30 Aug Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake Hits Central Italy

Amatrice August 24, 2016  3:36 am

The earth trembles, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake changed the lives of 2,500 people, more than 292 deaths. The villages of Accumoli, Pescara del Tronto, Arquata del Tronto and Amatrice swept away in an instant. Everything is devastation and suffering. They start relief efforts immediately, arriving aid and the news goes around the world. Life stops, everything does not make sense if you do not find the survivors and then, days later, understand what has been lost and what it does. I photographed the suffering, the hope and the joy of finding a known person, the hope and drama of the moment, but in all that, I read a deep desire to react and immediately start, to regain possession of their territories and life of all time, made of simple things and small gestures. These days I saw the true Italy, made of the solidarity that characterizes us, without hypocrisy or falsity. Too bad that we can not be always so, and when the spotlights are turned off do not really know why but also turns off this aspect that distinguishes us. From this experience I’m going to bring me the faces of the Fire Department, the volunteers of the Civil Protection and the military but especially, the faces of mothers and fathers, grandfathers and grandmothers who, with great humility, and very firmly feel the need to start immediately to live.