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Mine families' Camp Hope closing down

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A makeshift camp close to the San Jose mine has drawn the world’s attention for the past two months. But the families of the freed Chilean miners have started to pack up what they once called home.

The miners’ relatives descended on the barren desert in northern Chile after the August 5
accident.

Reflecting their refusal to give up the idea that the 33 were alive, the swathe of tents became known as Camp Hope.

During the eight-week ordeal, relatives comforted each other and prayed together. Others tried to take their mind off the ordeal through humour.

Chilean clown Rolando Gonzalez was one of those entertaining the children. Like the miners, he too is moving on.

“Everyone will forget this and they will also forget me,” Gonzalez said glumly.