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People from the community of Petare, one of Latin America's largest slums, take part in the Via Crucis organized by the parishioners of the "El Nazareno" sector in one of Caracas' poorest districts.
A participant in the Via Crucis, a local kid from the community, plays the role of the centurion for the audience.
Two young women play Mary and Magdalena, watching onward as Jesus is tortured.
Though time it's Christ who's lying on the streets of Petare, most days it's someone else - the daily victims of local crime.
At the scene of Jesus' torture, a priest is stained by representations of his blood.
Mary at the stage cleaning the scene of the torture of Jesus
a scene of Jesus's torture
The scene of the Via Crucis when Jesus gets a crown of thorns
Petare's Via Crucis is as realistic as possible, without really harming the actors looks stunishing and real
The people of Petare as they walk from the Nazareno sector to El Morro, where the Via Crucis ends
Some People choose their roofs to have a better view of the Via Crucis without having to struggle for a place among the people
Over the streets between the Nazareno sector and El Morro goes the Via Crucis having Petare as a stage.
The representation is so cruel that this little girl started to cry
Petare, the biggest slum in Latin America covers the east side of Caracas
The people of the comunity at the final point of the Via Crucis.
One of the two thievs who were crucified with Jesus about to play the final scene
The actors of the centurions also guard the people so they don't get in the stage
one of the two thievs who were crucified with Jesus after he's mounted in his cross
The other actors help secure the other thief to his cross
Jesus as he plays the final scene of the Via Crucis
The three crosses as the final scene of the via crucis is played.
a Centurion guards the entrance of the stage so no one gets in and everyone in the audience can see the play
Petare at night from El Morro
The Via Crucis seen from the low part of El Morro, at the top of one of the mountains of Petare.
Women escaping domestic violence, drug addiction and crime in a shelter and rehab center in Montevideo make dust rags. Domestic violence is widespread across Latin America including in this small, mostly rural country with an average of 68 reports of gender based violence made daily in Montevideo.
Stella, 32, comes from the Uruguayan countryside (Tacuarembo area). She and her autistic son were beaten and abused by her husband for 4 years. Since her husband was jailed for attempting to kill her, Stella lives with her son in a shelter for women escaping violence and addiction.
Franco (18) and Helena Maria (2) came from poor rural families to be adopted by Daniel M. (52) and Walter MA (38), activists in the LGBT community who have been adopting underprivileged children at the biological parents' behest.
Daniel M. (52) and Walter MA (38) have the biggest homosexual family in Latin America. After 20 years as a couple, they have adopted four children: Franco, Mayara, Maria Pia and Helena Maria. The children arrived from poor families where they couldn't survive. In these last 20 years, desperate mothers have asked to Walter and Daniel to adopt their children. "They're not Desaparecidos!" Daniel says, "they have constant contact with their biological families". Daniel and Walter have been active in the LGBT community in Latin America for 25 years. Today, adoption by same-sex couples is legal in 16 countries, including Uruguay.
The Sater-Maw tribe lives in the region of the mid Amazon River, on the border between Amazonas and Par states. Inventors of the "Guaran culture", the tribe domesticated this wild fruit and created its processing method, thanks to which Guaran is known and consumed all over the world.
Known as to locals as "the Children of Guaran" the Satere-Mawe indians still maintain their traditional way of planting and using guaran, for example as medicine or their ritual drink.
Pedro, 33, a Sater-Maw indian who patrols the forest: "Illegal logging can be hard to tackle. Logging happens deep in the forest, far from the eyes of the world but GPS tracking technology and satellite surveillance means we can find out where loggers are and what kind of timber they want. We are tracking 560 hectares of virgin forest with new technologies, hopefully we will stop illegal logging here."
Kennedy, 24, defends his land from illegal timber extraction. He is part of an international project with local partners. This project in the Satere-Maw area was created to support the local communities and to prevent illegal timber extraction by increasing daily surveillance, mapping forest resources and through a series of initiatives to raise awareness and environmental education. Indigenous and other local forest communities have seen their land seized, their lifestyles destroyed, and their livelihoods stolen. The US is the largest market for timber exported from Brazil. While Americans buy massive quantities of wood, often taken illegally from forests, to construct floors, outdoor paths, and piers, local people and activists working to protect the Amazon are being assassinated and kept quiet through intimidation.
The Andir river by night. The Sater-Maw live in the region of the mid Amazon River, on the border between Brazil's two biggest states Amazonas and Par.
It's a long trip to reach the Sater-Maw reserve: one hour flight from Manaus to Parintins, the closest city, then an 8 hour trip by riverboat.
Every year since 1995, residents of Guaranatuba village and some communities and volunteers from NGOs gather to celebrate the harvest of guaran fruit, known worldwide for its high energy value. During two days of celebration, locals enjoy small performances by folks artists and musical performances to mark the event.
A Maw girl listens intently to a speech about indigenous rights and the fair trade economy.
A Maw woman prepares food and a guaran drink at home. Guaran is the daily, ritual and religious beverage, and it is drunk in large quantities by adults and children alike.
The areas where the Sater-Maw live are called "stio". In this space each family unit has its residence, where a fire is lit both for cooking and for keeping the residents warm (the fire also serves to congregate the family members around it).
Guaranatuba village, located alongside of the Andira riverbank. Two young Sater-Maw are preparing a powerful sound system for a guaran harvest festival that hosts music, traditional dance and speeches about indigenous culture and politics.
A current project underway in the Sater-Maw region involves the mapping of forest resources, the construction of a small nursery to produce 5,000 seedlings per year, making plans for the correct use of natural resources, training in techniques of forestry, collection of seeds and production of seedlings, Copaiba oil and Guarana powder.