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Life In Times Of COVID19
San Salvador
By Juan Carlos
26 Aug 2020

Salvadorans suddenly had to adapt to a very unusual lifestyle due to the COVID19 pandemic crisis, which also brought memories that reminded them of the past during the civil war. The state of emergency, the loss of free movement, unemployment and food shortages have been the hardest things for Salvadoran society, but the militarization, roadblocks and curfew brought back memories of the 12-year civil war, although this time it was because of the dangerous the Corona virus. The use of masks was demanded from the population and everything now takes longer and there is uncertainty about the future. For the time being, citizens are adapting to the new lifestyle.

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El Salvador
Quezaltepeque, La Libertad
By Juan Carlos
25 Aug 2020

Central America - El Salvador, Quezaltepeque: Members of the Salvadoran Red Cross delivering potable water to residents at La Meca community which lacks access to water, this is part of the effort to provide water to people during the COVID19 pandemic so they can have proper hygiene in order to prevent them from getting infected with the virus, this project is being partly finance by the Swiss Red Cross aid.

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El Salvador
Santa Ana, Santa Ana
By Juan Carlos
31 May 2020

Central America - El Salvador, Santa Ana: Beatriz Lazo, 23yrs old holds a makeshift white flag with the phrase “WE NEED HELP S.O.S.” on the side of the street hoping to be able to get food supplies, she has two children and what temporarily laid of from the factory she works.Thousands of Salvadorans are using the white flag as a sign of hunger and the need of food assistance.

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El Salvador
San Salvador, San Salvador
By Juan Carlos
27 May 2020

Central America - El Salvador, capital city San Salvador: Joel Altamirano spraying a disinfectant to eliminate the COVID19 virus from surfaces, he is a member of the Comandos de Salvamento a Salvadoran a humanitarian institution whose mission is to provide medical and EMT services to people free of cost.

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El Salvador
San Salvador, San Salvador
By Juan Carlos
25 May 2020

Central America - El Salvador, capital city San Salvador: Dino says goodbye by touching elbows with Jorge Monroy after finishing delivering food bags to families around the village. Dino Safie is singer who runs a charity called SOLIDARITON which is distributing food to needy families and communities in San Salvador and areas around the country since due to the COVID19 pandemic quarantine thousands of Salvadorans have not been able tower or have been temporarily laid off from their jobs and are using the white flag as a sign of hunger and the need of food assistance.

Juan Carlos for The Wall Street Journal

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El Salvador
San Salvador, San Salvador
By Juan Carlos
22 May 2020

Central America - El Salvador, capital city San Salvador: Merchants participate in a mass praying session at La Tiendona the largest produce marketplace in San Salvador pray. President Nayib Bukele declared a National Day of Prayer by decree to ask God for the healing of El Salvador and the entire world,

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El Salvador
Chalchuapa, Santa Ana
By Juan Carlos
21 May 2020

Central America - El Salvador, Chalchuapa: Investigators study the crime scene of Denis Quintanilla Hernández 32 yrs old, he was shot multiple times, this happened under a quarantine due to the COVID19 pandemic.

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El Salvador
Ahuachapan, Ahuachapan
By Juan Carlos
09 May 2020

Central America - El Salvador, Ahuachapan: Julio Alfredo Mendoza 68yrs old, a farmer heads to the area where he is harvesting his crops, he now has to walk 4 hours to get to his destination due to the fact that public transportation has been halted by the president during the COVID19 quarantine.

Juan Carlos/Hans Lucas

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El Salvador
Ahuachapan, Ahuachapan
By Juan Carlos
23 Apr 2020

Central America - El Salvador, Ahuachapan: Women make line and practice social distancing in order to enter the marketplace to do their grocery shopping. On this day only women can go out and shop, this is one of the measures the municipal government has implemented in order to prevent the spread of the COVID19 (Corona virus).

Juan Carlos/Hans Lucas

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El Salvador
Ahuachapan, Ahuachapan
By Juan Carlos
23 Apr 2020

Central America - El Salvador, capital city San Salvador: Persons wearing masks while roaming the streets. The Salvadoran government has ordered to wear any type of mask in public spaces as a safety measure to help prevent the spread of the COVID19 (Corona virus).

Juan Carlos/Hans Lucas

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San Salvador, San Salvador
By Juan Carlos
23 Apr 2020

Central America - El Salvador, capital city San Salvador: Almost deserted Ruben Dario boulevard one of the busiest arteries at the historic downtown in the capital city San Salvador, as Mayor Ernesto Muyshondt restricts the access it as a measure to prevent the spread of the COVID19(Corona virus).

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El Salvador
San Salvador, San Salvador
By Juan Carlos
19 Apr 2020

Central America - El Salvador, capital city San Salvador: Emptied streets of the historic downtown in the capital city of San Salvador, as Mayor Ernesto Muyshondt restricts the access for 48 hours as a measure to prevent the spread of the COVID19 virus.

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El Salvador
El Refugio, Ahuachapan
By Juan Carlos
05 Apr 2020

Central America - El Salvador, El Refugio: Catholic faithfuls pray and greet the priest who is weaing a mask while carrying the monstrance, also known as an ostensorium (or an ostensory) around town, guest Due to the ongoing Corona virus (COVID19) pandemic quarantine the Catholic Church will not be able to hold their traditional Holy Week (Easter) processions.

Juan Carlos/Hans Lucas

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El Salvador
San Salvador, San Salvador
By Juan Carlos
29 Mar 2020

Central America - El Salvador, capital city San Salvador: A person feeds the pigeons at Plaza Gerardo Barrios (square) during the COVID pandemic quarantine in the historic downtown San Salvador.

Juan Carlos/Hans Lucas

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El Salvador
San Salvador, San Salvador
By Juan Carlos
23 Mar 2020

Central America - El Salvador, capital city San Salvador: People waiting for a public transportation bus, this bus stop is usually very busy with people waiting during rush hour but not the case due to the COVID-19 quarantine. President Nayib Bukele has declared national emergency, announcing a quarantine due to the Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic asking people to stay home and only go out if necessary to prevent being infracted by the virus.

Juan Carlos/Hans Lucas

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El Salvador
Santa Tecla, La Libertad
By Juan Carlos
21 Mar 2020

Central America - El Salvador, Santa Tecla: Military checkpoint making sure that only authorized persons are out from their home and only one passenger per vehicle during the Corona Virus (COVID-19) quarantine. President Nayib Bukele has declared national emergency, announcing a quarantine due to the pandemic, asking people to stay home and only go out if necessary to prevent being infracted by the virus.

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El Salvador Parliament Attempted Coup
San Salvador
By Juan Carlos
09 Feb 2020

Presiden Bukele is trying to force the politicians to approve it and has called for the insurrection or rise of the peoples to put pressure on them and thousands showed up at the building of the Legislative Assembly to rally in support for the president. Creating a very tense situation and can be a dangerous one, so far the budget still is halted because the assembly representative did not showed up to the special session ordered by president Bukele, now he has given them an a week to approve it. Bukele?s political opponents feel threatened and many Salvadorans accuse Nayib Bukele of wanting top run an authoritarian government.

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El Salvador
San Salvador
By Juan Carlos
08 Feb 2020

Central America - El Salvador, capital city San Salvador: Presiden Nayib Bukele (center) from the Nuevas Ideas/GANA political party enters the Asamblea Legislativa (Legislative Assembly or Congress) chamber.

The Salvadoran assembly representatives from the opposition specially from the FMLN (left wing) and ARENA (extreme right wing) political parties is halting the approval of a budget which is need to begin with the third phase of his plan to tackle the violence, in particular from gangs, named Plan Control Territorial (Territorial control plan), the funds would be used to buy police vehicles, uniforms, surveillance equipment and a helicopter, among other things. Presiden Bukele is trying to force the politicians to approve it and has called for the insurrection or rise of the peoples to put pressure on them and thousands showed up at the building of the Legislative Assembly to rally in support for the president. Bukele’s political opponents feel threatened and many Salvadorans accuse Nayib Bukele of wanting top run an authoritarian government.

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El Salvador
San Salvador
By Juan Carlos
08 Feb 2020

Central America - El Salvador, capital city San Salvador: Soldiers guarding the streets around the Asamblea Legislativa (Legislative Assembly or Congress) building, behind the soldiers a mural with dead white dove as a representation of war.

The Salvadoran assembly representatives from the opposition specially from the FMLN (left wing) and ARENA (extreme right wing) political parties is halting the approval of a budget which is need to begin with the third phase of his plan to tackle the violence, in particular from gangs, named Plan Control Territorial (Territorial control plan), the funds would be used to buy police vehicles, uniforms, surveillance equipment and a helicopter, among other things. Presiden Bukele is trying to force the politicians to approve it and has called for the insurrection or rise of the peoples to put pressure on them and thousands showed up at the building of the Legislative Assembly to rally in support for the president. Bukele’s political opponents feel threatened and many Salvadorans accuse Nayib Bukele of wanting top run an authoritarian government.

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El Salvador
San Salvador
By Juan Carlos
08 Feb 2020

Central America - El Salvador, capital city San Salvador: Anti-Riot police at the Asamblea Legislativa (Legislative Assembly or Congress) building at a rally in support of Presiden Nayib Bukele from the Nuevas Ideas/GANA political party

The Salvadoran assembly representatives from the opposition specially from the FMLN (left wing) and ARENA (extreme right wing) political parties is halting the approval of a budget which is need to begin with the third phase of his plan to tackle the violence, in particular from gangs, named Plan Control Territorial (Territorial control plan), the funds would be used to buy police vehicles, uniforms, surveillance equipment and a helicopter, among other things. Presiden Bukele is trying to force the politicians to approve it and has called for the insurrection or rise of the peoples to put pressure on them and thousands showed up at the building of the Legislative Assembly to rally in support for the president. Bukele’s political opponents feel threatened and many Salvadorans accuse Nayib Bukele of wanting top run an authoritarian government.

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El Salvador
San Salvador
By Juan Carlos
08 Feb 2020

Central America - El Salvador, capital city San Salvador: Supporters of Presiden Nayib Bukele from the Nuevas Ideas/GANA political party at the Asamblea Legislativa (Legislative Assembly or Congress) building in order to show support for him as the political tension rises.

The Salvadoran assembly representatives from the opposition specially from the FMLN (left wing) and ARENA (extreme right wing) political parties is halting the approval of a budget which is need to begin with the third phase of his plan to tackle the violence, in particular from gangs, named Plan Control Territorial (Territorial control plan), the funds would be used to buy police vehicles, uniforms, surveillance equipment and a helicopter, among other things. Presiden Bukele is trying to force the politicians to approve it and has called for the insurrection or rise of the peoples to put pressure on them and thousands showed up at the building of the Legislative Assembly to rally in support for the president. Bukele’s political opponents feel threatened and many Salvadorans accuse Nayib Bukele of wanting top run an authoritarian government.

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El Salvador
San Salvador
By Juan Carlos
08 Feb 2020

Central America - El Salvador, capital city San Salvador: A soldier patrolling the streets around the Asamblea Legislativa (Legislative Assembly or Congress) building as presidente

The Salvadoran assembly representatives from the opposition specially from the FMLN (left wing) and ARENA (extreme right wing) political parties is halting the approval of a budget which is need to begin with the third phase of his plan to tackle the violence, in particular from gangs, named Plan Control Territorial (Territorial control plan), the funds would be used to buy police vehicles, uniforms, surveillance equipment and a helicopter, among other things. Presiden Bukele is trying to force the politicians to approve it and has called for the insurrection or rise of the peoples to put pressure on them and thousands showed up at the building of the Legislative Assembly to rally in support for the president. Bukele’s political opponents feel threatened and many Salvadorans accuse Nayib Bukele of wanting top run an authoritarian government.

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El Salvador
San Salvador
By Juan Carlos
08 Feb 2020

Central America - El Salvador, capital city San Salvador: Supporters of Presiden Nayib Bukele from the Nuevas Ideas/GANA political party rally in his support at the Asamblea Legislativa (Legislative Assembly or Congress) building.

The Salvadoran assembly representatives from the opposition specially from the FMLN (left wing) and ARENA (extreme right wing) political parties is halting the approval of a budget which is need to begin with the third phase of his plan to tackle the violence, in particular from gangs, named Plan Control Territorial (Territorial control plan), the funds would be used to buy police vehicles, uniforms, surveillance equipment and a helicopter, among other things. Presiden Bukele is trying to force the politicians to approve it and has called for the insurrection or rise of the peoples to put pressure on them and thousands showed up at the building of the Legislative Assembly to rally in support for the president. Bukele’s political opponents feel threatened and many Salvadorans accuse Nayib Bukele of wanting top run an authoritarian government.

