The ties with those who left their homeland

The ties with those who left their homeland
The ties with those who left their homeland

They present this afternoon at San Pablo-T, and tomorrow at Virla, a book about Uruguayans living abroad.

“Those who left are still linked. They had an origin, a secondary school where they absorbed the national signs that unites them and a common factor, that of identity. “They are the country that is outside,” describes the Uruguayan writer and journalist. Fabián Muñoz Rojo, author of “El Departamento 20 del Uruguay”, which this afternoon will be presented, at 8:00 p.m., at the Cultural Center of the San Pablo-T University (September 24, 476), and tomorrow, at 7:30 p.m., at the Cultural Center Virla (May 25, 265). It is a different approach to migration and the reality of Uruguayans living abroad, many of whom formed organizations where nostalgia, affection and ties were combined in what they called “The Pilgrim Homeland.”

Muñoz Rojo, who has worked in his country’s foreign ministry, took care of the unique “Department 20”, which established links with emigrants. It is estimated that there are 375,000 Uruguayans who have emigrated, many of them, “mainly to Argentina, due to its proximity, but also to Mexico, the United States, France, Spain, and Italy. To Australia, which was the first to have immigration and is very strong in the community. He was a great pillar of emigration; Those who migrated already have kids.”

In that Department, links were made between people with very different stories, from those who left for economic reasons to those who emigrated for political reasons. A 2008 law gave rise to this linking task and “established that every two years you have to meet. And there were many outside and there at the meetings (in Montevideo and the last one, due to the pandemic, virtual) I met several; There was the issue of voting and other matters to resolve. There we think that we have to show what Uruguayans have experienced abroad from every point of view. And that’s where the book emerged. What reminiscences, what nostalgia, what has been experienced and not visualized. So to visualize it I got into that narrative for which I wrote the book. There are varied stories, testimonies of living and deceased people. For example, there is the life of well-known people, Alfredo Zitarrosa, Eduardo Galeano, Daniel Viglietti, Mario Benedetti. “So I searched and put together at what moment his link with Uruguay was clearly shown.”

In addition to touching on the stories of those who made contributions throughout the world for Uruguay and its people, it also touches on those who returned making their experiences and resources available, as well as those who participated in solidarity campaigns such as “Operation Sunflower.” ” that was carried out during the pandemic – called “Solidarity campaign for Uruguay living abroad” – to contribute to the citizen emergency. “All this has a framework of those who once emigrated for different reasons. I dedicated myself to studying global migration, which today everyone handles and no one can say they don’t know about it. It is the diaspora, the people who leave.” Department 20 deals precisely with that link with those who left and reflects this text about people who, beyond their ideologies, turn their sights to their homeland. Muñoz Rojo gives as an example what the Argentine Miguel Ángel Estrella did for his country with education through art from exile. In this sense, in this book “the idea is to rescue the values ​​and identity that remain like a wind under the skin.”

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