Arab Times will be publishing a series of letters sent by Italian nationals from Gulf countries
The Arab Times and Al-Seyassah Online Media
February 19, 2020
…imagine to travel for a short holiday to Italy, and suddenly in no time and so quickly you find yourself in the middle of a world health crisis! You leave your home, your cat, your job, your friends, the country that has welcomed you for many years, you leave your life for a short time and everything vanishes. You want to come back but you can’t, as all flights are suspended, you want to work but you can’t, as most offices are closed, you can only think, think, think about how best to use your time, which unexpectedly has expanded indefinitely.
Your beautiful Italy is wounded by an invisible monster is tearing apart an unarmed Italy leaving many to suffer and many to die, Incredulous you find yourself thinking that you have been more fortunate than other compatriots who have been blocked by circumstances in neighboring countries, such as Dubai, Qatar, Bahrain or UK, or they are safe in Kuwait but far from their families.
BY ANTONELLA FANELLI
Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and I am thinking it was just a bad nightmare. Then unfortunately, I realize this is happening for real. My family and I are stuck in Kuwait, at home for weeks, kids school are closed until September 2020, I am lucky to be here and to be in good health. The rhythms of our family daily life completely changed in less than 1 month. When we wake up in the morning, we do some physical activities and homework with the kids, then we remotely do office work, and it is already lunch time which we enjoy to prepare all together, afternoon and evening are very busy as well with families and friends calls. Every day is the same, there is no Friday or Monday. Every day is a “hope day” for ourselves, for our friends, for our relatives that someone will find soon a cure or vaccine for this terrible virus.
In Italy the situation is extremely difficult. Thousands of cases, hundreds of dead, entire population locked in their house praying to survive. It seems to experience a scenario of terrible war.
My sister and my mother are living 200 meters far from each other and they can not meet each other since 2 months. Two weeks ago, my sister’s son got high temperature, they immediately called the emergency and an ambulance arrived after 5 minutes, luckily it was just a normal flue. We have to pray and hope that he’ll recover soon.
This virus is democratic, it affects rich, poor, old, young, grandparents and children, any religion, any nationality, men and women, we all could be affected, nobody is safe. The only safe thing to do is to stay home to avoid spreading and pray.
We have friends stuck for 1 month already in Dubai, another one in the UK, their house and work are here, in Kuwait, unfortunately they were out of the country when the blockage happened. So they had to rent a flat or hotel room waiting, without knowing when they could come back and enter again in their house in Kuwait.
The Kuwait Italian Business Council board (namely Maria Capello, Herminio Passalacqua, Simona Cipollina, David Malamuth, Giovanni DeGennaro, Carlo Pellico , Roberta Colaiacovo and myself Alberto Bitossi) normally is busy in organizing networking events but, considering this emergency , immediately started a Fund-Raising Campaign to help Italy, collecting money to donate to the “Italian Protezione Civile” (the Civil Protection Department who is dealing with the emergency). We need help from everyone, please support ITALY in this emergency.
Please donate at https://gogetfunding.com/italian-emergency-for-coronavirus
More than ever we feel that we have to fight all together this invisible enemy who can destroy a life in no time!
I am sure that when we will fight and win this virus all over the world will think and act differently giving to life an importance that deserve.
Italians are thankful to the country is hosting us, for precautionary measures and the professionally dedicated to preserve our health.
BY ALBERTO BITOSSI for Kuwait Italian business council