Copiapó (Agenzia Fides) - This time 42 Bolivian citizens returned to their country on the night of Tuesday 16 June. The journey was made possible thanks to the commitment of the Bishopric of Copiapó (Chile) and to two weeks of intense work together with the regional government, the immigration department, the police and the travelers themselves.
The group said goodbye to Atacama and travelled about 16 hours to reach Tata Santiago camp, in Pisiga, Bolivia. This camp is located on the border, opposite Colchane, where they will remain under quarantine, and finally they will be able to return to their hometown.
Once on the bus, the passengers received a special greeting and a blessing from Fr. Guido Castagna, delegate for Pastoral Care, and from the Administrator of the diocese, Fr. Jaime Pizarro. According to the note sent to Fides, this is the second group of Bolivian citizens who was able to return to their country during this critical moment due to the Covid pandemic. The first, consisting of 77 people, had left in late May. The possibility of organizing a third group for the next few weeks is currently being considered.
The migration situation in South America has always been delicate and difficult, aggravated in this case by the closure of borders in the face of a health emergency. The main reason for their return is the lack of work and other resources to live in a foreign country. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 18/6/2020)