The story that never was

OSCAR VIGIL / TORONTO /
It’s hard to find news about Latin American issues in Canadian newspapers. You only see that kind of news when something really bad happens, and the stories you see are never the most accurate, the most human or from a Latino-Canadian perspective.

In November last year, the rain, the deforestation and the poverty in El Salvador caused one of the deadliest mudslides in the recent years. Around 200 persons died and thousand were sent to precarious shelters.

In Toronto, hundreds of Salvadoran, Latin-Americans and Canadians, gave a hand to the victims organizing festivals, radio marathons, and making “pupusas” and “tamales”, to send money, food and medicine to the victims.

One Torontonian woman lost her sister, her brother in law and two of his nieces in the disaster, but she worked hard to help to the rest of the victims. There had, at least, one interesting story for the Canadian population.

I sent some emails to journalists I know ‘pitching’ the story. I also wrote to the editor of one of the most important newspapers in the country about the “journalistic opportunity”. And I received answers, apparently good answers.

Two journalists asked me for contacts to make interviews. I sent the contacts, but at the end of the day, the mainstream media journalists never called the Salvadoran community for the story.

The article, the story I proposed, had the front pages at the Hispanic media, but had nothing in the mainstream media.

Maybe next time, I mean, in the next tragedy.