August 14, 2018 is a date that can never fade from the collective memory of all Italians. It was a terrible day, one foreshadowed by a severe storm in Genoa.

Suddenly, a lightning strike illuminated the sky, followed by an impressive roar. In a few seconds, one of Italy’s most famous bridges crumbled into the abyss below, condemning 43 people to death as their cars plummeted into the void. A few lucky survivors were saved by courageous firefighters, while all the area’s inhabitants began an odyssey that still hasn’t reached a conclusion.

The government immediately took action to seek out the culprits of that immense tragedy, while local politicians began to do all they could to help those who had lost everything in one day.

For years, maintenance was neglected on Morandi Bridge—named after Riccardo Morandi, the engineer who designed it in the 1960s—and despite visible signs of wear and tear, the interventions were always delayed. After the tragedy, residents near the bridge were driven from their homes and transferred—first to temporary shelters, and then to new houses assigned by the municipality. In just half a day, whole families were forced to abandon their life’s memories.