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The world has been watching the trials and rescue of 12 young boys and their soccer coach trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand, but there’s a specific group on the other side of the world that is wary of the boys’ future for other reasons.

The Thailand cave rescue has brought back rushing memories, as well as some anxiety, for the 33 Chilean miners who spent 69 days trapped underground in 2010.

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The men were similarly the focus of international attention and media, and they’ve offered a few words of advice to the young boys.

“They shouldn’t be ashamed to be scared,” Omar Reygadas, 64, said of the boys, according to the Associated Press. “Because we were scared, too. Our tears also ran. Even as adult men, we cried.”

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Since their rescue, several of the miners have experienced unemployment, psychological breakdowns and trouble forming relationships, members of the group told Reuters on Tuesday.

Urzua related his experience specifically to these sentiments, saying at times he was blinded by the media light and the multiple lawyers offering contracts and politicians eager to be a part of his story.

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Jorge Galleguillos, one of the 33, said he felt like a celebrity after the incident, and was invited to Hollywood, the Vatican, Israel and the Chilean presidential palace.

“In the moment, everyone is talking about you — in the press, on television, you are front page news everywhere — and then … nothing,” Galleguillos, 63, said.

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Urzua also praised Thai authorities for not revealing the names of the boys, suggesting it will help them better reintegrate back into society. He feels the boys should only tell their story when they are individually ready to do so.

“They and their families won’t have the capacity to cope with this kind of...
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