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This Guy Survived a Plane Crash by Eating Those Who Didn’t

When 20-year-old Pedro Algorta jumped on a plane heading to Chile from Uruguay in 1972, he had no idea that moments later he would be stranded in a snow-covered mountain valley having just survived a plane crash.

The plane crash, avalanche and hypothermia proved deadly for all by 16 of the 45 people aboard the flight.  Those 16 were stuck in the Andes for 71 days, surviving on a diet superhuman mental stamina and cannibalism.

“Staying alive was always the main task, for which it was necessary to eat well, but not from a rational decision, rather from an instinctive imperative,” Pedro said in an interview with Vice.  “I always had a hand or something in my pocket, and when I could, I would begin to eat, to put something in my mouth, to feel that I was getting nourished.”

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For 35 years, Algorta never really talked about his experience, he didn’t have nightmares, he didn’t talk about it like other fellow survivors, he didn’t even think about what he had to do in the mountains to survive. That changed when he decided to write his book Into the Mountains and resurface all the memories to tell his story.


In his book, he describes the plane crash, how difficult it was to be part of a group of survivors and how, as a group, they made the decision to eat the dead.

“…Without convincing ourselves with logical thoughts, we just responded to our weakness, to our desire to survive,” he told Vice.  “A group of us went and picked up one of the bodies that we had and we started to make a small indentation with a piece of glass and then started eating, and that was all. It was the most normal and logical thing that we could do there in order to keep eating.”

And what happened when the survivors were confronted by the families of those who had perished and they had eaten? The families said, “It’s ok.”

Read the entire Algorta interview from Vice here.

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Texas Just Made It Harder For Undocumented Latinas To Get A Safe Abortion

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Texas Just Made It Harder For Undocumented Latinas To Get A Safe Abortion


As if it weren’t already hard enough for undocumented immigrants to live in this country, Texas is making it a bit harder with the new pro-life law HB 3994.

The law requires abortion clinics to request proof of name and age with a U.S. or Canadian-issued ID. This new requirement is meant to prevent minors from getting abortions without parental consent. However, it hinders the 1.8 million immigrants living in the state because they’re not likely to have any acceptable documents.

“It’s patently discriminatory,” said Heather Busby, executive director of the reproductive rights organization NARAL Pro-Choice Texas. “By saying you can have a Canadian ID, it is discriminating against all other countries. The reality is we know it’s people from Latin America who are hit the hardest.”

Before HB 3994, there was HB 2 — currently being contested in the U.S. Supreme Court — which forced 41 clinics to close due to the law’s restrictions. So traveling to another clinic for abortion services is almost out of the question for undocumented immigrants, not only due to the lack of clinics, but because they’d also have to cross Border Patrol checkpoints and risk being deported.

This situation has forced many to seek unsafe alternatives. “At one clinic, a client called and said, ‘Tell me what in my medicine cabinet [or] under my kitchen sink I can use,'” said David Brown, staff attorney for the national Center for Reproductive Rights. “When you drastically reduce access to safe and legal abortions, you see more women turning to self-abortion or illegal abortion. The harder you make it for women, the more of that kind of conduct and desperation we’re going to see.”

Get more details on HB 3994 from Vice’s in depth report here.

READ: Ahead of Major Abortion Rights Hearing, Dascha Polanco Speaks Out

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