Marche, one week after the flood is still shoveling. The shots and the story of Joseph: “Resistance in the midst of devastation”

One week afterflood that devastated the Marche, the population is still dealing with enormous damage. “The main roads have been cleared of mud and rubble, but there is still a lot of work to be done in homes where destruction has taken over,” he says. Giuseppe Chiucchiùphotographer of Montecarottoa village nestled among the most affected areas of Ostra And Serra de ‘Conti.

From his house perched on a hill, on the evening of September 15, in the throes of concern for the heavy rain, he left to meet his companion arriving from Jesi: “Before the situation got worse – he says – I jumped on my off-road vehicle and, passing over small landslides, I reached it halfway to go home together. In fact, we had to leave the car about 1 kilometer from the house and walk across one avalanche of mud to get to the door of my home “. Even though he was safe, Chiucchiù did not settle down and, the next morning, he decided to join many friends who live in Senigallia, in the epicenter of the flood. “I was not at peace, during the night I kept up-to-date especially with friends who live along the Misa river. At the first light of dawn, I loaded the car with shovels, brooms and tools with which I enjoy doing housework and I set off to help “recalls the photographer with the devastation of the first days still etched in his eyes. of him.

Bad roads and invaded by mud, houses transformed into heaps of rubble, lost gazes of people deprived of their daily lives and, in the worst cases, of their loved ones: it is the disastrous scenario in front of which he finds himself, every day, stopping to help in the most affected villages and then reach Senigallia. “I restored the electrical system of some of my friends’ neighbors, we helped an obese elderly man who could not get out of his house, with the buckets we still try to empty flooded basements and houses full of debris. I try to contribute, as far as possible, to heal a situation that is upsetting for the eyes and for the heart, ”she says.

After the first days of tireless work, he remembered that he brought his trusty camera with him and, taking short breaks from shovels and rakes, he began to set his lens on places and people ravaged by pain. “My priority is to help as much as possible, but, by being in close contact with these people, an empathic relationship has been created such that, on tiptoe, I try to immortalize their emotions” he declares recalling the image of a lady who has returned to her house destroyed to save some from the mud I remember enclosed in family photos, of a girl intent on cleaning up an encyclopedia given to her by her missing grandmother, but also the shot of Mattia and Barbara, a young couple of volunteers. “We stopped to chat for a few minutes – she remembers – while we were transporting debris in wheelbarrows. When I saw them go hand in hand, in the midst of the collapse, with their clothes covered with mud, I felt the need to share that great humanity ”.

Still, in the morning, after having brought basic necessities to the neighbors, isolated for 7 days by a landslide, Chiucchiù goes to Senigallia to help what, in these difficult days, has become a big family. The support of many young people from the Marche region is also fundamental as it is unexpected, thanks to a word of mouth on social media, they arrive in the most affected areas to help shoveling mud. “I also place my goal on this extraordinary network that I have renamed the army of solidarity” he adds while, cheered by the smile given to him by the people to thank him for his support, he trusts the intention to exhibit inside a shed, in the red zone of Senigallia, a blow-up of the shot in which he portrays a family who, with shovels and boots covered with mud, indicate the level of the mud on the wall of their home. “Fatigue is evident on their faces, but also a hint of contentment for being able to save himself. This photograph represents the symbol of resistance in the midst of devastation ”he concludes by mentioning the possibility of an exhibition, but only when the emergency has passed. “Now is the time to reach out,” she comments.

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