Summer approaches on the Adriatic, and far from the tented villages survivors of the Abruzzo earthquake are getting used to hotel life in the beds requisitioned for them by the government.
But hotel bosses are worried their holiday season is threatened as tourists will not be able to come, and the refugees have little money to spend. “The government says not to worry that this will be somehow covered but for now it’s us who have paid, so…it’s quite difficult because we don’t know how long this situation will continue, and 300 people a day for two meals is hard for us,” said one hotelier. Back in Abruzzo the strong aftershocks have not deterred some supermarkets from reopening for business, their owners determined to help life get back to normal, if they can. “When we decided to open it was because we wanted people to start going back to normality. To bring the idea of normality to these people who did not have it, to provide bread and milk, to provide the basics. With a little bit of fear, we did this to help the people,” said one supermarket manager. The stunned population will certainly need more than this, but it is a start, and a sign of how the wounded community is trying to pull together and help each other.