Yesterday I learned through our Yahoo! Arberesh group that Cavallerizzo, a hamlet of the town of Cerzeto, is sliding down the hill where it was built. The possibility of this tragedy was known, it was studied, but the efforts that were under way to stay it did not do enough on time.
My friend Oreste Parise, who was born there and has a wonderful page about Cerzeto, Cavallerizzo and many other interesting facts from those villages and others nearby, wrote to me this morning with the news that only one part of the town is resisting. All the inhabitants were warned to abandon their homes a few days ago, with the understanding that they may never be able to go back. It must be terrible to see not only one's own home disappear, but an entire community.
Oreste would like to gather signatures with the goal of rebuilding Cavallerizzo. As soon as he knows what the requirements are, he will let me know, I'll post them and those who are interested will have an opportunity to add their signature. I think there is certainly a good reason to help our Arberesh brothers and sisters in Cavallerizzo.