Michele Pero Michele Pero

“Why do I take photographs? In the past I have tried many times to give a high-flying answer to that question. But I have never found one. The only thing I can say is that I take photographs because it gives me such great pleasure …. and I travel because I am curious.” He was born in Sansepolcro in 1970. At the age of fifteen he was introduced to the dark room and to the mystery of black and white which to this day still fascinates him, like some kind of magic that grips the soul. In 1989 he moved to Florence where he decided that he would make photography his life. He gave up his studies in biology so that he could dedicate himself full time to his career as a photographer. In 1996 he went to Milan to work in advertising photography. It was there that his portfolio of life histories was held in high regard and his photographs began to appear on the printed page. He decided to leave the photographic studio and the large view cameras in order to travel and tell stories with the Nikon.
His photos appeared in all the most important Italian magazines and national and international daily newspapers. In 1997 he gave his first personal exhibition at Sansepolcro, entitled “Albanians of Albania”. Then, his photos of the war in Kosovo became a touring exhibition from 1998 to 1999 which reached all the most important Italian towns. His photo reportage was chosen for a permanent exhibition at the Friedensmuseum in Nuernberg.
In 2003 he founded his own school of photography called The Darkroom which today prepares professional photographers every year. He has once again taken up and is expanding his projects in photo journalism, especially in the Balkans and in the science field, faces new experiences with multi medial video productions and keeps working with advertising photography.

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Prizren's Dervish Fakirs: The Newroz ...
Prizren, Kosovo
By Michele Pero
08 Jul 2015

Ancient Shiite rituals were brought into the Balkans in the 15th century during the Ottoman invasion and dominion and have been kept intact up till our day, representing a parallel and very deep-rooted Islam amongst the people. In the town of Prizren in Kosovo there is the tariqa Rufai. To celebrate the Newroz, or Nevruz, the beginning of the new year which coincides with the arrival of spring, all the dervishes in the area meet up here to celebrate a propitiatory ritual. The ritual lasts five hours and is extremely exacting. The followers must go through a great test of physical and mental exertion. The dervishes pray, dance and sing and try to attain a state of trance. At the culmination of the ritual the feats of Fakirism take place. Whilst some of the dervishes play and sing, the shaikh takes long skewers and begins to pierce the mouths of the dervishes who willingly undergo this test, beginning with the children. The older dervishes, the braver and more expert, are pierced with a real sword. A blade is placed on their throat and the shaikh climbs on top of it. The ritual ends when the dervishes remove the skewers. Just a few drops of blood appear on their cheeks.

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Syria - Protest in refugee camp of Az...
Azaz, Syria
By Michele Pero
06 Dec 2012

Refugees of the Azaz camp, Syria, protest for to get better conditions of life in the camp.
In the banner: "Urgent: kids are dying for cold and lack of food. We want Mr. Erdogan listening to us and he coming to save their souls and to help the people in need."
Refugees of the camp of Azaz have lost their houses under bombings of Halep and surroundings. They left Halep with just the clothes they had at time of bombing. They have no documents, no money, no belongings anymore. They believed in passing the Turkish border to escape the massacres, but after a limited number of refugees which have been accepted by the Turkish government, the border was closed. They had to settle in the camp right on the Syrian border, waiting for a move that does not arrive. After more than three months living under tents, with no heating, no electricity, little food, wet conditions, a group of them has arranged a protest. They moved towards the Turkish border, crossing the no mans land and entering de facto in Turkey. They asked for better living conditions in the Azaz camp.
Traffic was jammed. Syrian refugees tried to stop all cars willing to cross the border, just allowing an ambulance to pass through. Turkish police moved to calm the situation, keeping great calm, even if a Turkish tank was moved on the border line just to say "pay attention".
An ambassador was sent by the governor of the area, to parliament for to have access to Turkey. He returned with no good news. Turkey cannot take more refugees and cannot do more than what actually it does. They must stay were they are, with no home to Syria, no passport to leave the country, almost convicted to stay in the camp. Ruefully they make return to the camp by night.

