Korea: Nigerian Mom threw her 4 kids from 4th storey of burning building

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Onyiechi씨(31·나이지리아 국적) 가족들이 1일 오후 경기도 평택시 주상복합건물 화재현장 인근에 마련한 임시 거처에서 취재진들과 인터뷰를 하고 있다. Onyiechi씨 가족은 지난 29일 오후 자신이 살던 건물 2층 양복점에서 화재가 발생, 연기가 차오르자 집안에 있던 4살, 3살 딸과 한 살배기 아들을 데리고 베란다로 대피한 뒤 시민들이 여러 겹으로 쌓은 이불 위로 떨어져 가벼운 경상만 입었다. 2016.5.1/뉴스1
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[CNN – Buhay Sa Korea] 

South Korea: The scenario, captured in mobile phone footage, is a mother’s nightmare.

On the fourth story of a burning building in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, a woman dangles her baby out the window as smoke billows from two floors below.
Onlookers scream and wave their hands as the 30-year-old mother holds out the terrified infant — the child’s legs kicking furiously — before dropping her to the crowd.

Another child follows, then another, before the woman herself leaps from the window — the only escape route.
Remarkably, all survived without injury Saturday, caught safely on blankets in a rescue effort orchestrated by passing U.S. service personnel stationed at nearby Osan Air Base.

‘Please just throw the baby!’

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Daniel Raimondo told CNN he was walking to dinner Saturday when he saw clouds of smoke and set off in that direction.
On assessing the scene, he and a colleague discussed how to help and resolved to get some blankets from a nearby store.
They corralled others to help hold the blankets, then tried to persuade the mother to drop her children to safety.
First Sgt. Melanie Scott said the woman was understandably reluctant to let go of her children, ages 1, 3 and 4.
“You could tell she was scared. She didn’t want to.”
Raimondo said that the “last baby was the most difficult in my eyes, she just wouldn’t let her go for some reason.”
He said he repeatedly begged the mother: “Please just throw the baby down!”
“I remember her screaming (at) the baby, ‘I love you, I love you. …’ Next thing you know she dropped the baby.”

‘You’re alive!’

By this time, the mother had to jump.
“The smoke and the fire was just horrendous,” Raimondo said.
“You could barely even see her at that point.”
The woman fell more heavily than the children and hit the ground beneath the blanket, but someone had had the foresight to put cushions underneath it, he said.
“We carried her into a safe location into a salon,” he said. “I just kept yelling and talking to her, ‘You’re alive! You’re alive!’ “

‘She flew like Supergirl’

On Monday, the rescued family, who hail from Nigeria, met the people who saved their lives and thanked them.
“I don’t know how I would explain my thanks,” said the children’s father, Prince Enyioko.
“I was so surprised, I see the people gathering here to rescue my family, especially the military.”
Raimondo said he sat with the first child to be rescued in the aftermath Saturday and held her while her mother, suffering from smoke inhalation, sat in shock.
“I let her know that she was very brave and she flew like Supergirl. She just smiled,” he said.
“It was an emotional experience. The good news is they made it through alive.”
Onyiechi and her kids ages 4, 3 and 1 were saved from the Pyeongtaek fire Source: News1
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3 Comments on Korea: Nigerian Mom threw her 4 kids from 4th storey of burning building

  1. I trust naija woman, she cant afford to loose any of her child, that is just simple wisdom, and she even get luck say people around help also helped her.

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