Barbuda Volunteer Tearfully Tells The Story Of A Two-Year-Old Who Was Ripped From Her Mother's Arms By Hurricane Irma

An aerial photography taken and released by the Dutch department of Defense on September 6, 2017 shows the damage of Hurricane Irma in Philipsburg, on the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten.
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Barbuda Volunteer Tearfully Tells The Story Of A Two-Year-Old Who Was Ripped From Her Mother's Arms By Hurricane Irma

Eli Fuller says the woman's roof blew due to the 185 mph winds.

Published September 8, 2017

A man based in Antigua who went to the island of Barbuda to volunteer in relief efforts for Hurricane Irma recorded an emotional video wherein he retold the story of a two-year-old child who was killed after being torn from its mother’s hands. 

Eli Fuller traveled to Barbuda with supplies for the residents of the island, which was completely destroyed by the 185 mph winds and torrential flooding

When he arrived, Fuller spoke to a woman who had just had the child ripped from her arms. Fuller went on Facebook Live for the Team Antigua Atlantic Rowers page to recount the story.

“She came down to the dock and she was wrapped up in bandages all over her face [which had] been busted in, and she says, 'Yeah, you know, I was the lady who lost the child,’” Fuller said.

He explained that her roof had blown off her house during the hurricane. And when he got to the part about the child being taken out of her arms, he took a long pause.  

Fuller took a moment to compose himself and started recording a second Facebook Live video. 

“She had her arm around a post after the roof blew off and walls [were] caving in and she had her other arm around the child, and she says the wind just pulled the child out of her hands. And that was the last they saw of the child. They found the child the next morning, dead.”

Another woman on the island, Knacyntar Nedd, told ABS TV that people “were literally tying themselves to roofs with ropes to hold them down.”

“We had cars flying over our head, we had 40-foot containers flying left and right,” she added. “What we experienced is like something you see in a horror movie, not something you expect to actually happen in reality.”

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: GERBEN VAN ES/AFP/Getty Images)


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