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Chilean Miner's Wife Speaks Out Against Mistress: I Have A Sense Of Decency

Marta Salinas, married to Chilean miner Yonni Barrios, chose not to be present at his rescue after learning that he has had a mistress, Susanna Valenzuela, for 10 years.

But it’s not only his extraction from the mine Marta missed, she has also refused to visit him at the hospital after watching his tearful reunion with Susanna on TV.

Marta speaks out on how she feels about him after this whole ordeal and it isn’t very nice.


“If he wants to see me or talk to me he can come find me,” Marta tells the Guardian. “I have his belongings and all these gifts people have sent him he is welcome to have them.”

She also said that when she saw that her husband was safe, she did not feel “anything in particular.”  She continues, “I’m glad I didn’t go to the mine, it was the correct decision. It would have been wrong if the two of us were there I have children and grandchildren. That kind of situation wouldn’t have been good for my family, and my sons come first. He is crazy and cocky to think I would do such a thing. I have a sense of decency.”

Do you think she is right?  Should she have gone?

Marta says she is not bitter. “This is historic but soon it will be over to the next thing. People move on in a few years everyone will have forgotten about this. They think they will all be millionaires overnight but it’s not like that. Only the skillful ones will make something from this.”

I think Yonni may have a chance to make some cash. His story has dominated headlines and seems ripe for a made-for-TV movie.

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