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Chapecoense tragedy one year on: victims’ loved ones tell their story

As the anniversary approaches of the plane crash that claimed so many of the Brazilian club’s staff, victims’ families speak about the battle to rebuild their lives

Amanda Machado’s two-year-old son saved her from suicide. Adriana Saroli sees her granddaughter Ana Clara, a newborn baby, as the hope for better days and a new life. Guilherme Biteco has stopped watching football but still looks at recordings of his brother playing to find inspiration. It was not only the six people who were left alive after the Chapecoense plane crash who are survivors. As Tuesday’s anniversary of the disaster that killed 71 passengers and crew approaches, there are many more who are still rebuilding.

Twelve months ago the Brazilian club’s squad, the coaching staff, officials and the media were on their way to Medellín in Colombia for the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final against Atlético Nacional. Having started out in São Paulo, they changed planes in the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra. The flight developed fuel and electrical problems and crashed into a mountain ridge a dozen miles from its destination. One journalist, two crew members and four players were found alive, but one of the Chapecoense quartet – the goalkeeper Danilo – soon died of his injuries.

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from The Guardian