October 10, 2009

Positivity: Catholic sisters save over 300 children from deadly tsunami in Samoa

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:45 am

From Appia, Samoa:

Oct 7, 2009 / 06:10 am (CNA).- An Australian sister and her colleagues at a Samoan primary school saved the lives of 320 school children when she quickly moved them to higher ground after an earthquake triggered a tsunami warning.

The Queensland-born Sister Doris Barbero, a Salesian, was teaching at St. Joseph’s Primary School on the edge of the sea in a village in southwest Western Samoa. The school is sponsored by Catholic Mission in Australia.

On Sept. 29 Sr. Doris, two other sisters and 11 lay staff felt the violent rumbling of the earthquake. According to the Archdiocese of Sydney, she said her first reaction was relief that all the children and the school had come through unhurt.

Then came strong aftershocks and the tsunami warning.

“We realized we had a very short time to get the children away from the school and the sea and up to higher ground to the hills behind us,” Sister Doris said in a phone conversation with the Archdiocese of Sydney.

Sr. Doris and the staff scrambled up the hills with the children, who ranged in age from four to fifteen years old.

The older children helped the younger ones, who were very frightened.

The group remained huddled in the hills until the following day, the Archdiocese of Sydney reports. ….

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  1. Awesome!

    Comment by Rosemary — October 10, 2009 @ 9:58 pm

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