Javier’s death spells the demise of village

THE death of a young person is always a tragedy. But in the case of 25-year-old Javier García, it is twice as mournful.

That’s because Javier was the last young man remaining, actually willing to live and work in the Asturian municipality of Yernes y Tameza.

People there are aware that the village is dying because it has Spain’s lowest birth rate, and the last child born there was a decade ago. But he and his family moved away.

Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported that García, the only man under the age of 50 working in the township, drove his tractor along the steep road connecting the two biggest villages of the municipality, Yernes and Villabre.

For reasons unknown, the tractor, towing a heavy load of tiles, overturned and crushed him. The emergency medical helicopter, the only possible assistance in the isolated mountainous region, was 70 kilometres away in Gozon, rescuing a woman who had been trapped on a beach.

Mayor Manuel Tamargo and several neighbours, who had waved farewell to him just moments before, as he started his journey, tried to help García.

But their efforts were in vain, as they awaited the helicopter’s arrival, because tragic García died at the scene.

Former Mayor Carlos Fernandez, told El Mundo: “It’s incredible, terrible; the only young man who worked in the town and wanted to live here.”

True, his brother still lives in Yernes y Tameza, but he is employed by a neighbouring council.

As the crow flies, it is not far from the busy town of Oviedo, but it’s 1,000 metres above sea level, in inaccessible terrain, and has a mere 140 registered inhabitants.

Only three children have been born there so far this century, and just one, aged 13, remains in the area.


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