From the very first day after the Mati wildfire tragedy, it was stressed that people who lost their loved ones and property must not be forgotten.
It is not just society, but mainly the state, which had a duty to support in every way and with all means the victims of this incredible disaster – to provide for the fire-stricken and to give them the palpable sense that they are not alone in their mourning and in their efforts to rebuild their lives.
That was noted, rather awkwardly, by the prime minister himself, who spoke of “sorrowful publicity”.
Two months after the tragedy, it appears that oblivion has prevailed over memory.
The government’s commitment to ensure a swift and complete restoration remains a dead letter.
There is no joint ministerial decision for the fast-track issuance of building permits. Residents have no assistance in handling the asbestos health threat. There is no municipal lighting. The promise of a stipend to restore the surrounding area of buildings remains a hollow pledge.
An organised state is not judged only by the way it manages a catastrophe. It is also judged by how it handles the aftermath.
The government had a duty to mobilise the public administration and to do everything in its power to eliminate bureaucratic obstacles and to expedite procedures.
Instead, it appears as if it wants to forget the tragedy and to sweep it under the rug, or rather under the ashes.