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Book: Fatal Humanity
Author: Rabie Hussein Al Ali
It was early 2020, or as some call it “The Year of the Virus.”
Samuela was a beautiful, elegant, tall Italian girl, with black hair and eyes as dark as two ripe cherries. One never gets tired of looking at them.
She lived with her Italian friend Mario, a handsome gentleman with a large mustache. They were both settled in Berlin, Germany.
Berlin was the ultimate leading state in the European Union which was established after World War II with the aim of uniting the people of Europe, as its states.
Samuela has always said that the best lesson offered by World War II was the necessity for establishing unity among countries and people, regardless of the size, population or economic power of these countries.
It was the laws of this Union that allowed Samuela and Mario to relocate to Europe for work, so they settled in the city of Germans, those who consider their country to be theirs alone, and reject every stranger who comes to live in their homeland.
She hailed from Bergamo, a province in the Lombardy, one of the twenty regions of Italy. Located on the northern Italian border with Switzerland, Lombardy is one of the richest and most populous regions in Italy, whose capital is Milan, with more than nine million inhabitants, and an area that exceeds 23,000 square kilometers.
He comes from Palermo, the capital of Sicily, whose population exceeds five million inhabitants, and is located on the Mediterranean Sea at an altitude of 3,340 meters.
Samuela is a nurse; she works at The Charité Hospital in Berlin, which is one of the best hospitals in Europe and the world. People from all over the world come to this hospital for treatment. Mario also works there as a doctor.
He met her at the hospital; they always spoke to one another in Italian, a true reflection of how deeply the Italians loved their language. However, he always helped, and advised her to improve her German, given the respect and appreciation she would have from the Germans if she mastered their language.
Like a stranger who just found a fellow countryman, Samuela found in Mario a way to overcome the complexity of living and working in Germany.
He helped her and provided her with all the answers to her questions, as life there was very different from the one she had in Italy.
For Germans, life is a routine that greatly depended on work ties, and was governed by a massive number of laws. This routine is more of a self-imposed isolation from other human beings, way before quarantine.