A Chile mistress of a trapped miner casts a shadow on rescue efforts of 33 men who have been underground for 69 days, the Telegraph.co.uk reports. As the men are rescued from a Chilean mine 2,047 feet below ground, miner Yonni Barrios left a mistress and wife on the earth’s surface.
The wife of Yonni Barrios, Marta Salinas, 56, learned that her husband of 28 years had a mistress for five of those married years. She discovered it when the Chilean miner’s mistress set up a vigil at Camp Esperanza.
Her first encounter with her husband’s mistress, Susana Valenzuela, was a nasty one. Apparently a framed photo Valenzuela had of the miner was smashed to bits when Salinas saw it and it tumbled down from a hillside shrine. Later on salt was poured in the wound when a letter from Yonni was sent up to his mistress, not his wife. Ouch!
Members of the Blue Cross working at the camp near the Chile mine had to separate the wife and mistress since they neared blows. After that, the women stayed away from each other.
Yonni Barrios wanted his wife and mistress to be there when he was rescued, hoping they would somehow be friends. Hey, you’ve been through a lot in the mine, but forget it, buddy.
The miner who had been stuck underground since August 5 wanted both his wife and mistress to be present when he came up from the rescue capsule.
“He asked them both to go up to the mine to meet him when he came out,” the miner’s sister, Lidia Barrios Rojas told Telegraph.co.uk. “He says quite simply that he loves them both, that they are both important to him and he wants them to be friends with each other.”
In his dreams. His wife wants nothing to do with the woman he’s been having an affair with. It may work in some soap operas, if that.
Yonni’s wife said this:
“I am happy because he made it, it’s a miracle of God. But I’m not going to see the rescue. “He asked me to but it turns out that he also asked the other lady, and I am a decent woman. Things are clear: it’s her or me. I won’t even watch it on TV. Besides, in phone conversation and in the letters he sent me it’s clear that he is fine, and that’s enough for me.”
Of course the Chilean mistress,45, claims the miner was going to leave his wife and live happily with her about the time he was trapped underground.
The miner’s sister added, “Marta is angry. She feels humiliated and she has said she is not going to see him. He has written in his letters that he really wants them to be friends and for this to be a happy ending where he gets to keep them both.”
This whole ordeal with the mistress has cast a shadow on Chile mine rescue efforts. When you think about it, this is a case where a man has been living under a rock for quite some time.