Madelaine Workers Wait Word
Far more, however, were uncertain of their relative’s fate.
Nicholas Joseph’s mother-in-law, Melitha Deval, lived in Port-Au-Prince, the epicenter of the quake. She remains missing.
“We speak regularly, but we have not been able to contact her since Wednesday [the day the quake struck],” he told a Wave reporter. “We fear the worst, but hope for the best.”
Joseph and the others had stopped work with the permission of the company’s owner, George Farber, to listen to Congressman Anthony Weiner and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer outline plans to help find their loved ones.
“We’re going to take names of those who are missing and pass them on to American aid workers going to Haiti,” Weiner said. “We are going to ask officials to find them and have them contact you.”
His words were translated for the immigrants by Pierre Jackson, a shop steward who speaks both Creole French and English. Few of the workers at the meeting spoke English well enough to understand Weiner’s words.
John Joseph’s wife, Carlene, remains missing in Haiti. Joseph sat and listened to Jackson’s translation and then got on line, clutching a scrap of paper on which was written the last-known address and telephone number of his missing wife.
He planned to give it to Weiner so that he could help track her down.
Almost all of the immigrants on the line had similar scraps of paper.
They slowly moved on the line toward where Weiner’s aides were taking the names.