Los 33: Chilean miners face up to a strange new world

The rescue of 33 miners from Chile's San José mine after 69 days trapped underground was a triumph shared with the whole world. But the transition back to normality is proving difficult for both the men and their families 'They are not heroes. We are not heroes. We are all victims," murmurs Lilly Ramírez, the uncompromising partner of Mario Gómez. At 63, he was the oldest of "the 33" Chilean miners who were trapped half a mile under the Chilean desert ... Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Subramanya Sastry - Jul 16, 2011 - 9:18 PM PDT
Reviewed by: Katie Boswell (review)
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Edited by: Subramanya Sastry - Jul 16, 2011 - 9:19 PM PDT

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Katie Boswell
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by Katie Boswell - Jul. 17, 2011

Thoughtful and well-written piece on the impact of the epic Chilean rescue on the 33 miners and their families. Focuses on a few select families and their perspectives - I'd be interested to read about the other families and also to see expert opinions on the typical effects of this kind of traumatic experience to put this into more context. Nonetheless, it is a gripping story which in particular reveals the under-reported heroic role of the men's wives in bringing about their rescue.

Meeting the miners, you sense that there has been no coherent strategy to help them find their way back to any sort of normality, no serious attempt to help them through ... More »

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