The Fratelli Project – Photo-report

The Fratelli Project – Photo-report

Marco Amato is an avid press photographer. His photo-report on the Fratelli Project is inspired by his experience as a volunteer with the Marist Brothers.

Marco got to know the Marist Brothers towards the end of 2015, when he began to make available to them his skills as a photographer and his interest in social documentaries. He produced pictures of Marist projects throughout the world. The Fratelli Project was not among those projects, but he quickly saw it would be interesting as a joint initiative of two Congregations in an ambitious project responding to the needs of children suffering the disastrous effects of a war. It became his first choice for a volunteer project with the Marists.

While waiting for things to start, Marco went to Rome to meet those responsible for the Fratelli Project, Brothers Miquel and Andrés. In the following April, he joined them in Les Frères, the name given to the former Marist college of Notre-Dame de Fatima in Saida, which had become the site for the project and the home of Miquel and Andrés.

It was in Les Frères that he shot the photos for this short documentary, which contains a selection from the many pictures he took in his attempt to tell the story of the project. The pictures show the arrival of the children in the centre, the games and activities with the teachers, the structural improvements to the buildings, the daily life of the young refugees and their families in the grounds of the UNHCR[1] or in the overcrowded shelter where they are housed for the time being.

Marco explains, “One of the most significant aspects of the experience was the contact with individual people: the Brothers, the teachers and the volunteers who work together on the project. And of course the children”. Some of the children, namely Dalia, Nassuoh and Mohammed, agreed to be photographed and interviewed for this report.

[1] United Nations High Commissioner for the Refugees.

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[1] United Nations High Commissioner for the Refugees.

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