December 27th, 2010
02:49 PM ET

Buried alive for six days, earthquake survivors reunite for first time

Editor's Note: This story comes to us from Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  CNN's Moni Basu and Jim Spellman bring us this touching story of faith and survival.  CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor Eric Marrapodi was part of the CNN team that helped transport Falone Maxi, the woman in this story, after she was pulled from the rubble and an emergency worker flagged down his team's pick up truck six days after the earthquake.

The arduous trip begins from a city on fire.

Falone Maxi steps into the white Nissan Patrol, a small back nylon bag and an Avis car rental map of Haiti in hand. She is determined to continue her journey with this important trip north, even amid the post-election turmoil in her homeland.

Almost a year after a devastating earthquake, angry Haitians are hurling tragedy's rubble into the streets, setting tires, buildings and campaign signs ablaze.

The political unrest delayed Maxi's trip by a day. But on this gloomy morning in December, the air thick with impending rain, she was up before daybreak to call the driver.

"Are we going today? What time will you pick me up?"

She awoke with the kind of nervous excitement that the wife of a soldier returning from war might feel. She has waited 11 long months to see Mica Joseph, the woman who now means more to her than her own sister.

She has not seen Joseph since that wretched January day when the earth under Haiti heaved violently and the lives of the two women, like those of millions of others, changed.

Read the full story here of how one woman's faith helped her survive being buried alive in Haiti.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Christianity

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  8. TheRationale

    Yes, that God who saved a few of you also had it in his "original plan" to kill the other 100,000+ with that earthquake. Keep on thanking him for his "mercy."

    December 29, 2010 at 11:14 am |
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    December 29, 2010 at 5:34 am |
  10. JohnQuest

    CatholicMom, It must be good to be the "God", all good things are Gods' doing and all bad things belong to Satan. Question, if God loved them so much, where was God for six days, why did God feel the need to torment these kids? It seems to me that the rescuers are the ones that dug them out, where was God then? Either God is one callous being or God just doesn't care (he/she/it will get the praise anyway) or God does not exist, which is more likely, I think the later?

    December 28, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
    • CatholicMom


      These women suffered greatly and out of it their Faith, Hope, and Love grew; they are new people; I don’t think they have a skeptical bone in their bodies about God…they have pure hearts where God is concerned.

      December 28, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
    • JohnQuest

      CatholicMom, I do not disagree with you, I'm saying I don't understand their rational (or lack thereof). If I were a believer and suffered the way these young ladies have, I don't think I could logically praise God for saving me without blaming God for putting me in the situation in the first place. I don't think it makes sense to just have it one way, if God is responsible for saving me then God must be responsible for endangering me and to think otherwise is hypocritical.

      December 28, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      I agree with JohnQuest – no need to credit a non-existent man-made supernatural being with their reuse -just hard work by good people. Re: the girl's faith, I think they're just practicing blind faith and don't know that it's ok to question the existence of god(s). Someone should open their eyes and minds for them, but unlike believers, atheists tend not to actively recruit, so I can only hope that at some point they will drop their childish beliefs.

      December 28, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
    • CatholicMom


      Maybe these women realize that God is Good and does not do them harm and that satan is capable of it and does it. Their faith in God is what kept them going, their hope could not be squelched because of the Love they felt. They did not feel abandoned and knew they would be saved. None of us who did not experience what they did have any right to say that what they were feeling wasn’t real.

      Since God is all Good, all Loving, all Just, there is no room for evil in His Being. Just because God allows satan to continue in his power that was given him when he was created by God, does not mean that we can blame God for the choice that satan made which was to go up against his creator and cause havoc in the world once he was thrust onto earth.

      We also were created with a freewill and God does not intervene in our actions….if we choose to murder or do other sins, we can to do it. This does not make God bad; could we even make a comment about anything if we were not made with free will? No, we would be robots…unable to choose to love or to hate…but to only be as programmed.

      When we pray we can ask for help, we can give thanks, we can adore God or we can hate Him…but when we expect God to react to us in a way that we understand, this places God at our level of knowledge, and we are so far from knowing His mind.

      I do believe these women are Saints because of the suffering they did….I believe God used that suffering and turned it into good for the world as only He could do.

      December 29, 2010 at 1:35 pm |
  11. David Johnson

    You believers should pray for that fellow, in the picture, to grow a new leg!

    Remember, you can ask or anything and it will be given. You can even move a mountain if you have even a little faith. Surely you spirit filled Evangelicals have an abundance of faith.

    So, give the guy a new leg!


    December 28, 2010 at 1:36 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      David Johnson,
      You never fail to prove me wrong about you.

      December 28, 2010 at 3:26 pm |
  12. JohnQuest

    I suppose the religious amongst us will thank God for sparing their lives, without blaming God for endangering their lives. I hope one day they will see that, if God is responsible for saving them he\she\it is equally culpable for in endangering them. It is impossible (illogical) to have it one way and not the other.

    So, either God put them in danger then saved them or God had nothing to do with it either way, I ask you, my fellow thinking, rational men and women, which is more likely?

    December 28, 2010 at 9:07 am |
    • David Johnson

      God created man imperfectly, and then became angry that man was not perfect.

      God's solution, was to use lots, and lots of suffering to "fix" humanity.

      Fundies will tell you, the fault lies with free will. Man just makes bad choices. But this doesn't address all the suffering caused by earthquakes, floods, disease, famine, ad infinitum.

      As William Rowe points out, when a fawn burns to death in a forest fire and no human being ever knows about it, this apparently unnecessary evil does nothing to build the character of human beings. It is just suffering.

      Evangelicals are always crying about wanting Jesus to come back and make everything better. But this would mean limiting humans to selecting only good choices. Humans would be unable to select bad or evil things. This is true of Heaven also.

      Evidently, we won't grieve over our friends and loved ones who aren't in heaven with us. Our minds will have been altered to not feel sympathy.

      How sad, that there are humans who actually are okay with these changes.


      December 28, 2010 at 1:53 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      This is a true love story!

      For some people, they do not understand that evil is caused by satan; for those same few, they do not believe that God can take pain and hurt and turn it into a greater good.

      Look at what He did for us with the greatest evil of all that ever happened…Jesus’ crucifixion….He accomplished the greatest good…that we might all have life everlasting.

      These beautiful young women have the right at!tude about their ordeal. Their faith in God is going to carry them through any Cross that they may have to bear from now on.

      December 28, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
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