A selection of the finest images shot by Giulio Piscitelli during the war in Ukraine since the beginning of the conflict.
-Those who burn borders- This is what the word Harraga means. Since 2010 the project followed the great issue of our time, the immigration, trying to describes as much deeper is possible this fundamental topic. From the African routes towards the European borders, to the Eastern European routes triggered by international crises that have never been healed; from mismanagement of the phenomenon to the policies of closing the borders implemented by European countries up to the dynamics of inclusion / exclusion for foreigners arriving on European territory.
In October 2016, military operations began for the liberation of the city of Mosul, which in 2014 was occupied by the Islamic State, which declared it the capital of the Caliphate. The conflict saw the massive intervention of armed groups supported by Iran, which seized the moment to finally sanction its influence on Iraq. Iraq's second most important city, with a Sunni majority, was liberated by the Iraqi army and Shia paramilitary groups in July 2017. The victory on the ground temporarily put an end to the domination of the Islamic state, but it triggered and further strained relations between the two political-religious currents of the country; not guaranteeing the future peace and stability that the region desperately needs.
About 400,000 dead, about 12 million displaced. These are some of the numbers of the Syrian war, which began in the spring of 2011 and has not yet ended. The Syrian revolution, which began like many other revolts in the Arab squares against totalitarian regimes for the demand for more political and civil rights, quickly turned into one of the bloodiest conflicts of the last thirty years. A battlefield with an infinite number of actors involved, the best known perhaps ISIS, which saw its birth and strengthening in the Syrian conflict. Syria has represented and represents the playing field for international interests, the chessboard where the games of force and international alliances are weighed. And where, as in all conflicts, these power games see the civilian population as the first victim.
Refugees of different nationalities running on a dune of the desert trying to reach the car on which they were traveling and that restarted the trip after a problem to the engine that caused a stop to their trip in the middle of the desert. The men in the picture were part of a group of more than 80 refugees coming from Sudan and directed to Libya; the group has been intercepted by a local Libyan militia that controls this part of the territory and the border. Libya, Sahara desert border with Sudan, 2014
Dibo Hismail, 88, lives in a house in Al Amria, a hundred meters from one of the main front lines. He is one of the few civilians who still lives in the neighborhood. He was sleeping when the army began to bomb with the planes hitting his house. He doesn't want to leave his home that he built himself, even though he could save himself moving to the house of his sons who live outside the city. Aleppo, Syria, 2012
A group of more than 100 migrants attempting to cross the part of the Mediterranean sea between Tunisia and Italy. The boat with migrants moved at the early hours of the same day from the port of the town of Zarziz in Tunisia, took around 24 hours to arrive in the Italian territorial waters and be rescued by the Italian coast guards. Mediterranean sea, Italian territorial waters, 2011
Migrants and refugees boarding a train by climbing through the windows as they're trying to avoid a police barrier at the station in Tovarnik. Croatia said it was overwhelmed by the influx of thousands of people in just a few days and would be sending them to Slovenia and Hungary. Tovarnik, Croatia, 2015
Fazli Deliu, 72, began working at the Stan Terg mine in 1?969. He's happy for the independence of the country and he thinks it's not right that Serbs should not be subject to the government of Pristina. He never loved the Serbs, who during youth arrested him several times and used violence. Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovo, 2012
Civilians on a bus coming from the city of Debaltseve and directed to Donetsk. Debaltseve and the surrounded areas are now controlled by Pro Russian battalions, after heavy fights of the last weeks against the Ukrainian army, many civilians try to evacuate these areas to reach Donetsk, due to the lack of goods, water, electricity. Uglegorsk, Ukraine, 2015
Refugees from Pakistan live in a squatted abandoned house in the outskirts of the town. In the picture Paroh smoking a cigarette outside the house. Many refugees try to avoid staying in the official refugee camp of Lipa and others, because the dire conditions in which the refugees are treated and forced to live; and also because the people hosted in those camps in the country cannot leave them freely. Bihac, Bosnia, 2021
From left Fatima Hammad and Azaa Fikri Abdu, wives of two brothers, Hammad and Assan Al Curdi, both killed during the evacuation of Rabaa el Dawaia sit-in, on August 14th. They have 5 children each. They say: “We are alone, and we fear for the violence of the new regime, in which kind of country we have to grow our children?". Belbeis, Egypt, 2013
Refugees play football in the refugee camp of Ovcha Kupel. Since 2013 the number of the refugees entered in the country is raised, but Bulgaria is only a transit point for these people, that in great part want to reach northern European countries. Many refugees wait to receive the passport of 3 or 5 years as asylum seeker, but in the first case, this kind of document does not allow the person to leave the country. Sofia, Bugaria, 2014
During the battle to retake the city of Mosul a cloud of oil smoke has? covered the city for months. The oil town has been the object of intense fighting between Iraqi forces and the Islamic State. Before retiring, Isis set fire to refineries in? the city, creating an environmental disaster. Qayyara, Iraq, 2016