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Syria - Protest in refugeee camp of A...
Azaz, Syria
By Michele Pero
06 Dec 2012

Refugees of the Azaz camp, Syria, protest for to get better conditions of life in the camp. Refugees of the camp of Azaz have lost their houses under bombings of Halep and surroundings. They left Halep with just the clothes they had at time of bombing. They have no documents, no money, no belongings anymore. They believed in passing the Turkish border to escape the massacres, but after a limited number of refugees which have been accepted by the Turkish government, the border was closed. They had to settle in the camp right on the Syrian border, waiting for a move that does not arrive. After more than three months living under tents, with no heating, no electricity, little food, wet conditions, a group of them has arranged a protest. They moved towards the Turkish border, crossing the no mans land and entering de facto in Turkey. They asked for better living conditions in the Azaz camp.
Traffic was jammed. Syrian refugees tried to stop all cars willing to cross the border, just allowing an ambulance to pass through. Turkish police moved to calm the situation, keeping great calm, even if a Turkish tank was moved on the border line just to say "pay attention".
An ambassador was sent by the governor of the area, to parliament for to have access to Turkey. He returned with no good news. Turkey cannot take more refugees and cannot do more than what actually it does. They must stay were they are, with no home to Syria, no passport to leave the country, almost convicted to stay in the camp. Ruefully they make return to the camp by night.

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Syria - Protest in refugeee camp of A...
Azaz, Syria
By Michele Pero
06 Dec 2012

Refugees of the Azaz camp, Syria, protest for to get better conditions of life in the camp. Refugees of the camp of Azaz have lost their houses under bombings of Halep and surroundings. They left Halep with just the clothes they had at time of bombing. They have no documents, no money, no belongings anymore. They believed in passing the Turkish border to escape the massacres, but after a limited number of refugees which have been accepted by the Turkish government, the border was closed. They had to settle in the camp right on the Syrian border, waiting for a move that does not arrive. After more than three months living under tents, with no heating, no electricity, little food, wet conditions, a group of them has arranged a protest. They moved towards the Turkish border, crossing the no mans land and entering de facto in Turkey. They asked for better living conditions in the Azaz camp.
Traffic was jammed. Syrian refugees tried to stop all cars willing to cross the border, just allowing an ambulance to pass through. Turkish police moved to calm the situation, keeping great calm, even if a Turkish tank was moved on the border line just to say "pay attention".
An ambassador was sent by the governor of the area, to parliament for to have access to Turkey. He returned with no good news. Turkey cannot take more refugees and cannot do more than what actually it does. They must stay were they are, with no home to Syria, no passport to leave the country, almost convicted to stay in the camp. Ruefully they make return to the camp by night.

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Syria - Protest in refugeee camp of A...
Azaz, Syria
By Michele Pero
06 Dec 2012

Refugees of the Azaz camp, Syria, protest for to get better conditions of life in the camp. In the banner: "Urgent: kids are dying for cold and lack of food. We want Mr. Erdogan listening to us and he coming to save their souls and to help the people in need."
Refugees of the camp of Azaz have lost their houses under bombings of Halep and surroundings. They left Halep with just the clothes they had at time of bombing. They have no documents, no money, no belongings anymore. They believed in passing the Turkish border to escape the massacres, but after a limited number of refugees which have been accepted by the Turkish government, the border was closed. They had to settle in the camp right on the Syrian border, waiting for a move that does not arrive. After more than three months living under tents, with no heating, no electricity, little food, wet conditions, a group of them has arranged a protest. They moved towards the Turkish border, crossing the no mans land and entering de facto in Turkey. They asked for better living conditions in the Azaz camp.
Traffic was jammed. Syrian refugees tried to stop all cars willing to cross the border, just allowing an ambulance to pass through. Turkish police moved to calm the situation, keeping great calm, even if a Turkish tank was moved on the border line just to say "pay attention".
An ambassador was sent by the governor of the area, to parliament for to have access to Turkey. He returned with no good news. Turkey cannot take more refugees and cannot do more than what actually it does. They must stay were they are, with no home to Syria, no passport to leave the country, almost convicted to stay in the camp. Ruefully they make return to the camp by night.

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Syria - Protest in refugeee camp of A...
Azaz, Syria
By Michele Pero
06 Dec 2012

Refugees of the Azaz camp, Syria, protest for to get better conditions of life in the camp.
In the banner: "Urgent: kids are dying for cold and lack of food. We want Mr. Erdogan listening to us and he coming to save their souls and to help the people in need."
Refugees of the camp of Azaz have lost their houses under bombings of Halep and surroundings. They left Halep with just the clothes they had at time of bombing. They have no documents, no money, no belongings anymore. They believed in passing the Turkish border to escape the massacres, but after a limited number of refugees which have been accepted by the Turkish government, the border was closed. They had to settle in the camp right on the Syrian border, waiting for a move that does not arrive. After more than three months living under tents, with no heating, no electricity, little food, wet conditions, a group of them has arranged a protest. They moved towards the Turkish border, crossing the no mans land and entering de facto in Turkey. They asked for better living conditions in the Azaz camp.
Traffic was jammed. Syrian refugees tried to stop all cars willing to cross the border, just allowing an ambulance to pass through. Turkish police moved to calm the situation, keeping great calm, even if a Turkish tank was moved on the border line just to say "pay attention".
An ambassador was sent by the governor of the area, to parliament for to have access to Turkey. He returned with no good news. Turkey cannot take more refugees and cannot do more than what actually it does. They must stay were they are, with no home to Syria, no passport to leave the country, almost convicted to stay in the camp. Ruefully they make return to the camp by night.

