81-year-old Mauro Morandi had been living on the island of Budeli since 1989. On Sunday, he announced via a Facebook post that he is leaving the island.
Mauro Morandi (Facebook)
You must have heard the story of Robinson Crusoe, who spends his life alone on an island for 28 years. But in real life there is also a ‘Robinson crujo’. Mauro Morandi is called the ‘Robinson Crujo’ of Italy, who spent more than 30 years of his life living alone on an island off the coast of Sardinia. But now he is saying goodbye to his small hut on the island of Budeli. In fact, local authorities were repeatedly threatening to evict him from the island.
81-year-old Mauro Morandi has been living on the island since 1989. On Sunday, he announced via a Facebook post that he is leaving the island. In this post, he wrote, I am leaving the island. He further wrote, the island of Budeli will be protected as I have done for 32 years. Mauro Morandi has been a teacher by profession. He stayed on this island on his way to Polynesia from Italy and then stayed here. He told that when he reached this island for the first time, he became convinced of this place after seeing the beauty here and decided to stay here. He continued to look after the island for 32 years.
Controversy has been going on with officials for years
However, the role of caretaker deteriorated when in 2015 the national park of La Madaldena took ownership of Budeli. Morandi has spent years struggling with the authorities. Officials say they no longer have any legal right to live there. On the other hand, Morandi is fighting against the plan to make his home an environmental observatory. Morandi told CNN that I am willing to do anything to stay here, if the result of this is to drag me out of here. I do not know where I will go now. This is my life
I am the only person to take care of Budeli island: Morandi
Morandi also admitted that he is worried about the future of the island, which he has protected for 32 years. He said, one day I followed two tourists here, who were trying to infiltrate the pink sand beach. I keep the sand clean here all day and keep the intruders from coming here at night. He said that the truth is that I am the only person who has taken care of Budeli for years. Here I do the work of monitoring, while it is the responsibility of the officers. After declaring Morandi’s island, a large number of people wished him a good life.
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