That’s the title in Clarin news paper, page 25, words from a survivor in Chile.
I translated the most significant parts:
“I had to shoot people! Do you understand what that means?”
Those were the first words said by Jorge Mendoza, manager of an important company in Concepción, when he was finally able to call Buenos Aires.
“I had to shoot people, I had to shoot people” he repeated in a lethargy state.
“Its hordes killing and robbing, they don’t leave anything standing. And here I am with my wife and two kids, they are terrified. This is worse than the earthquake, we cant stand it no more, we have no power, no water, no gas, no oil, nothing. We organized with four other neighbors to defend ourselves, no one protects us and we haven’t slept in 3 days, God, someone please do something”, he said. “They are robbing people that travel alone we cant move, we’re damned to hell and no one does anything to help us”.
Felipe Sandoval, journalist, lives his own tragedy. “Mi house is still standing and my family is ok, but the situation is anarchic. I had to send my wife and 3 daughters to a friends house in a gated community to protect them, and with another 7 neighbors we are protecting what little we have left. There’s no gasoline, we move around in bikes and through populated areas alone, because if not they rob you even that”.
He goes on “Y live in a humble, working class neighborhood, hard working people, and I’m living through things I never thought I would. We are our own hell”.
He continues saying “First they looted food stores, then supermarkets looking for anything, and now they started with the houses. Today, life isn’t worth anything here. What the earthquake hasn’t destroyed, this has”.