A group of young people from Mati, Attiki who were devastated by the deadly wildfires which took place in their hometown in July, have sent a very touching message of sympathy for California fire victims who are currently facing the same tragedy.
On July 23rd Mati endured tragic and deadly wildfires which sadly left 99 people dead.
Holding four separate signs which collectively read “We Feel You California”, a group of youngsters from Mati, are pictured standing in front of areas which were burnt down over summer.
At least 76 people have died in the California fires, which has destroyed thousands of acres in the US state, and there are fears that the death toll will dramatically rise in the coming days as more than 1,300 people are still unaccounted for.
The blaze started on November 8 largely destroying the town of Paradise, which has a population of 27,000 and heavily damaged nearby communities of Magalia and Concow.
The first photo of the group from Mati, is of Kali, a Greek American girl from California and Mati, who also said, “I understand what it feels like to be looking around and not understanding where you are. I have felt what it’s like to be wondering why? And now, how can we start again from the beginning? I’ve felt what it’s like losing everything! ”
“But be courageous California, because in all that you will feel, disappointment, sadness, bitterness, and anger, you will find it in you, a strength that you did not know existed, and this will keep you upright. You will see that you are not alone. You will be many and you will be next to each other. You will make it. You will get up, California, and you will regain Paradise! I feel you California!
Young people from #Mati, Attiki in #Greece where during last summer 100 people died from horrific wildfires, reach out to the people of #California, #USA during their time of grief and pain. Once again the long enduring ties between #Greece and the #US are emphatically revealed pic.twitter.com/pcQEOEuV07
— Spyros Litsas (@Spyros_Litsas) November 18, 2018
Spyros Litsas, an Associate Professor of International Relations Theory at the University of Macedonia took to his Twitter account, sharing the image of the youngsters and wrote, “Young people from#Mati, Attiki in #Greecewhere during last summer 100 people died from horrific wildfires, reach out to the people of #California, #USAduring their time of grief and pain. Once again the long enduring ties between #Greeceand the #US are emphatically revealed.”
The American ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey Pyatt retweeted the message and said, “Thank you, Mati.”