After a two-year stop due to Covid, thousands of torches are once again crossing Via XX Settembre, one of the streets worst hit by the earthquake that destroyed L’Aquila and the surrounding municipalities thirteen years ago on the night between 5 and 6 April 2009.
At the head of the procession is a delegation of victims’ families, followed by the banners of the local authorities who, as every year, continue to remember the 309 victims who died after the 3.32 earthquake. But this year there are two more meanings: life and solidarity.
Life, like the one just born in the San Salvatore hospital in L’Aquila. Her name is Zlata and she is a beautiful baby girl who was born a few days ago: her mother fled with her grandmother from the Ukraine at war and here, in L’Aquila, she found refuge and welcome.
Solidarity, like that which the many displaced Ukrainian citizens who came here and saw their lives change overnight, interrupted, from one day to the next. Just like what happened to the people of L’Aquila.
All together, people from L’Aquila, Italians, Ukrainians, with a torch in their hands and a flower of remembrance on their chest, in the sign of welcome, both received and given. In the sign of hope.