L’Aquila, located in central Italy, the capital of the Abruzzo region, has been devastated a few days ago by an earthquake, together with some villages of the hit Abruzzo area (the picture refers to some houses in Onna.) The quake has killed almost 300 people and left more than 50,000 people homeless. It is time for concrete solidarity.
How we can help.
We’ve also received this Charities-Trust-Fund-for-L’Aquila info from our fellow blogger Joanne, a Canadian of Abruzzese descent:
O.S.J. Charities Trust Fund for L’Aquila
Abruzzo Italy – Earthquake
Account Number: 09012 69-21310
At: CIBC 7765 Yonge Street, Thornhill, Ontario L3T 2C4
Scerir, Italian of Abruzzese descent as well, also provides a link to a movie on the damages to S. Maria di Collemaggio, a large and celebrated medieval church just outside L’Aquila where lies the tomb of Pope Celestine V, stigmatized by Dante Alighieri as he “Who made by his cowardice the grand refusal” (Inferno, III, 59) (“Colui che fece per viltade il gran rifiuto.”)
Both the tomb and the church have been heavily damaged by the quake (together with other major masterpieces of the whole area.)