Mexico finds hope in trying to unearth a mysterious 12-year-old girl

A race against time is being waged by rescue workers trying to unearth a 12-year-old girl, identified as Frida Sofia, trapped in the rubble of Enrique Rébsamen school, where at least 21 children and five adults died when the building collapsed in Mexico City’s southern Coapa district.

Rescue workers search through the rubble for students at Enrique Rebsamen school after an earthquake in Mexico City

So far at least 250 people in the country are known to have died since the magnitude 7.1 earthquake, struck about 90 miles southeast of Mexico City on Thursday afternoon, exactly 32 years after a 1985 quake killed thousands.

Rescue workers were reportedly able to communicate with Sofia, who said two other students were nearby, but she could not tell if they were alive.

Reports that the child was alive inspired hope among people throughout the world, as the name “Frida Sofía” trended on Twitter on Wednesday, but some reports question whether there is really a girl by that name at the location.

In the aftermath of Mexico’s 1985 earthquake, bogus rescues were reported but the mystery of ‘Frida Sofía,’ has given watchers a girl that everyone wants to rescue although no one knows who she is.

There is no family in the vicinity of the school looking for a child with that name or a similar one and the school confirmed that all the students named Frida or Sofia were already located.

The New York Times compiled this list of agencies that are accepting donations for the victims:

Mexican Red Cross has been accepting direct donations online and has set up an Amazon Wish List for necessary items.

Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization, has staff members in Mexico City and has pledged that 100 percent of its donations will go directly to relief efforts, which it says will include facilitating the delivery of medical supplies to affected areas.

GlobalGiving, a crowdfunding organization, has pledged that all money donated to its earthquake fund will go to recovery and relief efforts.

Fondo Unido México, part of the United Way network, has created an emergency fund to help the areas affected by the earthquakes as well as the recent series of hurricanes.


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