Matera, Italy, 24 June 2012 - Under a damp, grey sky His Holiness was given a warm send off from Inverness early this morning, and then flew across the Channel, across Northern Europe, over the Alps to Bologna, Italy. From there he drove to Mirandola, the city in the Province of Modena that was struck by a powerful earthquake when he was last in Italy just over a month ago. Churches and factories collapsed, 17 people were killed, 200 were injured and 14,000 were made homeless. His Holiness wished to come and console the people who were affected and express his solidarity with them.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama is escorted through earthquake affected areas of Mirandola, Italy, on June 24, 2012. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking at a relief camp to earthquake surviors and relief workers in Mirandola, Italy, on June 24, 2012. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama addresses members of the press in Matera, Italy, on June 24, 2012. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
Members of the press during a meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Matera, Italy, on June 24, 2012. Photo/Jermey Russell/OHHDL