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Syria - Protest in refugeee camp of A...
Azaz, Syria
By Michele Pero
06 Dec 2012

Refugees of the Azaz camp, Syria, protest for to get better conditions of life in the camp. Refugees of the camp of Azaz have lost their houses under bombings of Halep and surroundings. They left Halep with just the clothes they had at time of bombing. They have no documents, no money, no belongings anymore. They believed in passing the Turkish border to escape the massacres, but after a limited number of refugees which have been accepted by the Turkish government, the border was closed. They had to settle in the camp right on the Syrian border, waiting for a move that does not arrive. After more than three months living under tents, with no heating, no electricity, little food, wet conditions, a group of them has arranged a protest. They moved towards the Turkish border, crossing the no mans land and entering de facto in Turkey. They asked for better living conditions in the Azaz camp.
Traffic was jammed. Syrian refugees tried to stop all cars willing to cross the border, just allowing an ambulance to pass through. Turkish police moved to calm the situation, keeping great calm, even if a Turkish tank was moved on the border line just to say "pay attention".
An ambassador was sent by the governor of the area, to parliament for to have access to Turkey. He returned with no good news. Turkey cannot take more refugees and cannot do more than what actually it does. They must stay were they are, with no home to Syria, no passport to leave the country, almost convicted to stay in the camp. Ruefully they make return to the camp by night.

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Syria - Protest in refugeee camp of A...
Azaz, Syria
By Michele Pero
06 Dec 2012

Refugees of the Azaz camp, Syria, protest for to get better conditions of life in the camp. Refugees of the camp of Azaz have lost their houses under bombings of Halep and surroundings. They left Halep with just the clothes they had at time of bombing. They have no documents, no money, no belongings anymore. They believed in passing the Turkish border to escape the massacres, but after a limited number of refugees which have been accepted by the Turkish government, the border was closed. They had to settle in the camp right on the Syrian border, waiting for a move that does not arrive. After more than three months living under tents, with no heating, no electricity, little food, wet conditions, a group of them has arranged a protest. They moved towards the Turkish border, crossing the no mans land and entering de facto in Turkey. They asked for better living conditions in the Azaz camp.
Traffic was jammed. Syrian refugees tried to stop all cars willing to cross the border, just allowing an ambulance to pass through. Turkish police moved to calm the situation, keeping great calm, even if a Turkish tank was moved on the border line just to say "pay attention".
An ambassador was sent by the governor of the area, to parliament for to have access to Turkey. He returned with no good news. Turkey cannot take more refugees and cannot do more than what actually it does. They must stay were they are, with no home to Syria, no passport to leave the country, almost convicted to stay in the camp. Ruefully they make return to the camp by night.

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Walk for children of Syria (65 of 65)
Bologna, Italy
By Michele Pero
17 Nov 2012

Walk for Syrian children in Bologna, Italy, on November 17, 2012. Syrian people from all over the world meet up for a global walk for to drive the attention of the world to the condition of Syrian children left under the regime of Assad.

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Walk for children of Syria (64 of 65)
Bologna, Italy
By Michele Pero
17 Nov 2012

Walk for Syrian children in Bologna, Italy, on November 17, 2012. Syrian people from all over the world meet up for a global walk for to drive the attention of the world to the condition of Syrian children left under the regime of Assad.

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Walk for children of Syria (63 of 65)
Bologna, Italy
By Michele Pero
17 Nov 2012

Walk for Syrian children in Bologna, Italy, on November 17, 2012. Syrian people from all over the world meet up for a global walk for to drive the attention of the world to the condition of Syrian children left under the regime of Assad.

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Walk for children of Syria (62 of 65)
Bologna, Italy
By Michele Pero
17 Nov 2012

Mr. Mohamed Nour Dachan, official representative of the National Syrian Council in Italy . Walk for Syrian children in Bologna, Italy, on November 17, 2012. Syrian people from all over the world meet up for a global walk for to drive the attention of the world to the condition of Syrian children left under the regime of Assad.

