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Rebuilding with indifference

While the government is still doing the math to figure out the funds needed for the reconstruction, thousands of families continue living in uncertainty
Rebuilding with indifference
Cleaning operations in Álvaro Obregón quarter - File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
Mexico City
Newspaper Leader by EL UNIVERSAL
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In 1985, the wounds left by the earthquake in Mexico City lasted several decades; years after this tragedy, groups of victims were still demanding for a place to live – it is hard to believe but last year several homes were still given to the earthquake victims of 32 years ago.

The story we have in 2018, after the September 19 earthquake – of 2017 – is not that distant from the one in 1985. Times have changed, with different governments and technologies, yet the slow pace of the reconstruction is the same. Almost six months after the quake there are buildings still missing an official evaluation and their status is unknown: to be rebuilt or demolished. Reconstruction progress is slow and subjected to political agendas.

According to the information EL UNIVERSAL presents today, there are 5,000 buildings that need to be evaluated and out of the 422 schools which suffered minor damages, less than half have been repaired.

In order to allocate resources under a transparent procedure, supervised by the citizens, a reconstruction committee was created which sank after no member of the civil society was able to intervene. As a last resort, the Government Commission of the Legislative Assembly of Mexico City, without heeding the recommendations of the Reconstruction Commission, gave almost MXN$ 8 billion to 10 Mexico City departments. This caused the disintegration of the Reconstruction Committee and what seemed at first a different way to do things ended up being the traditional political imposition.

While the high spheres of the government are still doing the math to figure out the total amount of funds needed for the reconstruction, thousands of families continue living in uncertainty, ignoring if they'll ever get back a property they can call their own.

Outside of the circle of victims the next issue is often overshadowed by others which are priority for the public opinion: supplies for the thousands who are living without a roof, on camping tents. This isn't a priority for the people who have the obligation to act on this emergency.

For the above there is one word: indifference, which applies for those who are unmoved. If indifference is all that persists in matters requiring immediate attention, then little can be expected for other areas of public life.


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