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In Peru, some joy amid the despair of the Costa Concordia disaster

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Rose, left, a Peruvian crew member who survived the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster, is welcomed by relatives at Lima's airport on Jan. 18, 2012.

The Associated Press reports that there were 44 Peruvians among the crew of the Costa Concordia, and eight more were traveling on board as tourists.

At least one Peruvian crew member was killed and another, 25-year-old Erika Soria, is still listed among the missing.

A job on the Italian cruise ship was seen as an economic plum: Latin American crew members said they were earning the equivalent of more than $1,300 a month, many times the $250 minimum wage in Peru. Read the full story.