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Walk for children of Syria (61 of 65)
Bologna, Italy
By Michele Pero
17 Nov 2012

Mr. Mohamed Nour Dachan, official representative of the National Syrian Council in Italy . Walk for Syrian children in Bologna, Italy, on November 17, 2012. Syrian people from all over the world meet up for a global walk for to drive the attention of the world to the condition of Syrian children left under the regime of Assad.

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Walk for children of Syria (60 of 65)
Bologna, Italy
By Michele Pero
17 Nov 2012

Walk for Syrian children in Bologna, Italy, on November 17, 2012. Syrian people from all over the world meet up for a global walk for to drive the attention of the world to the condition of Syrian children left under the regime of Assad.

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Walk for children of Syria (59 of 65)
Bologna, Italy
By Michele Pero
17 Nov 2012

Walk for Syrian children in Bologna, Italy, on November 17, 2012. Syrian people from all over the world meet up for a global walk for to drive the attention of the world to the condition of Syrian children left under the regime of Assad.

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Walk for children of Syria (58 of 65)
Bologna, Italy
By Michele Pero
17 Nov 2012

Walk for Syrian children in Bologna, Italy, on November 17, 2012. Syrian people from all over the world meet up for a global walk for to drive the attention of the world to the condition of Syrian children left under the regime of Assad.

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Walk for children of Syria (57 of 65)
Bologna, Italy
By Michele Pero
17 Nov 2012

Walk for Syrian children in Bologna, Italy, on November 17, 2012. Syrian people from all over the world meet up for a global walk for to drive the attention of the world to the condition of Syrian children left under the regime of Assad.

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Walk for children of Syria (56 of 65)
Bologna, Italy
By Michele Pero
17 Nov 2012

Walk for Syrian children in Bologna, Italy, on November 17, 2012. Syrian people from all over the world meet up for a global walk for to drive the attention of the world to the condition of Syrian children left under the regime of Assad.

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Walk for children of Syria (55 of 65)
Bologna, Italy
By Michele Pero
17 Nov 2012

Walk for Syrian children in Bologna, Italy, on November 17, 2012. Syrian people from all over the world meet up for a global walk for to drive the attention of the world to the condition of Syrian children left under the regime of Assad.

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Walk for children of Syria (54 of 65)
Bologna, Italy
By Michele Pero
17 Nov 2012

Walk for Syrian children in Bologna, Italy, on November 17, 2012. Syrian people from all over the world meet up for a global walk for to drive the attention of the world to the condition of Syrian children left under the regime of Assad.

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Walk for children of Syria (53 of 65)
Bologna, Italy
By Michele Pero
17 Nov 2012

Walk for Syrian children in Bologna, Italy, on November 17, 2012. Syrian people from all over the world meet up for a global walk for to drive the attention of the world to the condition of Syrian children left under the regime of Assad.

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Walk for children of Syria (52 of 65)
Bologna, Italy
By Michele Pero
17 Nov 2012

Walk for Syrian children in Bologna, Italy, on November 17, 2012. Syrian people from all over the world meet up for a global walk for to drive the attention of the world to the condition of Syrian children left under the regime of Assad.

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Walk for children of Syria (51 of 65)
Bologna, Italy
By Michele Pero
17 Nov 2012

Walk for Syrian children in Bologna, Italy, on November 17, 2012. Syrian people from all over the world meet up for a global walk for to drive the attention of the world to the condition of Syrian children left under the regime of Assad.

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Walk for children of Syria (50 of 65)
Bologna, Italy
By Michele Pero
17 Nov 2012

Walk for Syrian children in Bologna, Italy, on November 17, 2012. Syrian people from all over the world meet up for a global walk for to drive the attention of the world to the condition of Syrian children left under the regime of Assad.

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Walk for children of Syria (49 of 65)
Bologna, Italy
By Michele Pero
17 Nov 2012

Walk for Syrian children in Bologna, Italy, on November 17, 2012. Syrian people from all over the world meet up for a global walk for to drive the attention of the world to the condition of Syrian children left under the regime of Assad.

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Walk for children of Syria (48 of 65)
Bologna, Italy
By Michele Pero
17 Nov 2012

Walk for Syrian children in Bologna, Italy, on November 17, 2012. Syrian people from all over the world meet up for a global walk for to drive the attention of the world to the condition of Syrian children left under the regime of Assad.

