Chilean-Ecuadorean Unit Offers Aid to Haiti
By Dialogo April 01, 2010
Chile participates in the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti, providing
engineering expertise and supporting orphanages in the community. In the days
following the earthquake, the Chilean units played a significant role in rescue
efforts, repairing roads, dispensing medical care, water and food, recovering bodies
and removing rubble.
“The members of my Chilean-Ecuadorean combined unit have right now and will
continue to have a fundamental role in rebuilding this city,” said Lt. Col. Luis
Sepúlveda Díaz, Commander of the Chilean General Staff Company of Construction
Engineers with MINUSTAH. “Our personnel have the knowledge, professional training
and dedication needed to offer efficient and effective support in the face of
natural disasters of this kind,” he added.
Regarding coordination with the Ecuadorean forces, Lt. Col.Sepúlveda Díaz
indicated that “work gets done with a great spirit of comradeship and camaraderie,
bringing to the fore the will, effort and collaboration demonstrated by all the
members of this combined unit in support of MINUSTAH and of the Haitian people.”
This unit’s specialty also contributed to saving lives. “Following the
earthquake, this unit hosted 43 people from Ecuador [including 38 rescuers], which
made it possible to have civilian personnel specialized in search and rescue
activities,” Lt. Col. Sepúlveda Díaz indicated, proud of the humanitarian work
carried out by his unit.
Just weeks after the Haitian earthquake, Chile was devastated by a magnitude
8.8 quake on Feb. 27, 2010, which severely damaged the city of Concepción and other
areas along the Chilean coastline. Once again, the Chilean Armed Forces were at the
forefront of humanitarian aid — this time to assist their own people.