Tuesday, October 12, 2010
A vigil in honour of Los 33: The Chile miners.
It is 20:00 hours in Abidjan, today, Tuesday, October 12, 2010. I have just had dinner. I am going to have a bath then come back to the computer. I want to follow every inch of the 'unearthing of the los 33' whose images here I took from John's Labour blog.
Thirty three guys who have been underground for 69 days and nights! Two weeks after they were caved in, there were no contacts. Almost everyone had lost hope! And today, they will be coming back up!
I dont have any idea what these guys are going through, I only know that they will have a lot of stories to tell. And their families, and friends.. This is a one-in-a-lifetime experience.
I tell myself that after this, when finally they really die, their families will be able to say 'Oh, he has been lower than the grave before'
So why am I keeping a vigil in Abidjan for 33 guys who dont know me?
Here is the answer: humanity is one. The sufferings of one are the sufferings of the others. But most importantly these men have shown courage, patriotism, resilience and love!
These are values that are precious in all of humanity. And that is why over 700 media from the whole world over has also arrived to welcome them!