“Eliana was living her dream. Since 2008, he traveled the world. I had traveled 40 countries, I was very happy”. The one who talks to Clarion is Débora Casula, sister by the mother of Eliana Barrionuevo, the 37-year-old Argentine who died in an accident in the Municipality of Dusheti, in Georgia. The tragic end occurred on August 23 and until today they try raise the funds necessary to repatriate his remains.
He grew up in Villa Bosch, part of Tres de Febrero and when he finished high school he decided that his thing was to travel. That was the way he wanted to live, he told himself. And then he communicated it to his family. His first adventure faced her to the finger. He reached Mexico and did not stop anymore.
He had been a nomad for 12 years and recounted his experiences through his Instagram account “Go around the world”. From that space he shared photos and videos of each of the destinations he visited. A mixture of incredible landscapes, typical foods of each place and advice on lodging and walks. She was followed by 7 thousand people on the social network. Also, he had a travel blog.
Every one or two years he returned to the country to see his parents and his three siblings: Débora (45), Nahuel (39) and Milagros (26). “He was last in October of last year. Due to the pandemic, she had been stranded in Georgia. From there, she went to Greece and then we waited for her again in Argentina ”, Débora details.
On Sunday, August 23, he had booked an excursion in Dusheti. “I was riding a minibus up a mountain on a complicated path surrounded by cliffs known as ‘the route of death.’ The transport rushed out. 17 people died, among them, Eliana ”, says his sister who assures that the causes of the accident are not yet clear. “In the news there they said that a car hit them head-on even though we are still waiting for the expertise”, It contributes.
Her family knew about the excursion, they were in constant contact with her. That afternoon they were waiting for a little message that never arrived.
The next day, they received a call from the Argentine embassy in Turkey. That was how they learned that Eliana had died. “We are destroyed. In the last two months my mother has aged 100 years, ”continues Débora.
Eliana had travel medical insurance but had not paid the last installment, so the repatriation of her body was left to her family members. “We don’t have the money. We asked for help through the Municipality of Tres de Febrero and also from people close to the President and they told us that they did not have a budget. The remains of the other 16 deceased are already in their respective countries ”, he laments.
And he explains that to the pain of losing his sister is added the anguish of feeling “Abandoned by the state”.
They set a November deadline to bring his remains, which remain in a Georgia morgue. The transfer costs 4,500 dollars, to the blue about 765,000 pesos. They have already raised nearly $ 3,000.
“We need to have her here to bring peace to our family. Hopefully someone helps us, the anguish is enormous, “adds Débora. And she says that the intention is cremate her and throw her ashes into the sea, “that’s what she would have wanted,” closes.
To collaborate with Eliana’s family
Account in pesos: N ° 0324783902 / CBU 0110032730003247839029 / Name: Casula Débora Vanesa / DNI 24.314.961
Account in dollars: https://www.gofundme.com/f/cp5sp-todos-para-eliana-barrionuevo?utm_source=whatsapp-visit&utm_medium=chat&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet