Como, CO, Italia
Mattia Vacca is a freelance photojournalist and a documentary photographer. He graduated with a BA in Science of Communication and completed a MA in Cinema and Journalism at USI/Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano. He was selected for two editions of the Masterclass FSS Film Studies and Documentary Filmmaking in Locarno. For ten years, he was a daily contributor for Il Corriere della Sera covering the breaking news stories in Northern Italy. At this time he is working on various personal projects focused on social issues and the consequences of the armed conflicts around the world. His first self-published photobook, A Winter’s Tale, came out in 2014 thanks to a crowdfunding campaign. He was also a TEDx speaker. His work was featured on New Republic, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Indipendent, ZEIT, France Soir, Daily Mirror, BBC, VICE, Sette, Vanity Fair, Elle Decor, Private Photoreview, L'Oeil de la Photographie, Il Corriere della Sera, La Repubblica, La Stampa, il Fatto Quotidiano, il Giornale, il Messaggero, Libero, La Gazzetta dello Sport, Etiqueta Negra, Sportweek, Wu Magazine, Bak, Fstop, Bild der Frau, Mercure Liquide, I Meridiani. He received numerous awards, including Sony World Photography Awards, Royal Photographic Society Awards, Unesco Humanity Photo Awards, Renaissance Prize, New York Photo Awards, International Photography Awards, Foto 8 Summershow, Phodar Biennial.
- Breaking news
- Military embed
- Video editing
The forgotten war of Nagorno Karabakh
Soldiers are engaged in defending their positions over the frontline, although in May 1994 an official ceasefire was also signed by Armenia and negotiations are taking place in Moscow. The ceasefire is regularly broken with casualties on both sides. Few days ago one of the Artsakh young soldiers was injured and transferred to Yerevan’s hospital where his life is still in on risk.
The conflict started in 1988 and escalated into full-scale war when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Armenians went to war with Azerbaijan, with backing from Armenia. The conflict left 65,000 ethnic Armenians and 40,000 ethnic Azeris displaced.
The border territory is now full of military camps and bases. In the capital Stepanakert a military academy substituted the traditional high-school. That forgotten war seems to be still not finished today.
How to act in extreme situations
The aggressive Russian stances towards the Baltic States and the military activity within the bordering Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, has recently prompted the Lithuanian army to resume military conscription. The ultimate goal is building an operational self-defence force if a Russian aggression becomes reality. Lithuania will recruit and train military personnel for the next five years starting in September 2015, enlisting 3,000 people, aged 19 to 27. The great majority of them -about 2,600 recruits- have joined voluntarily.