Tashakor is a Persian word meaning “thank you”. It is the word I heard the most in the harsh and risky environment of Afghanistan. To me it means that even in the deadliest place on the planet, or in the middle of a war, a reporter must look at the people and love them – as the great photographer Robert Capa would say..
My name is Nico Piro, I’m a special correspondent working for Tg3, the channel three news bulletin of Rai, the Public Italian Broadcasting Service.
As a correspondent I have mainly worked in crisis areas and war zones, especially in Afghanistan. My goal is to offer a perspective on these natural and man-made tragedies from the point of view of the victims, above all civilians.
For my work, I have received many awards and prizes, among those: “Premio Ilaria Alpi” (2008) Premio Anello Debole (2007), Premio Marco Luchetta (2009), Premio Paolo Frajese (2009), Premio Guido Carletti (2011), Premio Giancarlo Siani (2011).
I was born in 1971 in Salerno, a city on the Southern tip of the Amalfi Coast. I’ve been working as a journalist since 1989, when I started right after the end of the high school, and I stil can’t get enough of it.
This blog is mainly devoted to stories and news from areas where crisis take places (economical one, conflicts and health emergency). In most of the cases, crisis take over the news for a limited amount of time. Unfortunately when the media attention fades, the crisis is usually still on going and destined to last often for years neglected by the rest of the world. This is why we use the term “forgotten crisis”. This blog is a little contribution to shred a light on them.