Naples, Italy 2010 / 2011.
Carla and Michele in their kitchen, Carla is just a few months pregnant.
Carla and Michele live in suburbs of Naples in a neighborhood called Forcella. They met when Carla was 15 and Michele was 18, they both come from difficult family situations. Carla was receiving assistance by social workers and Michele was often in trouble with the law and was living in the street.
When they met they decided to live together straight away and moved in Carla’s family house. It is a 5 floors building in the center of Naples almost entirely occupied by Carla’s family. It is a very loud place and people shout to each other from floor to floor. It’s a very warm and familiar environment and children are raised with other children.
When Carla turned 16 they decided to have their own family and Carla got pregnant. At the time Michele was working in a restaurant and Carla stopped school very young so she could dedicate entirely to her pregnancy and her child. They were planning to move out and get their own flat. But a few weeks later Carla got pregnant, Michele had to go on a trial for a robbery he did when he was very young, and know he is under house arrest for 4 years.
Now that Michele cannot work they do not receive any assistance from the government, and they depend economically from their families, which are also very poor, but they dream for a better future, to buy a house, have a good job and have the chance to give their baby Carmen a high education.
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