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Accompanying a Colombian Miner on His First Trip Underground Since an Accident Killed His Brother

Under a small icon of Jesus, surrounded by his seven children, Floresmiro Olaya gulps down a breakfast of potato broth and hot chocolate. He’s going back to work today, barely six weeks after a coal mine explosion high up in the Andes mountains of Colombia killed his brother and four friends and left him the lone survivor. When she heard about the accident, Floresmiro’s then-pregnant wife, Estelle, went into shock and gave…
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by: Anna-Katrina Gravgaard and Lorenzo Morales – Autumn 2011

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