Monley Elysee was thrust into the world spotlight after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The five-year-old boy survived, alone, for eight days amidst the rubble and destruction of the earthquake that killed 10 of his family members. With support from Worldwide Orphans, Monley has since been able to attend school and dreams of becoming a doctor. The earthquake, the cholera epidemic and Hurricane Matthew have orphaned many children in Haiti, and, according to UNICEF, 25% of children live separately from their parents. However, Monley’s story shows that hope and progress is possible, and recovery continues every day in Haiti.
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He survived eight days in the Haitian rubble. But what happened to Monley?
February 23, 2017
Haiti’s colossal earthquake of 2010 leveled entire neighborhoods, and the capital Port au Prince was a reeling. Rescue arrived too late for many and medical resources were scarce for the survivors. An estimated 200,000 were dead.
And yet, nearly eight days after the earth shook, a young boy emerged, gasping from the rubble. Lungs filled with dust and exhausted, five-year-old Monley Elysee was alive against all odds. Both his parents had perished in the quake, his mother lay dead meters away, but Elysee had survived, huddled under a metal table — a treacherous crawl space bent and buckled by the weight of concrete above it.
It was up to his uncle Gary to bring Elysee to the hospital in downtown Port au Prince for urgent attention. At the entrance the duo encountered CNN’s Anderson Cooper and crew, reporting on the aftermath of the earthquake.
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