- Posted March 11, 2010 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Earthquakes in Chile
A town in ruins
TV is a very powerful instrument of information, entertainment because it can show images which get you closer to the story, in the case of journalism, to something you haven't lived. For example there were many reporters in Irak, showing us what was happening there. But there is nothing compared to being there.
It's not the same watching soldiers die in your TV instead of watching them die right there in front of your eyes. And it's not the same watching people suffering because they have no were to go after an earthquake on your TV instead of watching them suffer in front of you.
Now after making these different iReports for CNN, and especially this one, I can understand and value the tough job reporters have all over the world having to see images that sometimes our eyes just can't bare and on top of that try to transmit the emotion they felt when they see this images.
This was shot in Pelequen a village not far from Rancagua, which is the capital of the sixth region of Chile, seven days after the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that shook the country on the 27th of February. It's a small village and people were helping each other and with a bit of humor they were raising the town back to it's feet.
The devastation was very big so they had a big job but with solidarity and generosity anything is possible. For example my uncle who is the mayor in that village was lending a room he had to 2 other families who had nothing.
I have another iReport called "A house in ruins" that focuses on how a house in that village was totally destroyed.
I hope I've done a good job transmitting the feeling of devastation and destruction but also the feeling of hope.