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San Salvador
By Juan Carlos
08 Feb 2020

Central America - El Salvador, capital city San Salvador: Soldiers inside the Asamblea Legislativa (Legislative Assembly or Congress) chamber during a special assembly session ordered by the president.

The Salvadoran assembly representatives from the opposition specially from the FMLN (left wing) and ARENA (extreme right wing) political parties is halting the approval of a budget which is need to begin with the third phase of his plan to tackle the violence, in particular from gangs, named Plan Control Territorial (Territorial control plan), the funds would be used to buy police vehicles, uniforms, surveillance equipment and a helicopter, among other things. Presiden Bukele is trying to force the politicians to approve it and has called for the insurrection or rise of the peoples to put pressure on them and thousands showed up at the building of the Legislative Assembly to rally in support for the president. Bukele’s political opponents feel threatened and many Salvadorans accuse Nayib Bukele of wanting top run an authoritarian government.

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El Salvador
San Salvador
By Juan Carlos
08 Feb 2020

Central America - El Salvador, capital city San Salvador: A soldier on guard inside the Asamblea Legislativa (Legislative Assembly or Congress) chamber during a special assembly session ordered by the president.

The Salvadoran assembly representatives from the opposition specially from the FMLN (left wing) and ARENA (extreme right wing) political parties is halting the approval of a budget which is need to begin with the third phase of his plan to tackle the violence, in particular from gangs, named Plan Control Territorial (Territorial control plan), the funds would be used to buy police vehicles, uniforms, surveillance equipment and a helicopter, among other things. Presiden Bukele is trying to force the politicians to approve it and has called for the insurrection or rise of the peoples to put pressure on them and thousands showed up at the building of the Legislative Assembly to rally in support for the president. Bukele’s political opponents feel threatened and many Salvadorans accuse Nayib Bukele of wanting top run an authoritarian government.

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San Salvador
By Juan Carlos
08 Feb 2020

Central America - El Salvador, capital city San Salvador: Political graffiti claiming that President Nayib Bukele, the right wing political parities Alianza Republicana Nacionalista (ARENA) and Gran Alianza por la Unidad Nacional GANA) are privatizing the public services and other government institutions.

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El Salvador
San Salvador
By Juan Carlos
08 Feb 2020

Central America - El Salvador, capital city San Salvador: Military School cadets on guard at entrance of the Asamblea Legislativa (Legislative Assembly or Congress) chamber as they await for Presiden Nayib Bukele from the Nuevas Ideas/GANA political party to arrive.

The Salvadoran assembly representatives from the opposition specially from the FMLN (left wing) and ARENA (extreme right wing) political parties is halting the approval of a budget which is need to begin with the third phase of his plan to tackle the violence, in particular from gangs, named Plan Control Territorial (Territorial control plan), the funds would be used to buy police vehicles, uniforms, surveillance equipment and a helicopter, among other things. Presiden Bukele is trying to force the politicians to approve it and has called for the insurrection or rise of the peoples to put pressure on them and thousands showed up at the building of the Legislative Assembly to rally in support for the president. Bukele’s political opponents feel threatened and many Salvadorans accuse Nayib Bukele of wanting top run an authoritarian government.

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El Salvador
San Salvador
By Juan Carlos
08 Feb 2020

Central America - El Salvador, capital city San Salvador: Soldiers on guard inside the Asamblea Legislativa (Legislative Assembly or Congress) chamber during a special assembly session ordered by the president.

The Salvadoran assembly representatives from the opposition specially from the FMLN (left wing) and ARENA (extreme right wing) political parties is halting the approval of a budget which is need to begin with the third phase of his plan to tackle the violence, in particular from gangs, named Plan Control Territorial (Territorial control plan), the funds would be used to buy police vehicles, uniforms, surveillance equipment and a helicopter, among other things. Presiden Bukele is trying to force the politicians to approve it and has called for the insurrection or rise of the peoples to put pressure on them and thousands showed up at the building of the Legislative Assembly to rally in support for the president. Bukele’s political opponents feel threatened and many Salvadorans accuse Nayib Bukele of wanting top run an authoritarian government.

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San Salvador
By Juan Carlos
08 Feb 2020

Central America - El Salvador, capital city San Salvador: A soldier on guard inside the Asamblea Legislativa (Legislative Assembly or Congress) chamber during a special assembly session ordered by the president.

