"Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through fires of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you."
Isaiah 43: 1-2
As I sat on my bed in Canada reading those words from this ancient book, those words jumped off the page and became so much more than just words......they were a revelation. Especially having read them the day after one of Argentina's worst rail disasters. The day after Mardi Gras is Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is supposed to be a time for mourning and reflection as Lent commences. This years particular Ash Wednesday in Buenos Aires would be met not just by mourning but by chaos and tragedy.
Argentina's railway system has long been under criticism and scrutiny with pressure on the government to create better regulations. I've been on these trains many times and one glance at these trains and I could tell that they definitely did not have the maintenance of a Disney theme park ride.
It was on a Wednesday morning that started out like any other. This would be the very first run of the day and unfortunately it would be the only run that day. As the train pulled into the station, it failed to slow down and smashed into the barrier at full speed on the platform, causing the first two carriages to collide and literally mesh into each other.