The Invisible Victims of the Abruzzo Earthquake

Laura E. Ruberto (April 11, 2009)
An unknown number of documented and undocumented immigrants in Abruzzo have died or lost their homes because of the recent earthquake.

The news this past week from Abruzzo has been devastating, but like so many tragedies it has inspired solidarity across cultural, geographical, and national boundaries. Of relevance here, as i-italy has noted so well, is the work of the Italian American community, which has come out in force to support the victims of the April 6 earthquake. This immigrant-inspired act of unity leads me to think about the plight of Italy’s contemporary immigrant population in relation to the disaster.