In Armero tragedy, died 23.000, Omayra was trapped by a concrete stoneware, the only way to take her off was cutting her legs, but in the middle of a mud pit it was very difficult, and the magnitude of tragedy, the rescue teams was not enough, remember, an avalanche of mud cover the entire town, died 23.000.
Wednesday, July 4th, 2007 at 10:40 pm"
Omayra Sánchez was one of the 25,000 victims of the Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia) volcano which erupted on November 14, 1985. The 13-year old had been trapped in water and concrete for 3 days. The picture was taken shortly before she died and it caused controversy due to the photographer’s work and the Colombian government’s inaction in the midst of the tragedy, when it was published worldwide after the young girl’s death.
Photographer: Frank Fournier