Journalist Verónica López presented her book “The Invisible Girl”


Journalist Verónica López presented her book “La chica invisible” (Editorial Cuarto Propio) on Monday at Vitacura’s Ritaroux Café.

It is a text that addresses the impact of the pandemic on children – everything from a conversation with his granddaughter – and is the product of a nonfiction fiction diploma the author completed at Alberto Hurtado University.

“I started asking mothers of small children what was happening to them. The world collapsed for me. Almost all of them told me the same thing and they were all suffering, they were doing very badly. I went to the mothers in Santiago and outside Santiago . Rich mothers and mothers who have lived in poverty”, commented the journalist.

Impact on childhood

During the event, the author cited a December 2022 article in the British weekly The Economist on the impact of the pandemic on children, entitled “The indirect effects of the pandemic on young children can last a lifetime.”

The note speaks of “closed gardens, parents with positive PCRs, bored, frightened children, without north, absent grandparents, closed playgrounds”.

“Children under five were the hardest hit. The worst occurred in the low-income classes, poor nutrition, zero education, reduced access to kindergartens and the first years of school. the few screens available and very little solidarity with the little ones In 2020, the education of the little ones fell to 0″.

“This pandemic has made children under five infinitely more complicated, with possible long-term effects. Poor nutrition, little attention from those who care for the little ones, who are themselves stressed, and access to very small gardens or gardens and almost zero pre-school campuses,” López quoted.

In Latin America, the magazine continues, the ability of children to reach schools with certain basic skills has declined sharply.

Towards the end of 2020, in Chile, children between three and four years old were barely able in language, in oral expression, in making themselves understood in the smallest things they needed help with.

diplomatic

The author also highlighted the contribution of the diploma course, conducted by the journalist and writer Roberto Herrscher, with professionals such as Patricia Rivera, in fiction and theater; Mireya Tabuas; writer Carlos Tromben; Claudio Pizarro, Journalist Award of Excellence for El Desconcierto; Milena Vodanovic, journalist and magister, the historian Gonzalo Peralta, and the journalist and magister Alberto Arellano, also a researcher for the Panama Papers.

“This is how this ‘Invisible Girl’ began. This is how the corrections and points of view of the director of the diploma also began. It is not my first book and the previous one has also undergone many corrections: 40 years of magazines, by Editoriale Catalonia, the year 2017. But this was pure feeling, pure delivery, pure having a bad time sometimes and moving on with others,” he recalled during the launch.

“So, when I put the point, I had to go to hospital for six months, due to a spinal fracture, the weight of life… But then my journalist niece, Paula López, and the Editorial Cuarto Propio also came to the rescue . Paula revised, reprinted, designed the cover, the titles and the colors. And we went on. Meanwhile, little by little, my address book was being saved, amidst the concern of my family and my friends”.

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