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Hancock County woman worries for family in Chile

 By Al Showers – bio | email

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Joycelyn Everman of Hancock County was born and raised Santiago, Chile. She said ever since the earthquake struck her homeland, she hasn't been able to pull herself away from the TV.

"I'm stressed and nervous, I have sores everywhere, I can't sleep," Everman said. 

She said part of that anxiety was not knowing if her family back home survived. After more than 100 calls, she finally got through to her mother late Sunday night.

Everman remembers her mother saying, "I'm fine, I'm fine. I know you're worried about us, I know. I'm still alive, don't worry about us."

But the family home wasn't fine.

"My mom says it's destroyed. The ceiling, everything is destroyed," Everman said. "I still don't know about my grandmother, I don't know where she is."

Everman's father and one of her brothers were not harmed. But another of her brothers was injured when some heavy furniture fell on top of him.

"My brother, he has some problems in his leg because he tried to hold things down."

Everman knows all too well what the people of her country are going through. She moved to Mississippi seven months before Katrina struck.

"I'm feeling terrible because it's a big natural disaster. I remember Katrina. It happened with me, I lost everything, everything in Katrina. And it happened now with my parents."

Her only wish is that the aid and volunteers that came to her rescue after Katrina will help her hurting country.

"They don't have water, they don't have electricity, they don't have food. They need a lot of help. The most thing they need is medication, clothes, blankets and stuff like that."

She plans to bring what she can when she goes to Chile in April. For now, she's praying that the aftershocks will stop. Her mother told her no one wants to go inside the damaged homes and buildings because they fear another quake may strike.

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