I met Rosy outside, she was picking up a box of canned food and fruit for her family. His town was one of the first to be evacuated to the island.
She starts crying as soon as she starts talking about the damage from the rash. Her sister comforts her but there is nothing she can say to change what has happened. Their cousin lost everything, his house was swallowed up by lava.
Rosy found out over the weekend that the molten streams missed her home, but she continues to cry as she thinks of others who weren’t so lucky.
“It’s like a lot of loneliness, sadness – we don’t know where we are, it’s really very difficult. But we have strength and we all support each other in uncertainty, ”she said.
These are extremely uncertain times for the island. Scientists can’t predict when the volcano will stop erupting.
Experts fear what will happen if the lava continues towards the sea. The impact would create explosions of toxic fumes full of hydrochloric acid. It would be dangerous to inspire and irritate the eyes and skin of local residents. People in coastal areas are told to stay at home.
There is fear and despair all over the island. The church of Padre Domingo Guerra is located just outside the evacuated area under the volcano. Some 14 members of his congregation lost their homes.
“Emotionally, it affects a lot of people,” he says. “The elderly are stronger, but they are afraid of losing even more than they have already lost. But the younger ones, too, are afraid, because it’s a new experience, so it asks them a lot of questions. “
The Church of Padre Guerra is a refuge from the ashes that cover everything on the island. The roads are dangerous to drive because the ash makes them slippery.
Every morning, since the eruptions began, the islanders have tried to clear the ashes from sidewalks, even from the roofs of buildings.
They don’t know how long they’ll have to do this. All they can do is wait and see what happens.