The World: Cannibalism on the Cordillera

THE snowcapped Andes of South America are a cruel and unforgiving barrier. When storms are brewing, plane crashes are frequent; invariably after an aircraft goes down, mountain people remark that "the Cordillera never gives anyone back." Last week, though, the Cordillera had been forced to give back 16 of the 45 people who had been aboard a Uruguayan air force plane that hit a mountain peak in mid-October. Incredibly, the survivors lasted for 73 days in deep snow and subfreezing temperature. They took extremely grim measures in order to do so—they ate...

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