ACI Prensa Staff, Nov 10, 2023 / 18:40 pm
The archbishop-elect of Santiago de Chile, Fernando Chomali, shared a reflection decrying the deplorable living conditions that led to a fire that left 14 migrants dead in a settlement in the Cerro Obligado neighborhood of the town of Coronel.
The tragedy occurred Nov. 6 in a house built with pallet wood and tin roofing in a camp where families of Venezuelan migrants live in very precarious conditions. Among the deceased are eight minors.
“Rage, helplessness, indignation, pain, sorrow; a lot of sorrow is experienced when children and adults die in a raging fire,” Chomali began his column posted on X.
But to these feelings he said he adds “shame, because the reign of apathy is the cause of these foreseeable and avoidable fires if people in extreme need had more support and more of a reception from the authorities.”