The community of Niedyszyna, a small village in Poland near Lodz, has expressed their solidarity with those who lost their homes and possessions in the catastrophic fires that blazed across Evia, Greece in August.
The group sent a letter of support to all the survivors of the fires, writing:
“Your houses have been destroyed, your trees burnt and animals killed in a fire, but you have survived and will be ready to get on your feet once again.”
The disastrous flames ravaged the Greek island of Evia for over a week, only to reignite recently in some areas only a few days after the blaze died out.
Residents of towns and villages across Evia were forced to leave their homes and evacuate at a moment’s notice when the fires began. When the blazes were extinguished, many returned to piles of ash and debris were their homes and businesses once stood.
Not only were the houses and livelihood of thousands of people destroyed in the blaze, but the landscape of the island has been radically altered.
Over 120,000 acres of what once was pristine forestland and farmland has been razed and reduced to ash.
Polish village sends letter to victims of Evia fire: “stay positive, no matter what”
In their letter to the countless Greeks on Evia whose lives were radically altered by the horrifying blaze, residents of the Polish village of Niedyszyna expressed their sympathy at all that was lost, but offered inspiring words of hope for the future.
Their letter reads:
“To the residents of Evia Island
“We are from tiny, little local community called KGW Niedyszyna (Niedyszyna it’s a small village, located in the middle of Poland, in voivodeship of Lodz).
“Having recently read and seen what you were going through, due to massive wildfires , we decided to express ourselfs and stand on your side.
We know, that your villages have been destroyed and a lot of people have been evacuated. It is good to know, that so many firefighters from all of the Europe came to help you and we hope that you will be able to rebuild your homes and restore the whole environment. But everything takes time….
Therefore we would like to encourage you to not give up and stay positive, no matter what. You are not alone there and even we aren’t there with you, we think of You all.
Your houses have been destroyed, your trees burnt and animals killed in a fire, but you have survived and will be ready to get on your feet once again, despite this terrifying experience.
We wish you strength and courage to maintain your goals . We strongly believe, that with everyone support you will be able to come back to your previous duties, hobbies and live happily as you used to.
KGW in Niedyszyna, Poland”