleeps in the garden of a home that the eldest son, Pierre Desarmes, found for them just south of the Chilean capital of Santiago.

    They fear yet another temblor will strike.

    "I left my country and came here because of an earthquake," Seraphin Philomene, a 21-year-old student and cousin of Desarmes, said Wednesday. "And here, the same thing!"


    "My God, I left my country and I didn't die, but I'm going to die here!"

    The elder Philomene said when he heard that his daughter had been in the Chile earthquake he thought of a Haitian saying that loosely translates as "we saved her from the river and she ended up in the sea." Now he feels she has divine protection and the 43-year-old said he would eagerly join his daughter in South America if he could.

    "God is looking for out for us," he said. "Our family didn't die in Haiti so they aren't going to die in Chile either."

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/lt_chile_earthquake_twice_cursed
     
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    They were truly being watched over.
     

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