Union College Students Helping With Body Recovery in Haiti

By: Chad Silber Email
By: Chad Silber Email

A group of Union College students focused on helping those in need are spending their first full day in Haiti.

They've been assigned a job that most of us couldn't imagine doing.

They only arrived in Haiti Thursday and already these college students are understanding what it's like to be part of the grueling relief effort.

The group of seven spent the day on a body recovery mission in Port-au-Prince.

Their task was to scour through a six story building that was completely flattened and look for the 18 bodies that survivors know are still under the rubble.

Friday, the crew found two of the bodies and are hoping to find at least three more Saturday.

Once found, the bodies are given to family members for a proper burial.

The International Rescue and Relief students and staff say, while their task is tough it's also rewarding. John Thomas, Associate Director of the IRR at Union College, says, "It's encouraging to us to continue on because we can see to them there's great relief to get their family member retrieved so they can go and bury them."

David Skau, Union College student helping in Haiti, says, "It's rewarding to be able to feel that they're going to be able to continue the grieving process for their lost family members."

Group members say their next few days will include more body recovery and assisting with a nearby orphanage.

The group is expected to return to Lincoln next Tuesday after they've completed their assignment.

Saturday night we'll bring you the full story of the Union College students and how they're helping a country in need get back on its feet.

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