Riccardo Venturi- Features
Istanbul, Turkey, June 2013 - The demonstrations in Taksim Square were held against a government redevelopment plan and they turned into nation-wide anti-government protests amidst violent clashes and over 900 arrests - Clashes between police and demonstrators continuing overnight.
Benghazi was the first city to rebel against Gaddhafi’s regime and represents the insurgents stronghold. This city was a symbol of war and liberation. It was the first headquarters of the provisional government and rebel base for the advance to Tripoli.
“The blood of martyrs will not be shed in vain” say the rebels in Benghazi, the capital of the revolution. The headquarters of the rebels and the seat of the temporary government now recognized all over Europe and the United States, rises in the centre of the city of Cirenaica. A large square embraces the prayer, women organizations that help, but mainly show, the pain of families. On the walls of the court, along the square are pictures of the faces of hundreds of boys and men asking to be found if they are missing or be buried if they are dead. These pictures are here to give some peace to those who are looking for them. They are victims of a regime that lasted 40 years, which has led many deaths and disappearances. Four hundred have disappeared in the past five weeks alone. Names and dates tell stories about a country that has found the courage to ask for justice for those faces that no one will ever forget.
The Panama Canal has been operating for 99 years. It's the only man-made passage between the Atlantic and the Pacific. Its lucrative monopoly is now facing a fierce competition by alternative routes that are becoming increasingly profitable, due to improved cargo capacity on bigger ships. Too big for the old canal. The Autoridad del Canal de Panama runs the passage and has embarked in a massive project to make it wider and deeper and equipped with new set of gigantic locks which will allow post-panamax vessel to go through and double the total traffic.
According to an international index of happiness, Costarica results the happiest country of the world. This reportage is a country-portrait, that proposes to investigate, beside the stereotype of this definition, the regulations of this phenomenon around the roots. A travel story that reveals the high level of the country welfare as the “Tica” easy-going way of living; from the beautiful beaches to the high technology industries and high standard of public University.
The right to health is one of the basic rights and acknowledgment of human dignity. Sadly famous because of the coup d’état and its brutal civil war with thousands of civilian victims, Sierra Leone is a country that has to be reconstructed. Nowadays, Sierra Leone is last in the list of the world’s development rate. It has a young population (almost 50 % of its inhabitants is younger than 15), and the life expectation has stopped at 41 years old. The main health problems are connected to malnourishment, unhygienic conditions and contagious diseases. 40 % of the population does not have access to proper medicines and the interruption of the vaccination programs has allowed the recurrence of polio. Emergency Health has been working in this framework. In 2001, Emergency Health opened a Surgical Centre in Goderich, on the outskirts of Freetown which provides high quality free medical treatments.
This photographic project has been made in 2007, in collaboration with three other photographers: Michael Subowski, Francesco Cocco and Luigi Gariglio. The aim of the report was to raise public awareness of legislation and drive new bills for imprisoned mothers who were concerned to entrust their children to alternative communities. The current standards require children under 3 years of age to stay in jails. The project has been exposed at the House of Representatives in Rome.
Every year thousands of people found themselves in the hands of human traffickers, they promise to take them from gibuti, through Yemen, to Arabia Saudita but most of the times the journey doesn't end in the rich arab country. When the illegal immigrants reach yemen, they get kidnapped by gangs, and forced into slavery. Jamal has been beaten until he called her mum, she sold all the fornitures to pay his ransom. Wazira has been kept prisoner for months, she was raped day and night until she got pregnant and the trafficker throw her away. Thousands of these stories of sorrow and survival, can be heard in the UN camps in yemen, a State where human traffic is still not a crime.
Two years after the revolution, yemen is still struggling to find his ways. With the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) approaching and the country still recovering from revolutionary wounds, experts, politicians, organizations and ordinary citizens are all talking about how to form the new Yemeni government with several wars going on inside, the tribes dispute, the endemic poverty and the presence of al qaeda in several region fought unofficially by United States. In Aden and the Abyan region, thousands of people have being running away from their own homes to avoid to live the lives imposed by the extremists and the raids of the yemeni or the american drones. Down in the south, We met militants of the popular front that fight al qaeda, politicians, and ordinary men and woman willing to tell their painful stories.
Nicaragua is an extremely poor country. It has a population of 45,8% and with about 2,3 million people it is below the poverty threshold, living on 170 euro per year. Amongst the economic and heath problems facing the country, there is also an increase of sexual and domestic violence in Nicaragua. 30% of abused women are children and teenagers. Many of them get pregnant. Intervita supports the prevention through victim health programmes. Intervita collaborates with the women’s police stations and local NGOs to drive change.
Soweto is the most populous black urban residential area in South Africa. Thanks to its proximity to Johannesburg, the economic hub of the country, it is also the most metropolitan township in the country – setting trends in politics, fashion, music, dance and language. This report paints an overview of the country, in all its aspects.
Up until now, about 130 million immigrants have moved to several Chinese cities in order to get a job. In fact, more than three million people are “mingong” - rural migrant workers. This huge reserve of a low cost work force is a big competitive advantage for China. It constitutes however the primary source of rising social tensions. Even if their work is a strong accelerator for the Chinese economy, local governments continue to consider the migration movements as cause for instability and growth in crime. In Beijing they are still considered “waidiren”, foreigners; and they are often rejected or isolated. Usually these workers don’t have any industrial accident or sanitary insurance. They work hard to send their whole salary to their families once a year. The hard life and sub standard living and working conditions undermine any possibility of integration with urban communities.
Bosnia 2011
The movie director Sergio Castellitto portraited during his first visit in Sarajevo where he directing his last movie: “Venuto al mondo”, a story written by his wife Margaret Mazzantini and interpretated by famous actress Penelope Cruz.

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