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Lorenzo Meloni
b. Italy, 1983
Featured Essays
Nov 6, 2017
In the basements of what once was Raqqa’s football stadium, known as “The Black Stadium,” was a prison which held all the Islamic State members who broke the rules. Executions and severing of limbs were the punishments reserved for the rest of the citizens.

The writing on the walls of the cells explain the alleged reasons for the incarcerations:

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Featured Essays
Jul 5, 2017
In May 2017 Lorenzo Meloni returned to Mosul to continue to document the fight to liberate the Iraqi city from the Islamic State. The remaining IS fighters have been driven further into the densely packed Old City district of Western Mosul by Iraqi special forces, while thousands of civilians still remain trapped by the fighting.

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Featured Essays
Apr 11, 2017
In March 2017, the Iraqi military continued its operation against the Islamic State in Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city.
Supported by US-led coalition air strikes, Iraqi special forces and army units have liberated the eastern half of Mosul and are advancing into the western part of the city, closing in on the Great Mosque of al-Nuri. The building is of symbolic importance to the Iraqi government... More...
Featured Essays
Apr 4, 2017
Lorenzo Meloni examines the issue of public housing in France. He takes a close look at the lives of migrants who had hoped to make it to the UK but instead ended up in French public housing; as well as young squatters finding temporary shelter on the street or in abandoned buildings.

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Featured Essays
Jan 6, 2017
Twenty-one years after the release of the cult movie on French Suburbs, La Haine, which was shot by Mathieu Kassovitz in Chanteloup-les-Vignes, Lorenzo Meloni revisited the town which used to be one of Paris' toughest suburban neighbourhoods.
With high unemployment, the absence of public transportation, general dirtiness, and only basic shops, in the 1990s, riots were part of daily life there. Today,... More...