INSEDIAMENTO DI BET HADASSA, HEBRON, WEST BANK 1992
Francesco Cito was born in Naples in 1949. A free-lance photographer, his reportages on Afghanistan, the West Bank occupied territories, the Gaza Strip, the Middle East, Kuwait, Bosnia, Kosovo are well known. He interprets photography as a means of learning about the daily reality of life close to him and beyond, sensing the responsibility of a narrative that is, before anything else, the result of deep insight. The image we see is taken in the Palestinian settlement within the occupied territories of the West Bank and shows the coexistence between the army and the civilian population with stark reality. Children should never experience the fear of war. History teaches us that this is never the case and, as we see so often in Cito’s work and particularly in this image, children always have to endure these horrors while seeking, in their naiveté, snippets of normalcy and play.