After twelve days of bitter anguish since two year old Julen fell down an illegal borehole of no more than 25 centimetres diametre during a family day out, finally the miners are now, at the time of writing, closing in on where the infant must be lying, 110 meters deep down into the mountain.
It has been one of the most difficult rescue missions ever known, not only in Spain but in the world. The whole country is right now glued to the TV waiting for news that little Julen has been found. Hundreds of people from the small town and further afield have come together during these anxious days of continuing setbacks in the work to find Julen to offer their services, food and homes to the selfless rescue workers. From ‘El Pais’ this afternoon:
Totalán: The Spanish town united for trapped toddler Julen Roselló
Totalán is a small town nestled between mountains in a part of Málaga province known as Axarquía. It is home to just 715 residents. But when 300 people descended on the village to help rescue Julen Roselló, the two-year-old boy who fell down a 110-meter borehole on January 13, the people of Totalán were quick to pitch in and help. The priority is clear: rescuers must have everything they need to reach Julen.
This tremendous display of goodness in an unprecedented outpouring of prayers, kindness and concern, not only from the townsfolk at the scene, but also from the 300 strong rescue team (who have been working nonstop round the clock) and from millions of onlookers around the world, demonstrates the very best of humanity and the grandeur of the human heart. Nothing has been left aside in this effort to save the life of one little boy that only a tiny percentage of these people have ever met.
In this time of widespread abortion, infanticide and growing calls to legalise euthanasia, (often known as the ‘Culture of Death’) it is heartwarming to witness the real purpose for which Man was created, and so vividly seen here in the case of Julen: to treasure, safeguard and protect every single life! Life is sacred, for each human being is created in the Image and Likeness of God:
Of all visible creatures only man is “able to know and love his creator”.219 He is “the only creature on earth that God has willed for its own sake”,220 and he alone is called to share, by knowledge and love, in God’s own life. It was for this end that he was created, and this is the fundamental reason for his dignity. (CCC 356)
During all this time of the rescue, Julen’s distraught young father, José Roselló – despite mostly keeping a low key since the toddler fell down the borehole a few yards away from him – has come forward in tears to thank the police, rescue workers and many kindnesses received. Meanwhile the days keep passing by in anguish for all concerned with the drilling and digging meeting with one obstacle after another. Throughout this agonising wait Julen’s parents have clung to the belief that their little son is still alive, protected by the angel of his elder brother (who died, aged three, from a sudden cardiac arrest in 2017). They adamantly refuse to give up hope. Naturally, if little Julen were indeed to come out alive from this borehole after twelve plus days, it would be nothing short of miraculous.
THIS article published four days ago in El Pais reports on the background and some of the events leading up to the imminent conclusion of the rescue of Julen. We will publish an update when the rescue operation is completed.
UPDATE – BREAKING NEWS: At 01:25 hours, on January 26, the lifeless body of Julen Roselló has been recovered from the borehole.