12 thoughts on “Italian earthquake, natural and authority made disaster

  1. Quake: Italy may accept U. S. help
    Obama offers funds for churches and heritage sites
    (ANSA) – L’Aquila, April 7 – Italy may accept help from the United States following the L’Aquila earthquake, Premier Silvio Berlusconi said Tuesday.

    After initially turning down offers of help that have poured in from abroad, Berlusconi appeared to change his mind after receiving ”a long phone call” from US President Barack Obama as he toured temporary camps set up to house those who had lost their homes in the disaster.

    ”If the United States wants to give a tangible sign of its solidarity with Italy it could take on the responsibility of rebuilding heritage sites and churches,” Berlusconi said.

    ”We would be very happy to have this support”.

    The premier said Obama had said this was ”an excellent idea” and would discuss it when the two leaders meet in Washington on a date yet to be set.

    Berlusconi said another alternative would be for the US to help rebuild ”a small district of a town or a suburb” so that it could say ”this was done with our contribution”.

    Many historic buildings and churches in L’Aquila were destroyed or damaged in Monday’s earthquake, including the apse of the Abruzzo city’s largest Romanesque church, the 13th-century Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio, and the cupola of the 17th-century Anime Sante church designed by Giuseppe Valadier.

  2. Dear A.G.Kanth, thanks for commenting. What needs to happen now is a) good care for the survivors of the earthquake. b) for the future: taking scientists’ warnings seriously, making buildings safer, etc. Contrary to what happened now under Berlusconi.

  3. Thanks for the information you have provided on the devastating Italian earthquake. For those that want to support relief efforts, they can give to the appeal featured on GlobalGiving (a project that we are featuring that is being led by Italian NGO Slow Food. For US donors the Appeal page is http://www.globalgiving.com/pr/2700/proj2695a.html and for UK donors http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/pr/2700/proj2695a.html (UK tax payers can also add Gift Aid).

  4. Quake: 289 dead. day of mourning
    Solemn funeral in L’Aquila
    (ANSA) – Rome, April 10 – The death toll from Monday’s devastating earthquake in the central Abruzzo region current stands at 289.

    An official day of mourning for the victims is being observed in Italy on Friday and a solemn funeral will be held in the capital of Abruzzo, L’Aquila, which will be broadcast live on Italian state and private TV.

    The funeral will be celebrated by Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone and L’Aquila Archbishop Msgr Giuseppe Molinari.

    Pope Benedict XVI has also sent his personal secretary, Father Georg Gaenswein, and the secretary of the Italian Bishop’s Conference (CEI), Msgr Mariano Crociata, to represent the Church.

    The pope himself intends to visit Abruzzo some time after Easter. A number of business and artisans’ associations and nationwide supermarket chains announced they would suspend activity for the duration of the ceremony.

    Representing the state will be President Giorgio Napolitano, Premier Silvio Berlusconi, Senate Speaker Renato Schifani and House Speaker Gianfranco Fini, while leading members of both government and opposition parties will also attend.

    A total of 150 coffins have been brought to the Finance Guard barracks where the funeral will be held.

    Following the Catholic Mass, an Islamic funeral ceremony will be held for the six Muslim quake victims, including two Palestinians.

    All bishops from the Abruzzo and Molise regions will attend the funeral along with over 100 priests and a 20-member choir.

  5. Apr 13, 1:19 PM EDT

    Italy Jews aid towns that gave shelter during WWII

    Associated Press Writer

    FOSSA, Italy (AP) — Italian Jews and Holocaust survivors are rushing to aid communities that sheltered them during World War II and were hit by last week’s devastating earthquake.

    A delegation of some 20 elderly survivors and their descendants, as well as Jewish community leaders, roamed the shattered countryside of central Italy on Monday, looking for their one-time saviors, now living in tent camps.

    They offered everything from gym shoes to summer camps for children.

    “I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for these people,” said Alberto Di Consiglio, whose parents were sheltered in the small hamlet of Fossa during the war. “We have to help them.”

    More than 100 tent cities have been built around L’Aquila and the 26 towns and villages affected by the 6.3-magnitude quake, which struck central Italy on April 6. The temblor killed 294 people and displaced another 55,000.

    In the chaos of the relief efforts, Jews who had been sheltered in the area during the war lost touch with their one-time saviors, many of whom are simple farmers with no cell phones.

    At least five Jewish families, including around 30 people, took shelter in the small mountainside hamlets of Fossa and Casentino between mid-1943 until the arrival of the Allies a year later, survivors said.

    In one tent, Di Consiglio managed to find Nello De Bernardinis, 74, the son of the couple who sheltered Di Consiglio’s father and eight other relatives during the war.

    “It was a great emotion, it’s so painful that such righteous people should suffer like this and live in a tent,” Di Consiglio said.

    De Bernardinis said he was fine for the moment and greatly appreciated the gesture of the Jewish community to check in on him and his family. He said, though, that it would be useful to have help during harvest time, and Di Consiglio promised his whole family would come.

    Riccardo Pacifici, the head of Rome’s Jewish community, said he was working to get recognition from Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial for people like De Bernardinis and others who sheltered Roman Jews. The memorial bestows a special honor on those who saved Jews during World War II.

    Irena Steinfeldt, director of the Righteous Among the Nations department at Yad Vashem, said the museum was not familiar with the stories of Fossa and Casentino. She urged the Jewish families to come forward so the people who saved them could be recognized.

    “We have not heard these stories, and we want to hear these stories,” Steinfeldt said. “There are still people who haven’t approached us and haven’t spoken, and I would be happy if the families contacted Yad Vashem and told us,” she said.

    Other stories of Jews being saved in the same area were recorded, she said, usually involving Jews who fled from Rome to nearby villages. In one town, Tagliacozzo Alto, a priest named Don Gaetano Tantalo took in the Orvieto family in the spring of 1944, even preparing a traditional Passover meal for them, she said. He was recognized by Yad Vashem in 1978.

    Associated Press reporter Matti Friedman contributed to this report from Jerusalem.

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