Bolivian Miner Rescued in Chile Will Not Return to Bolivia
Opinión, Cochabamba, 14-Oct-2010: Family members of Bolivian miner Carlos Mamani Solis, rescued along with 32 others from the San José mine in Chile, reported he has decided not to accept a job offer from Bolivian President Evo Morales, and will not return to Bolivia because he believes the country does not offer adequate living conditions.
María Herrera, the Bolivian miner's mother-in-law, in statements to Red Erbol, said the necessary conditions to return to Bolivia do not exist; therefore, Mamani prefers to remain in the trans-Andean country that welcomed him and offered him better working conditions and economic stability.
"Bolivia doesn't offer adequate living conditions. I had to abandon my home in Cochabamba," he affirmed in an interview, while indicating that President Evo Morales' job offer "isn't a sure thing".
The family demands the Bolivian government guarantee Carlos Mamani a home to live in, job stability, and a secure future for his small daughter in order to return to Bolivia.
In La Paz, René Martinez, president of the Bolivian senate, said the decision to return, or not, to Bolivia is strictly a personal decision to be made by the miner who was rescued at 2:09 a.m. (Bolivian time) after having spent 70 days underground in the San José mineshaft along with 32 other miners.
"It's a personal decision our brother Carlos Mamani has to make. We aren't discussing the type of job, but the government's hands are open to receiving our fellow countryman," the authority stated to Erbol.
Meanwhile, Abraham Monasterios, an opposition congressman (of the Convergencia Nacional party), saluted President Morales' intent to visit the rescued miner; however, he criticized the leader's attitude upon offering Mamani a job, as he believes it was untimely.
The President of Bolivia, after visiting Mamani at the Regional Hospital of Copiapó, where he remains under medical observation, told the international press that he had offered his fellow countryman a job along with all social benefits.
He even expressed his desire to return to Bolivia along with the miner, who had acquiesced to returning to the country to accept the job offer, but had stated everything would depend on the medical report and the decision his family would make together.
Finally, after traveling to the Esperanza region to witness the rescue of the miners trapped in the San José mine, Morales returned to Bolivia without Carlos Mamani.
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