Sergio’s comments on the state of Ica 2 years after the earthquake

Above are two pictures taken in January of 2010 from earthquake damage that happened in August 2007.  Please read on.  My husband’s nephew has written, and will continue to write for this blog, details of how life is in Guadalupe and Ica two and a half years after the earthquake.  I have translated his message into English.  For his exact words see below mine.

Looking Ahead

Another day is here, another day that doesn’t go by without me thinking about that day, August 15th, 2007 – the day that Ica was destroyed by nature’s fury.

No one who lived through that day will ever forget the earthquake, which measured approximately 8.5 on the Richter scale.

That morning I woke up in the apartment that I currently live in, which lies in the center of Ica.  I have moved from my house in Guadalupe (a suburb), which has been destroyed.

After 2-1/2 years, Guadalupe is still in ruins, having largely been forgotten after the initial media attention.  The local government has done little.  There are still streets filled with collapsed houses and open trenches which replace the sewer system that was destroyed in the earthquake.

One bright spot: Doctors Without Borders did come to help out with the neediest sick and injured.

More information will be coming soon.

Mirada hacia adelante

Otro día más de los que ya han llegado, otro día más de los que me acuerdo de aquel 15 de agosto del 2007 en el cual Ica se vio devastada tras la furia de la naturaleza.

Ese día todos los que vivieron el sismo de aproximadamente 8.5 grados en la escala de Richter, jamás lo olvidaran en toda su vida.

Ese día yo lo empecé levantándome en el departamento que actualmente vivo ubicado en el centro de la ciudad de Ica ya que me mude de mi casa ubicada en Guadalupe (distrito de Ica).

Después de ya casi tres años del terremoto, Guadalupe sigue en el olvido, sus autoridades han hecho muy poco y encontramos calles con casas derrumbadas y zanjas en las calles por desagües averiados.

Vino ayuda extranjera de los Médicos sin fronteras quienes colaboraron con medicamentos, operaciones y tratamientos a los enfermos más necesitados.

 De: Sergio Dennis Ascencio Garrido.

The Haiti Earthquake

My thoughts go out to all of the people suffering in Haiti. 

I, too, have been in an earthquake with my kids, my husband and his family in Ica, Peru.  It’s difficult for me to read about the tragedies coming out of Haiti.  I feel helpless – and I feel their pain.  We were so lucky to come out of our situation alive.  The house that we were in during the earthquake was a 3 story house made of concrete and adobe.  It was reduced to a one story house plus two floors of rubble after the earthquake, but we were in the concrete room which did not collapse.  Two hours before the earthquake we were at a restaurant that was swept out to sea during the disaster – so if it had happened 2 hours before it did… and if we hadn’t gone to my husband’s aunt’s house instead of directly to the hotel – our hotel collapsed completely during the earthquake.  So we escaped death from both ends of the time line.  But the family hasn’t escaped lack of food, shelter and other basic services like sewer and schooling.  With this blog I am in the beginning of what I would like to be a campaign to remember earthquake victims 2+ years after their ordeal.  Peru, China, Haiti – near or far, large or small, they will all need our assistance in rebuilding.  Visit sites like www.buildchange.org to support the wonderful people who are already helping.

Mi mas sentido pesame a la gente de Haiti.  He pasado por lo que estan pasando con la gran diferencia que pude salir y irme lejos de alli.  Pero nunca olvidare y quiero que el mundo sepa que no es facil recuperar de un terremoto – la gente de Haiti tanto como la gente de Ica todavia – necesitaran muchisima ayuda y lo peor que podamos hacer es olvidar.