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The Foreign Minister recalls the young researcher one year after his death

One year since his demise, which occurred in Cairo on the day in which Egypt commemorated its revolution, the tragic death of Giulio Regeni is still an open wound, not only for his family, to whom we address our thoughts, but for our whole Country.  

The search of the truth is not a private fact but, quite the opposite, a collective necessity that Italy has forcefully demanded ever since the very first day and that it will not stop pursuing.  

The Foreign Ministry is affectionately close to the Regeni family, whose strength and determination are an extraordinary example of love of life, the very same that they transmitted to their son Giulio. 

Dr Giulio Regeni was a brilliant young researcher, well-educated and tenacious. He was gifted with a lively intelligence, a great ear for foreign languages, which he spoke with great mastery, and an innate curiosity for the world. His was a natural inclination, a character trait perfected over time, ever since he attended the United World College in Duino when he was a secondary school student, together with other youths from different Countries and cultures.  

So, Giulio had departed to explore the world, which was his home just as much as Fiumicello where, on returning from his voyages abroad, he would find his family and his childhood friends to whom he would narrate and discuss his experiences. It was there that he would recharge his energies. His parents and friends describe him as young man of the modern world who, like many of his peers, grew up knowing that the hardest borders to pull down are the ones that we carry in our minds and in our hearts. For Giulio Regeni the world was a place to know and to understand. If you don’t understand the world, how can you change it?

This is why the private grief of a family converts into a public event, because the tragic death of that young man, that brilliant researcher and idealist with a mind full of projects, deprives us all of a generous heart who could have done much for others.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Angelino Alfano

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