They shake, they isolate themselves, they have nightmares, they suffer from attention deficit disorder at school, they show sudden aggressiveness, stuttering, psoriasis. “They feel wretched, they have constant flashbacks, they blame themselves,” Agnese says. “Do not ask for my last name, it does not matter. I am only one of many.”
She is the foster aunt of two orphans of a femicide and the story she reads in the Aldo Moro audience room of the Italian Chamber of Deputies is detailed and moving. She describes her experience when the two children, then 12 and 10 years old, got to her house two years ago, still in shock by what they had seen and experienced.
Agnese explains: “They are the children of my sister Silvana. She was a nursery school teacher killed with three gunshot wounds by her husband, a security guard. Theirs is a threefold tragedy, since they have found themselves suddenly orphans of both parents, even though their father is still alive in prison. They have experienced war, with gunfire and blood in the house, the place that should have been safe and secure, and the shock of an earthquake, because they had to leave the house naked, after it was seized. They were not able to go back to pick their stuff, games, clothes, school books.”