Where life itself is the emergency
publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore
While politicians and the media in the West were concentrating almost exclusively on Covid-19, elsewhere people continued to suffer for other dramatical reasons. Wars, torture, repressive regimes are just a few of the evils that beset the peripheral areas of the world of the well-off. In these areas, the health emergency of the last few years has certainly not been a priority. Prior to the Syrian civil war, Mohammed Bakr was a judge in Homs, now he sells old shoes in the province of Idlib. Rohallah is a Pashtun Taliban who roams the Panshir valley with his Kalashnikov “to cut the throats of those ungrateful Tajiks”; in the meantime, Afghanistan has been plunged back into the past: anyone who has the means to leave, flees the country, no-one wears western clothes anymore, the women are segregated, buried in their burqas once again. These are just a few of the people that Pietro Del Re, journalist and correspondent of the Italian national daily la Repubblica for more than twenty years, met during the pandemic. He travelled to those corners of the Earth that bear the brunt of human tragedies, to give a voice and space to those who have been forgotten, the world’s losers that no-one, or almost no-one, cares about.