Condolences [2012 Archive]

There was a bombing near the Italian Morvillo Falcone school this morning that killed a 16 year old student and wounded at least five others, one of whom is in serious condition at the hospital. Delegates from Italy at the Human Rights Council committee kindly asked the rest of the room to join them for a moment of silence.

“The room was seriously silent, nobody even moved…we got goose bumps as she spoke,” stated a delegate from Poland. Molly, the director, after the moment of silence responded with something truly inspirational. She said, “Please take some time to reflect on what we are doing here because we really do make a difference in the world.”

Another delegate representing Benin stated that she was shocked and that she “didn’t expect it.” “It was a really sentimental moment for all of us…it reminded us of 9-11, and our hearts go out to all of those who suffered,” expressed a Swiss delegate with some emotion.

The Italian students asked to speak again, and thanked the room for their sympathy. “Although we don’t know the students and those who suffered, we are grateful for your support,” they revealed.

I also had the opportunity to privately speak with the students, Alessandra Romano and Flaminia Cuffari, who represented Congo. “It was an unexpected thing for us,” they said, “our advisor let us know a few hours ago…it was shocking mostly because it happened near a school. Lastly, I asked them if they had a few words to put out there, to which they responded “we are sorry for the family of the girl who passed away and we wish the best of luck to the victims in the hospital…we sincerely hope that the police find the criminal.”

From all of us here at The Chronicle, we sincerely offer our condolences to those who suffered from this unfortunate incident and we wish you all the luck in the world.


  1. Nils

    5 / 19 / 2012 8:11 pm

    WOW! No wonder you got best delegate award. This was really well done and almost brought tears to my eyes..

  2. Chris

    5 / 19 / 2012 8:37 pm

    Wonderfully written. Great job. I felt that it captured the emotion of the room for those of us who were not there. My condolences to those affected. The Benin delegate put it perfectly, that this is why we do this; this is why we strive to make the world a better place. I hope that we can all take this message with us, because I know I have. Thanks for the information, and congratulations on your award!

  3. Zilps the Awesome one

    5 / 19 / 2012 10:33 pm

    I was in the HRC and I have to say that I almost cried after the story broke out in committee!!!
    I hope that someday the perpetrators of this barbaric act will be brought to justice.
    My prayers and love go out to the families of all the victims :'(.
    (Delegation of Nigeria)

  4. CAR

    5 / 21 / 2012 8:01 pm

    I heard this during the gathering in the Ballroom for Rio+20. You could hear a pin drop in that room, and I’m so pleased that every single person showed their respect and condolences. My prayers go out to all of the affected families




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