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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 12:35 PM
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Los Topos - Mexican Mole Men, on their way to Haiti
Edited on Sun Jan-17-10 12:36 PM by Xipe Totec
While three Mexican military planes are on their way to Haiti with 15 tons of relief supplies, and two naval ships the Huasteco and the Papaloapan are steaming towards the disaster-struck nation, a special shout-out should be given to an unexpected good Samaritan, PRI Federal Deputy Francisco Rojas.

Rojas has convinced his fellow PRI Deputies to chip in to pay the airfare for probably the best and most needed resource Mexico can offer its sister Republic: la Brigada Internacional de Rescate Tlaltelolco-Azteca, the Mole Men of Tlaltelolco.


A spontaneous response to Mexico Citys own tragic earthquake of 19 September 1985, the Brigadas nucleus were residents of Tlatelolco who when several apartment buildings collapsed and the PRI controlled government was either too paralyzed or inept to act took it upon themselves to rescue their trapped neighbors. While the original crew included some, like sewer workers, who had the special skills useful for the dangerous work of digging though unstable rubble, many relied on a very tough on-the-job training program.

In the years since, the Mole Men all volunteers who are willing to walk off their jobs and risk their lives for complete strangers anywhere in the world where natural disasters strike have become one of, if not THE, most respected search and rescue teams in the world. After the Christmas Tsuami of 2004, German airline Lufthansa provided free transport to the Mole Men from Mexico City to Indonesia, where an Australian Air Force plane (and crew) was put at their disposal


http://mexfiles.net/2010/01/14/los-topos-to-haiti/
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frebrd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 12:39 PM
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1. K&R! n/t
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 12:44 PM
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2. God speed
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peacetalksforall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 12:46 PM
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3. Fabulous. I thrilled to have learned about them. My eyes and heart are full of tears
of pride.
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snagglepuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 12:48 PM
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4. I second that. nt
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flamingdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 11:44 PM
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18. +1
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sonias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 12:54 PM
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5. Awesome
I love these guys! Bless them and may they be very successful in Haiti where they are so badly needed.

:loveya: la Brigada Internacional de Rescate Tlaltelolco-Azteca

Sonia
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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 01:03 PM
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6. A big thank you as well to the NY, FL, and CA Search and Rescue Teams
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sonias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 01:49 PM
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7. Yes
Everyone who is helping in this effort is a wonderful human being. And may they find comfort in the help they provide.

:applause: :applause:

Sonia
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bertman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 02:16 PM
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8. Great story. Thanks, Xipe Topec. Rec
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a la izquierda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 04:15 PM
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9. Thank you to these heroes from my second home...
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 06:56 PM
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10. Good luck to them.
:)
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Melissa G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:53 PM
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11. Prayers for the rescue workers and those they are trying to save
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 08:17 AM
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12. K&R.
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RedRoses323 Donating Member (175 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 08:36 AM
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13. Fantastic!
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
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Soylent Brice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 08:59 AM
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14. K&R
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 11:32 PM
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15. THANK YOU MEXICO!!
:thumbsup:
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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 11:56 PM
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16. Thank you, Tlatelolco, and the other barrios of Mexico City
Thank you, to the blue collar workers, the union workers, and the plain ordinary people of Mexico, who understand what it means to be one of US; the salt and spice of the earth.
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 12:29 PM
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17. So glad to read your information, and hear about these people for the first time.
So sorry I didn't ever know about them earlier.

May their courageous, heroic efforts also be safe for them, and successful. It's rare enough finding people of their quality, and they need to be protected.

Best wishes to "Mole Men". They are bigger than other people inwardly.

Thank you, Xipe Totec.
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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-23-10 09:19 PM
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19. Update on The Topos in Haiti
Los Topos have been in Haiti, involved in the rescue of 15 live victims, so far, after the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that devastated that country last week.



Oscar Oliva was one of the rescue workers who saved 69 year-old Ena Zizi who was trapped alive under Haitis Roman Catholic cathedral for eight days. Before he left, he told the press that Los Topos work with picks, shovels and a lot of heart.



Leopoldo was in charge of Sombra, one of Los Topos rescue dogs who first located Ena Zizi in that miraculous rescue, eight days after the earthquake in Haiti trapped her. Leopoldo told Radio W in Mexico that the feeling of finding her alive was like that of his children being born.


http://guanabee.com/2010/01/los-topos-de-mexico /
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