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Fire victims complain at lack of support

Posted by dolly diver on July 31, 2008
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MascaThe first anniversary of the forest fires, which affected many people in Northern areas of Tenerife, has been chosen as the time for the affected people to vent their anger at the lack of aid received.

The authorities promised that compensation would be paid immediately to hundreds of people, particularly farmers who lost land in the fires that broke out on 30 July 2007.

Residents of Los Realejos and Masca say that little help has been received in helping to clear potentially hazardous scrub to prevent a the blazes of last year happening again.

The accusations have been rejected by the island authorities, who insist that applications for assistance have been processed in full except for a small number of claims.

Santiago del Teide county council has issued the route for the 11th annual Santiago pilgrimage walk, the Ruta Jacobea Tinerfeña 2008, The walk is scheduled for July 19th and 20th.

Pilgrims will follow the traditional route this year which leaves from the Santiago Apóstol parish church in Los Realejos. It was at this church that the nine Guanche kings were baptised, the ancient aboriginal rulers of the island who signalled the formal conversion of Tenerife to Christianity after the Spanish conquest.

The route will then take the Pilgrims to the hermitage in the Valle de Arriba just outside of Santiago del Teide, then on to the Santiago Apóstol church in Santiago del Teide.

During the walk several places of historical interest will be visited. The Mirador de La Corona, las Coladas del Volcán de Garachico, Los Campeches, la Fuente del Bardo, and Los Partidos de Franki, before arriving at the hermitage of Santiago, which was built in 1550.

Vehicles are being organised to carry back packs and to provide first aid if required.

Those interested need to contact the Cultural department at the Santiago del Teide town hall or telephone 922863127: Ext. 234 or 235.

There are a limited number of places so book early.