They no longer hear mortar bombs day and night. There is no longer the constant thunder of bombs, but services are working only in fits and starts and this creates great difficulties for the people. Oil is scarce, and this affects not only the transport, that works from time to time, but also the water and electricity supply service, and production activities which consequently go ahead only with difficulty.
Most families try to survive despite thousands of economic difficulties. They manoeuvre in the black market to find the daily necessities. The water shortage hurts many people, the aqueducts of the city are blocked because of the war.
At the Don Bosco Oratory, activities continue with great joy and less fatigue than before, but there are still a few problems, which Salesians and boys face with a smile and with greater hope for the future.
According to Fr Pier, the time dedicated to sharing, after school activities, games and sport continue to be for the young people "a moment of normality in a situation that is not normal." it is important to let the young people know that we are close to them.
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