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Yesterday morning there was a train crash in the always crowded train station in Once, a populated and centric train/underground station in Buenos Aires. The train was filled to the brim with people, because the train system sucks unless you live in the North, in which case the train has A/C and TV and you don't feel like cattle. You see, in Argentina, if you live in a non-upper-class area, you don't deserve to travel like an actual human being. Like in every other case, if you are poor, you don't deserve respect or consideration: you are worthless, expendable. And the trains are Chinese hand-me-downs that are 40/50 years old. That's how much the company cares about people. 

Anyway, at 8:30 the train arrived to Once station... and it never stopped. The breaks didn't work. The train crashed against the barriers and the second wagon invaded the first one. It was a disaster. Over 50 people died (including a child, who had a heart attack in the station's hall, in front of the TV cameras, so we could all see how life left him) and 770 people were injuries. Around 50 are in critical state. 

This is a disaster. This is awful. There were 150 people pressed against each other in a five meters space. You could see people (bodies, in some cases) dangling from the windows. Some people got expelled from the wagon and were destroyed against the rails. The emergency teams worked wonderfully and without them we would be mourning a lot more people. But this is a shallow relief. Because over 50 people who were going to work like any other morning found (and I just saw a woman just a bit older than I am, who is nine months pregnant and who just found out that his husband is dead; she's unemployed; her child will never know their father. I cried) found death because the company in charge of the train (TBA) doesn't give a fuck about people. And because our government doesn't give a fuck, either and cannot be arsed to control a damn thing. Because it is acceptable and expected to spit on the people who cannot afford a car to go to work. Or who lives in a non-wealthy part of the province. Because we are used to no one caring about us or what might happen to us and we just live on, silent and resigned because we were told (and shown, and beaten down when we thought differently) that this is our lot in life and we just can't change a thing. Because we are the third world and we can't aspire to a decent, functioning, respectful country. 

There's a girl in my college who lives in that area and takes that train to Once because she works there in a doctor's office. We are not friends, but we spent four years seeing each other every day. I texted her and she didn't answer. I might have her old number, I don't know. But god, this is awful. I just want to hear from her and be sure that she is not dead or hurt because no one gives a fuck about anything but getting rich trough people's misery. 

Fuck this all. Really. I'm honestly sick of this. 

Links for my non Argentinian flisters:

Date: 2012-02-23 11:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Goodness. When I saw the news, I was wondering if by chance you had been involved in some way. I'm glad to hear you're alright, and at the same time, I hope that girl's fine as well. Our prayers are with you.

The accident is really bad by itself, but there's been a lot of train-related accidents as of lately, haven't they...that's pretty discouraging =/

Date: 2012-02-23 11:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you. I hope she's fine, too. I live in Avellaneda, which is in the South of Buenos Aires and this train is the one that goes to the West (the Sarmiento). The one that comes here, the Roca, is just as crappy as that one, though. That's why I don't use the train: I'd rather spend more in the bus fee but not be treated like a freaking cow and get robbed.

There's been a lot of train accidents, you are right. I wonder how long it takes before the State takes the service away from the company.

Date: 2012-02-23 11:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Terrible, terrible, terrible... sorry such a thing hit so close to home. )= RIP to those who died.

Date: 2012-02-23 11:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you. It's a real tragedy.

Date: 2012-02-24 12:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I just read that in the paper tonight, and I thought to myself, I hope lovelycudy wasn't there! Not that I would have wanted anyone to be there, but I'm glad you're safe.

I hope the survivors can heal well and they can prevent such an awful accident from happening again ... ::hug::

Date: 2012-02-24 12:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you for your concern. I live in the South and this is the West train so, luckily, I've never been in it. But the South train sucks, too and that's why I use the bus, even if it's more expensive and slow.

I know the authorities are deployment some sort of counselling system for the injured and the relatives of the dead. I hope they can get all the help they need. And that this stuff stops happening.

Date: 2012-02-24 03:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I heard about this, and it's horrible. RIP to all those who were lost, and I hope that the others recover.

I had no idea of the politics behind it though. That's just awful.

Date: 2012-02-24 09:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
There's always politics behind tragedies like this, at least in countries like mine. And that's the worst part about all this, you know?

Date: 2012-02-24 03:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's terrible! I hope all the people who were lost rest in peace and their families and survivors heal well, emotionally and physically.

Date: 2012-02-24 09:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I hope the counselling team of the city's government does their job well. I just heard that the last missing person was found dead. Poor kid, he was only in his 20s.

Date: 2012-02-24 04:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm learning about this through you, since I haven't turned on a television the whole day... this is terrible, I pray that your peer is alright, and that the survivors are able recover. I can't imagine what it's like for the families... I hope their loved ones can rest in peace- but... this is terrible, hearing about, I actually don't have words.

Date: 2012-02-24 09:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
She's fine, thank God. She used her boyfriend's car that day to get to work but that was her train. She could have dies, just like that.

I hope people can go trough this. I can't imagine what the families and loved ones of the dead are going trough.

Date: 2012-02-24 05:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm glad you're fine! I hope your friend is ok.

Espero que esto haga que tu gobierno tome nota sobre las condiciones en las que está el pais y hagan algo!

Condolencias, y mis pensamientos y oraciones con Argentina.

Date: 2012-02-24 09:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Está bien, por suerte. Justo esa noche el novio se quedó a dormir en su casa y la llevó con el auto a trabajar. Pero podría haber viajado en ese tren, como todos los días.

Muchas gracias por el sentimiento.

Date: 2012-02-24 08:42 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
I saw this on TV and I'm relieved you're fine and nothing happened to you.


Date: 2012-02-24 09:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you for your concern, really. It means the world to me.

*hugs back*

Date: 2012-02-25 11:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've just seen the photos of this on the news, it's heartbreaking. I really do hope you hear from your friend soon. My thoughts are with you all.

Date: 2012-02-26 08:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It was a terrible tragedy. And they found a guy who was missing and was still dead on a wagon that was not directly affected. It took them two days to find the poor guy... he was crushed by the area that connects wagons. It's truly horrible.

Date: 2012-02-25 12:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh my God, that's so awful and terrifying. My deepest condolences to all of the victims, may they rest in peace and may the survivors will find the best closure.

Ah, social-politic. It's the same here, there's even a sarcastic saying about it, 'The poor is forbidden to get sick.' Because we can't afford hospital treatment.

Date: 2012-02-26 08:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you.

We have universal health care... in theory. But the truth is that the public hospitals are not prepared to take care of the ever increasing amount of people who can not pay for private health care which is made worse by the fact that many citizens from neighbouring countries came here to receive medical assistance because things are even worse where they live. The Argentinian health system used to be great, but decades of negligence and the neo-liberal policies of the 90s killed it. There are great doctors there but they buildings are a mess and there's not enough supplies and it's just depressing.

Those who can afford it get a private health company, which is crazily expensive: my sister and I still have my father's coverage and there's no way we could pay for it if it weren't for my father's company covering all the expenses.

It always infuriates me how anyone can actually think it's fair to let people die because they can't pay for a private clinic. It makes no sense.

Date: 2012-02-27 12:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh my god, that is terrible.

It's good to know that you are okay. I hope that the girl is fine as well.

I hope everyone lost rests in peace.

Date: 2012-02-27 10:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My classmate didn't take that train, after all, because her boyfriend took her to work with his car. She's fine, thanks God.

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