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Chile miners: Camp Hope saw an 'explosion of solidarity'

October 12, 2010 |  1:11 pm

The makeshift village known as Camp Hope that sprung up around the Chile miners rescue operation is choked with media trailers, satellite trucks and family members' tents.

Sen. Baldo Prokurica said the camp has seen an "explosion of solidarity" among local businesses and municipalities helping with daily operations.

Food has been provided for hundreds of people — relatives of the 33 trapped miners, government officials and media types -- in the form of three meals a day since late August. Cellphone carriers built additional towers to facilitate communication after the Aug. 5 collapse of the gold and copper mine. Even Rolly the Clown has donated his services.

"Nobody pays for anything here," Prokurica said.

 -- Chris Kraul in Copiapo, Chile

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