1 Weekend, 1 Month, 11 Months After an Earthquake

An Abruzzo Spring Day

It’s just 5 days short of 11 months since the L’Aquila earthquake on 6th April 2009. This fortnight’s ‘Linking Abruzzo’ is predominantly about the frustration of the people from the city and surrounding villages at the lack of speed of rebuilding lives from both local and central govt. With so many natural disasters occurring in the space of 12 months, including the appalling earthquake in Chile at the weekend, it’s all too easy to forget that life’s hurdles meant something very different last year to those displaced. Here’s a selection of stories from Rugby players to translators telling their stories of the recent past.

Living in Life’s Aftershocks – Irish Independent

The marketing and communications official for L’Aquila Rugby Club had been awoken by the rumbling noise as it intensified every second. He knew what it meant — there had been several thousand foreshocks which told of impending disaster since December 2008.

Pezza di Cittá

A heart-rendering video about the recent demonstration from all the former inhabitants of L’Aquila who recently came together to demonstrate about the slowness of both local & central govts in rebuilding their homes and city by tying their former house-keys to the ‘keep out’ metal fences of the historic city

Embrace Tiger

Barbara’s blog helping her to come to terms with her displacement following the earthquake – “This blog is my first step, a way of cuddling myself, of committing myself to doing something creative once a week. I am not an artist but this is not important. What’s important is the process, not the result. What’s important is the possibility of meeting other people who love making something with their hands, mind and heart.”

Volunteering in L’Aquila By Scotch & Olives

American & Italian volunteers working together to build housing for those displaced from the earthquake last year; ironically that these Americans volunteers are being told:
“It would cost too much to rebuild Aquila, and there are questions as to whose responsibility rebuilding is anyway.” Interesting!

Anger in L’Aquila – Euro News

The people of L’Aquila’s  protest over the millions of tons of rubble still lying in the Italian city, nearly a year after it was hit by an earthquake.

Happier thoughts!

Polenta ai Finferli

Eleonora’s recipe for Mushroom Polenta from Castel del Monte

Pallotte Cacio e Uovo by  Rebecca Galante

A yummy think spring supper

The Majella Mountains – Life without Italy

Just some of the reasons to visit Abruzzo’s Majella Mountains

Sam Dunham
Author: Sam Dunham

Sam is a very lucky midlife 'mamma' to A who is 11 and juggles her work as a self-employed freelance travel and food web content manager and copywriter and EFL teacher - she is the founder of English in the Woods. She is the co-founder of the social enterprises: The Abruzzo Blogger Community and Let's Blog Abruzzo. She is currently writing the book 'Abruzzo: Folk and Food.

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