“If you ever want an ice cream, there you have an ice cream parlor,” the 89-year-old man said as he points to a part of the rubble with his walking stick. Pointing his walking stick towards another part of the rubble, he continued, “Do you want a special dessert? There’s a shop just around the corner. Well, there was. Today, there is nothing left.”
This man is Pablo Novak. He was born here in Villa Epecuén, a small town in the Buenos Aires province. He has witnessed the town’s birth and death.
The whole town was flooded due to violent rains in the year 1985, and the waters would only subside 25 years later.
“When the city flooded, I didn’t leave. Both because I wanted it and also because I felt an obligation towards this place.”
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