The 33 Chilean miners who were trapped on August 5th when the tunnel they were working in collapsed are alive. That’s the news that we’ve just received here in Santiago, around the country people have taken to the streets with flags or are driving around honking their horns in celebration. Just a few days ago, the search had been called off, under the premise that the miners were already dead.
“At the very least, they should continue the search to exhume the bodies,” Marcial (my almost-14-year-old host brother) told me angrily the day we got that news. Apparently the families felt the same as the search was resumed. And thanks goodness, as it turns out that all 33 have survived. We should have video communication with them in less than half an hour.