Diego Zanetti photographer


THE LAST PEOPLE’S COURAGE (Bethany, Palestinian Territories)

IL CORAGGIO DEGLI ULTIMI (Betania, Territori Palestinesi)

In Bethany, a small Palestinian village, just beyond the wall that hides Jerusalem, Samar Sahhar has been fighting for almost 40 years to give orphans a better future, challenging prejudice and closure. At the Lazarus Home for Girls about thirty small orphans live. Safir was found in a poultry burned. Nanni chained in a cave, Nahl and Kabylia abused for years by their fathers and brothers. Besides them, Samar is going to care for the seventy orphaned male children in El Amal Jeel (Generation of Hope) next to the girls’. These could be the first victims of war: an orphan has no one, he is the ideal candidate to become a suicide bomber, a victim of despair first of all, with no school where to go or a job to plan his future.


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REPAYMENT (Padua, Italy)

Riscatto (Padova, Italia)

There are 90 inmates in the prison "Two Palaces" in Padova working for Rebus, a Consortium of Social Cooperatives. They are engaged in shifts of four hours. Some create mannequins exported to USA and Japan. Someone else assembles suitcases for an important firm: their job is so good to lower the number of discards, bringing home some delocalised production. For another well-known company, they produce jewellery designed to 11 thousand shops spread all over the world. The work allows a drastic reduction of recidivism: only 5-10% of those who worked in a cooperative go back to prison: the national average is 80%. This means more security, reduction of social costs and lower expenses borne by the judiciary system.


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A BABEL IN THE FOREST (West Sepik, Papua New Guinea)

UnA BABELE NELLA FORESTA (West Sepik, Papua Nuova Guinea)

In the West Sepik, the Western Province of Papua New Guinea, over seven hundred languages are spoken. This island is only one hundred kilometres from Australia, and here there is no time, the population live in small villages “sunk” in the forest that still covers eighty percent of the territory. Malaria is endemic and life expectation reaches forty years. In the most remote villages, when there are some rare strangers, women wear grass skirts, men and children decorate their faces and show off wild boars' teeth on their chests, singing and dancing the tumbuna sing-sing, the traditional dance. They challenge proudly inlaid spears and arrows.



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THE SILENCE OF THE WIND (Rashaida, Palestinian Territories)

IL SILENZIO DEL VENTO (Rashaida, Territori Palestinesi)

The day of every Bedouin woman starts at four when the muezzin begins to sing. While it is still dark and all sleep, she begins to stir milk fermenting in goat’s skin, she feeds the dromedaries and take the goats out to pasture. When she comes back, she kneads bread and prepares cheese, she wakes up her children and breakfast is ready for everyone. Then men wake up. In this small village, thirty kilometres from Bethlehem, the rate of secondary education (33% against the national average of 77.6%), especially among girls, is low due to the lack of schools and the difficulty to reach them, there are no health facilities at distances walked on foot and nowadays some women are still dying giving childbirth.


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THE SMALL FLOCK (Samaria, Palestinians Territories)

IL PICCOLO GREGGE (Samaria, Territori Palestinesi)

Each year, for Passover, all seven hundred Samaritans, the last community in the world, meet in Kyriat Luza on the Mount Gerizim, a Jewish colony in the Palestinian territory, in the heart of Samaria. The principles of the Samaritan faith are four: worshiping one divinity The God of Israel, invoking only one prophet, Moses, studying a single sacred book, the Pentateuch, and respecting a sacred place, the Gerizim. The Samaritans are not considered Jews. Divided by these when the tribes of the north, with Samaria in the middle, separated from the south of Judah, with Jerusalem at the centre. In the fourth century BC this community built a shrine at the foot of Gerizim, but destroyed in 128 BC by the Jews. Since then, however, it is considered the sacred place of the Samaritan tradition.

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