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Conexión Samantha

Conexión Samantha

I have a new hero.  Jordi Evolve from Salvados has been my hero of the past year but the excitement has worn off and yesterday evening I found a new one!  Samanta Villar from Conexión Samanta is my new cool, rock chica hero – I love her!  So why do I need a hero?  I think we all need one, especially nowadays with this relentless, on-going crisis and depression that Spain is going through, never mind the rest of the world.  I am not a fan of bad news and try to stay clear of it.  I really don’t need or want to know how much is being stolen from the people; how many are being evicted and how much they are expected to pay of their mortgages once they have no home to live in.  No, I really don’t want to know because there but for the grace of God go I.

So why Samantha and what has she got that other TV presenters haven’t?  Empathy.  That young woman is full of it!  I have seen her out and about on TV for the last couple of years and always enjoyed how she gets people, really tries to understand them and doesn’t judge them.  That’s one helluva maturity and I admire maturity in people so much, especially when I feel I have not shown much of it in so many spaces and places in my life.

Last night’s programme dealt with the sad truth about those being evicted in Spain and about the courage so many of them have found to lift their heads up and keep going.  The “okupas” in Andalusia were the main subject of the show and vaya gente, what a people.  Samantha gave them space, these were real people, not dressed up in anything other than being those who through bad luck and unfair consequences have had to move into empty buildings owned by the banks and speculators and not without a lot of pain and suffering, never mind no water and electricity.  She had an empathy that makes her a hero in my book – she held their hands, she cried with them, she felt their pain and that is what came through last night.  There but for the grace of God go I.



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