In view of the dramatic events in Ukraine, the analysis of the last years of my life was not brilliant.
I took freedom and the end of wars in Europe for granted.
And it was deeply wrong. Freedom was never a guaranteed good, nor the end of wars in Europe a certain one.
But what I saw in my behavior made me even more uncomfortable.
Where was I regarding the war in Syria and the ordeal of its population? Distracted
Where was I in relation to the war in Yemen, where so many atrocities are committed against a peaceful and defenseless population? Distracted
Where was I regarding the wars in Lebanon? Distracted
Where was I in relation to the Palestinian drama? Distracted.
But the drama of Ukraine, the exemplary behavior of that people, who fight not only for their freedom but also for ours, made me wake up and stop being distracted.
Unlike some of my friends who cynically remain distracted, under the pretext that each crisis follows, and that we can't do anything, I decided to get down to work and create, together with Maria Ribeiro, the "Photographers for Ukraine" movement.
And the result was surprising.
People from all over the world wrote to us asking if they could participate in the project.
They felt like they were participating in something.
And they offered a good created by them that will be turned into money destined for the children of Ukraine.
And then we realize that after all there are many, many people, who in this case also do photography, who are available, generously available to participate in something that can contribute to lessening the suffering of people they will never meet in life, but whose misfortune affects them deeply.
And these realizations gave us immense energy to continue to solidify and deepen this project.
This is the very first phase. Others will follow.
Thank you all.