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Walk for children of Syria (47 of 65)
Bologna, Italy
By Michele Pero
17 Nov 2012

Walk for Syrian children in Bologna, Italy, on November 17, 2012. Syrian people from all over the world meet up for a global walk for to drive the attention of the world to the condition of Syrian children left under the regime of Assad.

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Walk for children of Syria (46 of 65)
Bologna, Italy
By Michele Pero
17 Nov 2012

Walk for Syrian children in Bologna, Italy, on November 17, 2012. Syrian people from all over the world meet up for a global walk for to drive the attention of the world to the condition of Syrian children left under the regime of Assad.

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Walk for children of Syria (45 of 65)
Bologna, Italy
By Michele Pero
17 Nov 2012

Walk for Syrian children in Bologna, Italy, on November 17, 2012. Syrian people from all over the world meet up for a global walk for to drive the attention of the world to the condition of Syrian children left under the regime of Assad.

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Walk for children of Syria (44 of 65)
Bologna, Italy
By Michele Pero
17 Nov 2012

Walk for Syrian children in Bologna, Italy, on November 17, 2012. Syrian people from all over the world meet up for a global walk for to drive the attention of the world to the condition of Syrian children left under the regime of Assad.

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Walk for children of Syria (43 of 65)
Bologna, Italy
By Michele Pero
17 Nov 2012

Walk for Syrian children in Bologna, Italy, on November 17, 2012. Syrian people from all over the world meet up for a global walk for to drive the attention of the world to the condition of Syrian children left under the regime of Assad.

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Walk for children of Syria (42 of 65)
Bologna, Italy
By Michele Pero
17 Nov 2012

Walk for Syrian children in Bologna, Italy, on November 17, 2012. Syrian people from all over the world meet up for a global walk for to drive the attention of the world to the condition of Syrian children left under the regime of Assad.

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Walk for children of Syria (41 of 65)
Bologna, Italy
By Michele Pero
18 Nov 2012

Walk for Syrian children in Bologna, Italy, on November 17, 2012. Syrian people from all over the world meet up for a global walk for to drive the attention of the world to the condition of Syrian children left under the regime of Assad.

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Walk for children of Syria (40 of 65)
Bologna, Italy
By Michele Pero
17 Nov 2012

Walk for Syrian children in Bologna, Italy, on November 17, 2012. Syrian people from all over the world meet up for a global walk for to drive the attention of the world to the condition of Syrian children left under the regime of Assad.

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Walk for children of Syria (39 of 65)
Bologna, Italy
By Michele Pero
17 Nov 2012

Walk for Syrian children in Bologna, Italy, on November 17, 2012. Syrian people from all over the world meet up for a global walk for to drive the attention of the world to the condition of Syrian children left under the regime of Assad.

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Walk for children of Syria (38 of 65)
Bologna, Italy
By Michele Pero
17 Nov 2012

Walk for Syrian children in Bologna, Italy, on November 17, 2012. Syrian people from all over the world meet up for a global walk for to drive the attention of the world to the condition of Syrian children left under the regime of Assad.

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Walk for children of Syria (37 of 65)
Bologna, Italy
By Michele Pero
17 Nov 2012

Walk for Syrian children in Bologna, Italy, on November 17, 2012. Syrian people from all over the world meet up for a global walk for to drive the attention of the world to the condition of Syrian children left under the regime of Assad.

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Walk for children of Syria (36 of 65)
Bologna, Italy
By Michele Pero
17 Nov 2012

Walk for Syrian children in Bologna, Italy, on November 17, 2012. Syrian people from all over the world meet up for a global walk for to drive the attention of the world to the condition of Syrian children left under the regime of Assad.

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Walk for children of Syria (35 of 65)
Bologna, Italy
By Michele Pero
17 Nov 2012

Walk for Syrian children in Bologna, Italy, on November 17, 2012. Syrian people from all over the world meet up for a global walk for to drive the attention of the world to the condition of Syrian children left under the regime of Assad.

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Walk for children of Syria (34 of 65)
Bologna, Italy
By Michele Pero
17 Nov 2012

Walk for Syrian children in Bologna, Italy, on November 17, 2012. Syrian people from all over the world meet up for a global walk for to drive the attention of the world to the condition of Syrian children left under the regime of Assad.

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Walk for children of Syria (33 of 65)
Bologna, Italy
By Michele Pero
17 Nov 2012

Walk for Syrian children in Bologna, Italy, on November 17, 2012. Syrian people from all over the world meet up for a global walk for to drive the attention of the world to the condition of Syrian children left under the regime of Assad.