Brother Cesare Bullo
Born in Chioggia (Italy) in 1941. since the childhood Cesare attend the Salesian Oratory of his city, which represents everything for the youth in the difficult years after the World War. In Verona, Cesare studied at the Vocational school “Don Bosco”. In 1957, he started the novitiate and then continued his studies at Torino Rebaudengo. After completing the training, in February 1962 he left as a missionary to Vietnam, where he stayed for thirteen years (apart from a short interval in the USA and in Italy, to complete his University studies).
During his stay in Vietnam, when the country was hit by the tragic war between the North and the South, Cesare taught woodwork and technical drawing at the Salesian technical school in Saigon (the present Ho Chi Minh), administered the formation houses of the Salesians and gave assistance to thousands of refugees, in the halls and courtyards of the technical school, on several occasions.
In September 1975, after six months under the new rule of Hanoi, the Missionaries were “invited to leave” Vietnam. In 1976, Cesare was sent to Ethiopia: among the pioneers of a new Salesian community, he started a technical school in Makallè (Tigray): education would always be one of the main features of the Salesian presence in Ethiopia. Coordinator of the emergency intervention, during the famine of 1984-‛85, Cesare had the responsibility of distributing more than 5.000 tons of food, drugs and first aid to more than 500,000 people every month.
Because of the huge work realized in Ethiopia, in 1988 Cesare receieved the “Good Samaritan” Award from the American Episcopal Conference, and in 1991 he was awarded the acknowledgement of “Cavaliere al merito della Repubblica Italiana” from the Italian Government . At present, Cesare is the Excutive Director of the Mission Procure and Planning Development Office of the Ethiopian Salesian Provice.
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