The last two Ecuadorians who knew that an earthquake had devastated the country and demolished their homes arrived on Saturday night to Guayaquil. They are happy. “Very happy,” they said. “Happier than ever.” And, as Pope John Paul II, they kiss the earth.
They are happy for reasons that make no one smile: because they departed from Pedernales, Manabi, on March 2 this year in search of a good fishing trip to get the money pay their debts, to buy food and to fix the motorcycle of Carlos Benitez, 27, who had left his daughters Liliana (8) and Yotzmari (6) at home, to embark on the old boat of his friend and neighbor George Mero (25) and the Colombian Jose Preciado (25 ). And because, they say they are not fishermen, they are “seafarers.”