In the night between the 5th and the 6th of April, the centre of Italy was shaken by a powerful earthquake. It came in the middle of the night, causing destruction and killing 294 people. It was so powerful that most of the small villages around Aquila were fully destroyed. Many questions remain unanswered. Would it have been possible to reduce the damage? Was everything done in order to prevent the disaster? Did they build structures, like the university hostel (where many students died), according to the law? But what matters now for the survivors is to bring their cities back to life as soon as possible, working hard and standing proud. Walking around the streets between ruins, sacred images, corpses and personal effects, gave me an glimpse into understanding of what is happening to the people of Aquila.

Guido Gazzilli