Omarya Sanchez



Age: 13


Summary: Colombian schoolgirl who had been trapped for three days in water containing volcanic debris in the aftermath of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano eruption on November 13, 1985 in Armero, Colombia causing massive lahars which killed nearly 25,000 people and whose image (taken by photojournalist Frank Fournier) caused controversy due to the photographer's work and the Colombian government's inaction in working to prevent the Armero tragedy despite the forewarning that had been available, when it was published worldwide at the time of her death.



Cause of Death: Complications from hypothermia or gangrene


Born: August 28, 1972


Died: November 16, 1985


Location: Armero, Colombia