The 45 inhabitants of Sommapreda, near the Northern Italian city of Brescia, decked out the village with pink ribbon to celebrate the arrival of Aurora (“Dawn”) born to Maurilio and Marcella Canossi. The couple’s first child is the only one the Italian town has seen in 27 years.
The couple, aged 30 and 28 respectively, were childhood sweethearts who vowed to stay in the town and raise their children there, despite the scarcity of work in the area.
"We decided to name her Dawn for a reason," said mother Marcella of the first child the town has seen in a generation. "I hope that her arrival can signal a change, starting with renewed hope for life in this town and preserving its traditions."
Italy has one of the world’s lowest birth rates and is currently the ‘oldest’ country in the world, with the highest number of inhabitants over 65. Remote mountain towns and villages like Sommapreda have been particularly penalized due to high emigration rates. 2001 figures showed a slight uptick in birth rates, for the first time in almost a decade births outnumbered deaths in the Bel Paese.
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