Instituto Fernand Braudel de Economia Mundial - Associado à FAAP

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Ed. 28: From the Andes to São Paulo

Migration far and wide

Author: Albino Ruiz Lazo | Publicado em 20010

Dos Andes a São Paulo

My birth stopped telegraph service on the line that used to link the towns along the shore of Lake Titicaca in Peru's highlands. On a dull wet Sunday in December 1955, neighbors rook an old blind midwife from her shack high above the town of Acora to the post office where my mother worked as a telegrapher. When her labor pains starred, my mother informed the other telegraph operators on the line from the city of Puno to the Bolivian border. They kept the line open, in case my birth proved difficult and she had to be rushed in a passing truck to Puno, 30 kilometers to the north.

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