Aurel Jashari, 7, jumped from the balcony of his apartment to escape the collapsing building in Thumane, one of the hardest hit towns in the 6.4-magnitude earthquake that killed 51 people and injured more than 3,000. Aurel lost his sister and grandmother, while Alesio lost his father and sister.
The boy was taken to the hospital and then visited by Prime Minister Edi Rama, who learned of their dream.
Rama on Friday took them to Rome to meet Juventus players Cristiano Ronaldo and Gianluigi Buffon. Both boys received a signed jersey and took a photo with the players. They hugged and exchanged high-fives with the players.
“It is not only for them. It is for all the suffering people in the country,” said Rama.
At a dinner afterward together with the kids’ parents, Rama also gave to Cakoni a jersey signed by Milan’s goalkeeper, Gianluigi Donnarumma.
The Nov. 26 earthquake damaged more than 11,000 buildings and left an estimated 12,000 people homeless. Many have found shelter in hotels, public buildings, tents, with relatives or in neighboring Kosovo.