By Mariana Bazo
It would be impossible to think of rescuing miners and not to associate such thoughts to the rescue of the Chilean miners in San Jose, Copiapo, 2010. That really was a glorious rescue after a lengthy sixty-nine day underground wait.
This time in Peru, nine miners were trapped in an illegal copper and gold mine in the desert of Ica, south of Lima.
The story began to gain momentum when it was discovered the Peruvian miners were still alive. Then with the hope came the story, curiosity, national interest and comparison.
I was camping on the beach with my family at that time, and had to leave with some of the camp equipment, along with cameras, satellite phone, water, clothes for warm and cold weather and the mandatory canned tuna. The mine at Ica is in the desert, a very similar environment to where the Chilean mine collapsed. The first thing in common: I had to travel over long sandy roads of silence.
But this time the route was very difficult. There was no highway. There was only a dusty path for carriers. When I arrived there was no room for camping and most journalists weren’t expecting to stay for days; some didn’t even plan to spend the night. But rescues are never so quick – it still took six days.