Selene, Giuseppe and that child who was about to be born: the stories of those who did not make it to Ravanusa

There is a photo of April 10: Selene she has a dreamy look, a white dress and a bouquet of yellow flowers in her hand, her face resting on his shoulder Giuseppe. She smiles happily on her wedding day. Eight months later that smile is gone, buried under the rubble of via Trilussa a Ravanusa, together with that of Giuseppe, Pietro, Enza, Carmela, Gioachina, Calogero, Angelo and the other Giuseppe, the oldest, almost ninety years old. Buried together with the smile that had yet to explode, that of his son, who would begin to know the world in a week.

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Who does not yet have a name and will never appear in the official list of the dead and missing, but is in fact the tenth victim of this Sicilian tragedy, except for a miracle that those who have been digging for hours are still waiting and indeed it is precisely that hope that gives the strength to go on. Selene Pagliarello and Giuseppe Carmina, her nurse in the emergency room of the San Giovanni di Dio hospital in Agrigento, him a worker, didn’t even have to be in that apartment. They had passed by to greet his parents, Angelo Carmina, 72, and Maria Crescenza Zagarrio, 69, whom everyone in the village called Enza. Angelo is still under the rubble while Enza has pulled her lifeless out of that tangle of concrete, bricks and pieces of iron. A quick hello before going out to dinner on a Saturday like so many others. Perhaps the last one before giving birth, as the nine months would expire next week.

Someone, says the head of the Sicilian civil protection Salvo Codina, hypothesized that Selene was on the street for a phone call when everything exploded. But for now no one finds it. And then his thoughts and his photos remain. The post is from 11 September 2020 and tells how Covid has only postponed its dream. «Here we are, a few hours away from what we had always dreamed of. We imagined it, prepared down to the smallest detail, we prepared our house with many sacrifices, which is there to look at us and tell us’ wait for you, we were ready but something went wrong. We had imagined a 2020 all roses and flowers and so it was, a year of all positive changes, September was supposed to be the icing on the cake but it will not be. Someone from up there has decided something special for us, something that goes beyond our expectations, as if to say 2020 had to be the year of important changes but not of your wedding. September 12 will always remain an important date because thanks to that we have built our future. We just have to wait a little longer waiting for April 10, 2021 ».

And that day arrived, along with the white dress, the smile and the bouquet. Pietro Carmina was also smiling, in the photos with his glasses on his nose. He had been a good professor, according to his fellow villagers. He had taught history and philosophy at the Ugo Foscolo high school in Canicattì, then he had also been principal before retiring. He also escaped Covid, but not the explosion: his body is with that of Enza and that of Gioachina Calogera Minacori in the morgue. He lived at number 69, the two women at 65; both buildings were devastated by the fury of the shock wave and flames. There is still no trace, however, of Pietro’s wife, Carmela Sciabetta, 60 years old. In the Municipality, where he was a social worker, they already talk about it in the past and with tears in their eyes. “He had a big voice, he always spoke aloud. But he was a cheerful, serene, sunny person ». Not even the other Giuseppe Carmina, 88, is found, the only one who did not live in via Trilussa but in via Galilei, the street perpendicular to the epicenter of the explosion where there are some damaged houses, and Calogero Carmina, 59, husband of Gioachina. Firefighters will continue to search for them all night and until they find everyone. Also Selene, Giuseppe and their broken dream. “We wish you a long life together,” was written on the wedding cake. It wasn’t long, but they’re still together.

Last updated: Sunday 12 December 2021, 21:48


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