By Marielena Montesino de Stuart
Today, a devastating earthquake hit central Italy just after 3:30 AM. Central Italy is a region that I know quite well.
My love affair with Italy, as I like to call it, has taken me to many parts of this extraordinary country. Italy has always been for me one enormous museum– where even common rocks have been witnesses to extraordinary moments in history.
The most painful part of the tragedy that has taken place in central Italy is the loss of so many lives. I hear of an entire family, several generations, who all perished while celebrating at a special gathering in the town of Amatrice (see featured map), which has been completely destroyed, as per testimonies from local officials and survivors.
Having walked the streets of these towns, it is difficult to understand how the voices of their inhabitants could have been silenced so suddenly. The good people living in these small towns in Italy are the keepers of ancient traditions and dialects, so when a tragedy of this magnitude occurs, the loss of the lives of those who preserved the culture, architecture, art and language by remaining in these towns– cannot be measured. I am praying for those who perished as well as the survivors, emergency personnel, volunteers and benefactors.
My heart aches when I hear of natural disasters across the world– but it is only human to be afflicted more by the pain of a place known, which is no more.
Someone has to say the truth…
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