Chilean Miners Feel Forgotten One Year Later

Chilean Miners One Year Later

On October 13, 2010 33 Chilean miners were rescued after 69 days underground.  1,500 journalists crowded the surface, documenting the inspirational rescue of the Chilean miners.  However in today’s world, what is hot news today is old news tomorrow.  For individuals like the Chilean Miners, 15 minutes of fame is all you ever get.

Chilean Miners Rescued

Chilean Miners rescued and bought to surface by capsule.

According to CNN, the 33 Chilean miners that were trapped 2000 feet underground for 10 weeks feel abandoned from the world.  Now one year later, the Chilean miners are speaking up in regards to their treatment after their ordeal back on October 13th, 2010.

“I asked the miners themselves and they say ‘We feel like orphans,’” Jonathan Franklin, author of “33 Men” — a firsthand account of the miners’ experiences — told CNN “‘The world came to us and then they forgot about us.’”

No book deals? No speaking engagements? No film portrayals? Not even a reality show?  Reuters article on the rescue operation certainly captivated the attention of readers everywhere, documenting the individual miners pulled from the wreckage.  One of the Chilean miners featured in their article was a former professional soccer player.  Chilean miner Franklin Lobos claimed that the fight underneath the surface was the toughest match of his entire life.

Becoming a celebrity is not what it used to be. It seems that these days you need to put out a YouTube video and get 10 million hits to get anywhere. Maybe the Chilean miners never got a publicist?

Although the movie rights have been sold, there has been little talk of the event since it happened and it seems the media haven’t really done much with it since.

A reality show would be one way for their story to get some play—think about it. They have reportedly been suffering psychological effects from the event as well as struggling financially.

Money problems and mental disorder is great fodder for TV reality drama (or comedy) and it’s amazing no producers have taken on the opportunity. Perhaps TV executives felt that they were not marketable, or that the story wasn’t “hot” anymore. Hollywood, after all, just cares about the bottom line: profit-margin.

Fortunately, some of the miners have been able to share the story and gain a sense of fame.

Luis Urzúa and Esteban Rojas recently had an event at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History where they got to sign autographs and take pictures with people.

According to The Washington Post, Rojas and Urzúa told parts of their experiences at “Stories from the Mine” on Tuesday, the first in a series of Smithsonian events exploring the leadership lessons of the mine’s collapse and rescue. The panel discussion also featured Laurence Golborne, Chile’s minister of public works, followed by the premiere of “Chilean Mine Rescue,” a new Smithsonian Channel documentary.

The Post reports that the San José mine is permanently closed; while some of “Los 33” have gone back to work in other mines, most have not. Some of the 33 Chilean miners remain out of work today.


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