Last updated: 26 august, 2010 - 12:46 GMT

Chile's trapped miners: A waiting uncle's story

The men are sheltering in a side chamber 7km into the copper and gold mine

Thirty-three miners trapped underground in Chile have now been told that it could take until Christmas to get them out.

Florencio Antonio Avalos Silva and Renan Anselmo Avalos Silva

Florencio (L) and Renan Avalos Silva have told their uncle that they are fine

The government said the miners, who have already spent weeks underground, had accepted the news.

Families of the men have been camping on the surface of the copper mine in Chile's Atacama Desert ever since the rockfall earlier this month.

Alberto Avalos Silva is the uncle of two of the trapped men.

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First broadcast 26 August 2010

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