Why does Rolfe Carle travel to Colombia?

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Rolfe Carle is a documentarian and reporter.  He has rushed to Colombia in order to be the first reporter on site to film, get interviews, and information on the victims of a town that has recently been devastated by a volcanic eruption. Not only has the eruption caused devastation, but the heat from the volcano has caused enough ice melt within the ground to cause huge mudslides that have buried entire towns.  

Rolfe Carle is unable to simply sit back and document the destruction this time though, because he finds a young girl named Azucena that has been buried up to her neck within the mud flows.  She is trapped, and Carle begins heroic efforts to free her from the mud and keep her calm. After three days of struggling though, the girl dies and Carle returns home a very different man.