The thirty-three Chilean miners are still trapped in a storage shaft 2300 feet under ground in a gold and copper mine, in which a main tunnel collapsed August 5th, in Copiaco, Chile. Their spirits are still good, no injuries or deaths, and they are hopeful during this time of waiting. Drilling has begun, but it will be a slow process that may not lead to a rescue until December around Christmas time.
On a personal note, Ariel Ticona, a handsome miner, found out August 4th, the day before the mine collapse, that he and his wife, Elizabeth Segovia were expecting a baby girl. Obviously, when Segovia heard the news of the collapse, she was devastated, but as time has passed, she has stopped crying so that the baby inside of her does not feel her pain or anguish.
Ticona sent a note to his wife asking if they could name the baby girl “Esperanza” which means “Hope” in Spanish. Hope is the name of the game there in Chile, for the miners below the earth’s surface and for the family and friends waiting in tents above ground.
This past Thursday, September 2nd, the miners, through the small tube that has been inserted into the mine, were sent healthy and nutritional food such as nuts and chicken, pasta and bread.
Segovia is due in two weeks, so her husband, obviously, will not be there for the birth. The couple have two children already, boys, ages five and nine, but this third one is a girl and no father wants to miss the birth of any child. Segovia says she will make sure that the birth is recorded “in great detail”.