by Lidija Drakulic

It was the 1994 Marathon of the sands in Morocco. Mauro was into his six day run when a sandstorm made him lose his path. He didn’t know which way he was supposed to run in the middle of the desert. He ran out of food and water after 36 hours. He drank his own urine and ate snakes and bats. He tried to commit suicide. He slit his wrists. Since he was dehydrated, his blood had thickened and it clotted the wounds. Some nomads found him 9 days later.