30 Dec. 2016
Edelmira Abascal, 102, poses for a portrait in her room of a residential home for the elderly in Torrelaguna, outside Madrid, Spain, November 22, 2016. " (The famous American author) Ernest Hemingway used to say Ôthere goes the brunetteÕ when he saw me pass by in the street," she said. Abascal worked as a secretary for a Republican general during the Civil War and once it became clear the Republicans were losing the city of Madrid to Francisco Franco, she was put in a convoy fleeing Madrid for Barcelona. In the convoy was a truck full of explosives that were used to blow up four buildings in central Barcelona, she recalls. REUTERS/Andrea Comas SEARCH "CENTENARIANS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.