“I was certain he was dead”
On April 25th, a series of earthquakes and aftershocks caused vast devastation in Nepal, destroying cities, villages, and the homes of the people living in them. The victim count continues to grow each day.
But when a 4-month old baby was found alive in the rubble after missing for 22 hours, a little bit of hope was restored to the villagers.
Images of 5-month-old Sonies Aawal were published by Kathmandu Today, and the story has quickly gone viral via social media.
Sonies’ mother, Rasmila Aawal, 35, has spoken of her relief saying: “I was certain he was dead”
“I am just so happy. I cannot believe it,” she said as she held her son close to her.
Father of Sonies and truck driver, Shyam Aawal, 34 did everything he could Saturday to find his son to no avail. “I am the happiest man in the world,” he said. “I prayed to every god I could and it looks like my prayers were answered.”
Sonies’ mother told Daily Mirror:
“I had gone shopping and left my 10 year old daughter Sonia with the baby. When the quake happened I burst into tears and ran home. I thought they were both dead.”
Sonia was able to get out, but Sonies was trapped under their flattened home. The terrible fate of their baby son seemed certain.
The family is now living with neighbors.
Here is a list of organizations to which you can donate in order help those traumatized by the earthquake in Nepal.
The death toll of the earthquake currently stands at more than 5,500.