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The earth shook in the night, like seven years ago in L’Aquila. It even happened during the same hours. We have seen despair on the survivors’ faces and the torment of those who can no longer embrace their child. Heroic people have rushed to rescue their fellow villagers and the aid machine has been immediately organized for the intervention. Hours pass and the fear of new shocks persists before the mystery of a restless and rebellious land, whose movements cause destruction and death.

Some people, actually many of them, are wondering howcome an area with such a high seismic risk has not been made safe, preventing and foreseeing the consequences of a possible earthquake. Anger arises exactly from this lack of precaution and it clashes with some experts who retrospectively describe the obvious scenarios of those unsafe houses. The sight of people under the rubble pains us: even though these days should not be a time for controversy, but only for solidarity, closeness and meditation; one cannot help but be taken aback by a certain inertia. Why had these historic villages, placed on authentic natural bombs, not been secured earlier?

Those who can and should guarantee that these tragedies will not happen again, in other areas with a high seismic density, should always ask themselves this question. Now, the believers should kneel down and pray for these brothers, those who can intervene and support those affected by the earthquake should do so with their heart, the rulers should all come together to assist and accompany these victims. Their commitment has to be concrete and aimed at finding true solutions both for the present and the future.

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