Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Colombia can be a little dangerous... Buenaventura maybe a lot

So this was a news article that appeared on the BBC after we got a phone call from Salt Lake informing us that they had talked to the missionaries and had taken all precautionary steps to ensure their safety.
Waited to post this till all was well.

Colombia's Buenaventura on alert after 'rebel' attack
Residents fear gangs may take advantage of the power cut to commit crimes under the cover of darkness
Authorities in the Colombian city of Buenaventura, on the Pacific coast, have temporarily banned the sale of alcohol and the carrying of arms.
The measure comes after an electricity tower was blown up on Monday, leaving 450,000 residents without power.
President Juan Manuel Santos blamed the attack on left-wing Farc rebels and said recent attacks such as that on the port city were threatening ongoing peace talks with the guerrillas.
He said Farc "were playing with fire".
Unbearable heat
Buenaventura, Colombia's most important port on the Pacific coast, and a city already wracked by gang violence, suffered a power cut on Monday evening.
Many homes in Buenaventura are basic at best. They now lack power too.
Hospitals, health centres, schools and the homes of almost half a million people were affected.
Residents reported conditions quickly becoming unbearable in the hot and humid climate.
At first the authorities thought the power station had been attacked, but after flying over the rural area surrounding Buenaventura, the military said at least one key pylon had been blown up.
Locals reported hearing an explosion just before the power went out.
Buenaventura Mayor Bartolo Valencia asked the military to secure the area to allow workers to re-establish the cut-off lines as soon as possible, but the energy company says it could take up to three days.
Fear of the dark
Buenaventura was left without power for three days once before in 2012 after a similar rebel attack.
Buenaventura has one of the highest murder rates in Colombia
Hospitals and the offices of the port authority have generators, but residents say they have no way of keeping their basic foodstuff refrigerated.
The power cut came just days after 16,000 people were left without water when an aqueduct was blown up in eastern Meta province, an attack which has also been attributed to the Farc,
President Santos warned the rebels that he would end peace talks unless the group stopped targeting civilians.
Government and rebel negotiators have been meeting since November 2012 and have reached agreement on three key agenda issues, but many Colombians are getting impatient with the slow pace of the talks.
Mr Santos said he would travel to Buenaventura later on Wednesday for a security summit.
Local authorities fear gang members may take advantage of the darkness to drive up Buenaventura's record murder rate even further.

Rawly go to send a quick mid-week email to assure us that all was well
July 31st
So hey:
So President Pricoli wanted us to send you a letter just in case you are worried, everything is okay here, there is no need to worry. Everything is under control and I'll talk to you this Monday. 
It's like a just in case you are worried letter :) 
I love you sooo soooo sooo much! 
It's actually pretty cool living without electricity in a huge city, lots of candles hahaha and we are in the house at 6:30 in the afternoon so that nothing happens, don't-cha worry. 
Love you to the moon and back

So glad this part of the "adventure" is over!

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