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It was a crisis watched by the world....
Now a Reunion in Chile.
A year after a mine collapsed and trapped 33 Chilean
workers underground, the men reunite to remember their ordeal and give
Miner Osman Araya said, "I'm happy and content because although it's a day to
remember the accident, it's also an opportunity to embrace the people
who supported us nationally and globally."
The miners were trapped 2,000 feet below ground for 69 days.
Minister of Public Works Laurence Golborne, played a pivotal role in their rescue
Minister of Public Works Laurence Golborne said, "It's very emotional to return to Copiapo after one
year and to meet with a lot of people with whom we were working for so
long and with so much effort for this rescue that made all of Chile feel
proud," said Golbourne, now Chile's Minister of Public Works.
The men were joined by President Sebastian Pinera.
Many of the miners are still suffering from psychological problems, insomnia and nightmares
But on Friday, gratitude was the overwhelming emotion.
The men and their families hope the government will
announce a special lifetime pension for each of them that could amount
to $430 dollars a month.
The miners have taken public flack after suing the
state for negligence for allowing the notoriously dangers mine - which
had faced years of sanctions and warnings - to remain in operation.
They are seeking $542,000 dollars each in damages.
They are also suing the local private mining company.