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Italian Town Rings Bells as 1st Child in 15 Years Is Born

August 26, 1986|From Reuters

UGLIANCALDO, Italy — Church bells in a tiny Italian hamlet rang for hours today to celebrate the birth of the first child in the community in 15 years.

Baby Francesco was born to the only young couple remaining in this isolated northwest Italian mountain hamlet where 90% of the 34-strong community are over 60. Most families started leaving the village in the 1960s to find work in the big cities of Genoa and Massa.

The town's mayor said the community hopes the new addition will help it forget the tragedy that befell the last child: She died at the age of 2 from a snake bite.

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