It is a huge, literally, crime, against the nature, with countless consequences on us and our children.
I have a very blur picture on how the fire started, what happened and how all these went on so fast, resulting into the absolute disaster; so I can't conclude clearly and I am too tired to be thinking more, at this moment. Though, although it was not the first fire happening in Parnitha, even if it had been expected for years, since all the surrounding forests have been burnt (remember the big fire in Panteli, years ago) there was no preparation, no organisation and not even the basic co-ordination for avoiding the worst case and save as much as possible.
From a personal experience, when I could finally got a lift to the mountain, there was no point where volunteers would converge, organise and get equipment. The stupid cops, had block all the streets in Menidi and Thrakomakedones, not letting anyone go there. All those who managed to get through, could only get to the cable train station, where some other cops, would only let the uniformed people, that is the cops who were going up and down and the firemen. Apart from the volunteers, they didn't let First Aid units in, with special equipment, oxygen etc., while they would let, after a lot of trouble, some municipal water tankers, driven by civilians. A few minutes before I arrived, there was an argument between cops and volunteers, who wanted to go up the hill. So, a police patrol had arrived, so as to keep things calm. The volunteers who managed to go up, we did in individually, trying not to be noticed. Me and a friend, we bypassed the blocks by taking advantage of our knowledge on the paths and the shortcuts in Metochi. There, up on the hill, there was a situation of absolute initiative, when anybody would do anything they wanted, in the middle of the night. There were water pumps, with exhausted firemen with no help, and water tankers with only drivers and nobody to carry the fire hoses; a few meters far from that, there were volunteers, looking for water, shovels etc.
At some point, we met a TV crew, on a farmer's van, driving to Bafi. The rest of the TV crews were kept down. When the ravens will start screening what was happening up there, you will be shocked. Those of you, who have been in Parnitha, you will be deeply sorry and really mad.
I have some pictures but cannot upload at the moment. I will have a nap and I will go up hill, when I can. Even if you managed to save a tree, a bush or a branch from the fire, it would be very great thing. It would be the least you can do for this mountainous paradise which offered beauty, joy, adventures and emotions and which turned to a bare area during one night.
Let's kick, punch and set fire to those who are responsible for the disaster on the nature.
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