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By Elena Poniatowska

September 19, 1985: a strong earthquake hits Mexico urban within the early morning hours. because the urban collapses, the govt. fails to reply. lengthy a voice of social judgment of right and wrong, well known Mexican journalist Elena Poniatowska chronicles the disintegration of the city's actual and social constitution, the common grassroots organizing opposed to govt corruption and incompetence, and the reliency of the human spirit. As a transformative second within the lifetime of mexican society, the earthquake is as a lot an element of the country's present drawback because the 1982 debt obstacle, the tricky financial of the final ten years, and the hot elections.

In masterfully weaving jointly a multiplicity of voices, Poniatowska has reasserted the inherent worth and latent energy of individuals operating jointly. Punctuated through Poniatowska's personal studies and observations, those publish catastrophe stories converse of the disruption of households and neighborhoods, of the destruction of houses and hospitals, of mutilation and death—the collective lack of a urban. Drawing the reader dramatically into the scene of nationwide horror via dozens of private tales, Poniatowska demonstrates the significance of braveness and self-reliance in redeeming lifestyles from chaos.

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Natural gas was leaking into the street. I said to myself, "I have to shut this off," but the cap, who knows where that was? That was the moment when I realized-excuse me for being so natural, when I say natural I mean that I am an Indian-but I thought that gas was hot, and no, it was freezing cold, and I couldn't shut it off. "Help! " It was then that I realized that there were many people trying to get their loved ones out. I took off my sweater-look at it, this sweater is my witness, I wish that it could talk-and I started to wave it up in the air like this : "Help!

There are people alive in the hotel, please, come and get them out," desperate police kept yelling. Ramon Uribe Urzua, former federal representative in the FortyEighth Legislature, was living permanently in a room on the seventh floor of the Regis. The hotel was 90 percent occupied. " When the earthquake began, 1 left the room with my briefcase and walked toward the stairs. " No sooner said than done. But as he leaned out the window the tremor intensified, and Mario Garcia Rodriguez grabbed hold of the heavy drapes, which buffered his fall as he was thrown headlong onto a mountain of broken concrete, and that's the way he was rescued, wrapped in the drapes, with some bruises, but alive and well and wagging his reporter's tail.

That's where rela- 17 Copyrighted Material tives must come to identify and claim them; thirty-six hours later they will be buried in a common grave. A HURRICANE WAS PULLING US AND TAKING US OUT INTO THE OPEN AIR Representative Jesus Martinez Alvarez from the State of Oaxaca left his room at the Hotel del Prado early in the morning to go jogging. He went by to meet his fellow Oaxacan representative Erciel Gomez Nucamendi, who was staying at the Hotel Regis, and while they trotted along the Alameda Central, they saw the Regis collapse and the Del Prado wobble.

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