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Timed to mark the fortieth anniversary of the 1973 Chilean coup that led to the death or disappearance of thousands and forced hundreds of thousands more to flee the country, Hora Chilena is the previously untold story of those who sought refuge in Cambridge.

With few language skills and no friends or family, the Chileans worked tirelessly to make ends meet and build a new life for their young families, aided by a small band of sympathetic Cambridge citizens.


‘Enrique’ – the first full interview from Hora Chilena is now online

Posted in Frontpage Blog

It has always been the intention of the Hora Chilena project to make the full stories of all those people we interviewed available to the wider public. Not only do they capture an important passage of social history, but the individual tales are, without exception, fascinating personal sagas which resonate for many people beyond Chile and the UK who have found themselves displaced.

This is the first of many that will go on-line. It is the engrossing story of Enrique, once of the Chilean Air Force before being sentenced to 25 years and a day by the Pinochet dictatorship for not sharing their politics. With the aid of smuggled letters and solid campaigning from the UK and elsewhere, he managed to get out and ended up in Cambridge where a new life began. This is his story, uncut.

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