Camp at San Jose mine
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Camp Hope waits for trapped Chile miners

Relatives of the 33 Chilean miners trapped in a mine shift are living in tents near the damaged mine shaft as they wait for news of their loved ones.

The BBC's James Reynolds, at the San Jose mine gold and copper mine near the city of Copiapo, some 725km (450 miles) north of Santiago, says the men's relatives are being urged to write to their loved ones as often as possible as part of the effort to keep their spirits up.

On Friday Chile's Health Minister Jaime Manalich said five of the miners, trapped 700m (2,300ft) below ground, were showing signs of depression.

  • 29 Aug 2010
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