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Amazing: An Italian Town Witnessed The Birth Of The First Baby In 28 Years

02 Feb

Since the 1980s, the Italian town of
Ostana had not seen the birth of a single
baby.
But last week, a dream came true, as the
mayor of the small town said. A baby was
born. The first in 28 years.
According to La Stampa, the town has
only 85 inhabitants, including newborn
Pablo. Its population has continuously
fallen — a fate shared by many other
Italian towns and villages.
“The real decline started in 1975, with 17
babies between 1976 and 1987, when the
last boy was born – until little Pablo,”
Mayor Giacomo Lombardo was quoted as
saying. A party will be held to celebrate
what he hopes will be the start of a
reversal of that trend.
But the population decline will be hard to
stop, no matter what ideas Lombardo
comes up with.
Younger Italians in particular say there
are few attractive job prospects in rural
areas. Many have moved to cities, leaving
their hometowns to the elderly. Ostana,
which is in northern Italy, has only one
shop, a bar and two restaurants, according
to the Italian news site the Local.
Some parts of northern Italy have been
hit harder than others. But the south,
including the island of Sicily, has faced
more dramatic demographic changes in
recent decades.
The arrival of baby Pablo has certainly
been welcomed in Ostana, according to
the mayor. “It’s great to finally have
someone born here, and it shows that
our efforts to reverse population decline
are slowly working,” Lombardo was
quoted as saying.
Lombardo has tried to create jobs in
order to prevent other young people from
leaving the town. Pablo might be the first
indication that his strategy is working. His
parents wanted to move away several
years ago but stayed after they were
offered the opportunity to work at a
mountain refuge.
Source: Washington Post

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