Eating Bread When Scared?

Pola Carballo was bringing a cup of coffee to one of her patrons when she felt like the world was coming to an end amid an eerie rumble and things crashing all around her. It was the magnitude 7.7 earthquake that shook Mexico City on Sept. 19, 2022. “It was a very big fright; one always thinks that everything is going to fall,” said Carballo, a 53-year-old Indigenous woman who owns Café de Raíz in Mexico City’s Roma neighborhood. “But I remembered that in my town of Huasteca, in Veracruz, we form community by helping each other and forging ties," she continued, “which is why I grabbed the 50 bolillos [bread rolls] that we had and began to cut them, to distribute them,” she said

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