The Salvadoran assembly representatives from the opposition specially from the FMLN (left wing) and ARENA (extreme right wing) political parties is halting the approval of a budget which is need to begin with the third phase of his plan to tackle the violence, in particular from gangs, named Plan Control Territorial (Territorial control plan), the funds would be used to buy police vehicles, uniforms, surveillance equipment and a helicopter, among other things. Presiden Bukele is trying to force the politicians to approve it and has called for the insurrection or rise of the peoples to put pressure on them and thousands showed up at the building of the Legislative Assembly to rally in support for the president. Bukele’s political opponents feel threatened and many Salvadorans accuse Nayib Bukele of wanting top run an authoritarian government.

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Ecuador resumes normal life after ear...
Pedernales
By Cristina Muñoz
15 May 2016

One month after Pedernales 7.8 earthquake, in Ecuador's coast, almost 30,000 victims try to find normality for their lives.
Though the Ecuadorian government had implemented 19 official shelters, with the aid of ACNHUR, Red Cross and friendly countries, some have decided to stay on improvised camps.
These towns, mostly inhabited by humble fishermen, will take years to rebuilt, while they turn their hopes on God. On May 16th, moved by the Catholic tradition, requiem masses will take place all over the coastal cities to remember the 660 deaths and 40 missing people

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
13 May 2016

Despite the prison is self-managed, security and administrative management of the prison entrusted to the police. In the pyramid of the prison system, at the back of the interior minister and the director of the penitentiary department there is the colonel-in-chief, the only one who actually lives in the building and, in fact, represents the Bolivian government within the walls of San Pedro. Often they are interviewed by journalist and videomaker and, with same frequency, they are replaced by their superiors.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
10 May 2016

Section Pinos, which owes its name to a large tree in the middle of his small yard, holds two restaurants, two bars, a soccer field, a billiard room and a study room, now it used as a copy shop. The lack of accommodation available in the prison, because of overcrowding, led prisoners to set up makeshift shelters practically anywhere: attics, stairs and gaps have thus become housing for one or more people, sometimes entire families.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
10 May 2016

In each section are placed some pay phones equipped with metered and managed by one or more inmates, required to pay the good section of the revenues. The phone, controlled by the police prison, should be the only system of communication with the outside. In truth, most of the prisoners own a mobile phone with which it can continue to manage relationships with the outside and, if they did, their illicit activities, unaware of the police.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
05 May 2016

The monoblock of Palmar, although it is a collective dormitory, it is equipped with a TV and three electric hot-plates. Television, inside the prison, is a faithful mate of life for the majority of the prisoners and it continues to remain on even when no one looks.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
05 May 2016

Visits inside the prison are allowed for most days of the week and like everything inside the prison are by payment.Visitors are allowed to spend the entire day inside and through an additional payment, even to stay overnight.Who does not receive visits can always reach his loved ones through the inevitable phone, only prohibited on paper and for which refills are sold in many commercial activities managed by the prisoners.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
05 May 2016

The roofs of the prison, which are accessed by some cells of the last floor moving a sheet resting on the beams, are used for a variety of activities:drying foods,sunbathing,smoking outdoors and drying clothes . Of this late activity are occupied the mostly of poorest prisoners who, after washing clothes, bedding and mattresses for other companions; they venture on to the rickety sheet metal roofing at about 10 meters above the ground, seriously endangering their lives, to earn only a few pesos.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
04 May 2016

Within a niche carved into the wall and protected by a wooden structure, a television with a powerful sound system it offers a little ‘entertainment to the prisoners, in the yard of Palmar section. Often some viewers are not part of the section but, despite being prohibited, there is a tacit tolerance and shared.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
29 Apr 2016

Marco, a young twenty year old with a long interval between the recovery community and juvenile prison dreams, as a free man, a future in hip hop music. habitual consumer of alcohol and drugs of all kinds, he wrote his lyrics mostly in prison, where he finds every day a lot of ideas, including the conditions of the detainees and their adventures before his arrest. It is more inspired by Latin American artists and Cypress Hill.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
25 Apr 2016

Among the many commercial and craft activities there is a dressmaker’s workroom manage by 3 three prisoners, which shall make garments both for the prisoners themselves than for external institutions and associations. Genaro, the head of the workshop, he learned to be a tailor in prison and dreams, as a free man, to open his own workshop. In his past, for years, he had always dealt with the cocaine refining process in the Bolivian jungle and he had never done work legally paid.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
21 Apr 2016

In addition to the shelters and individual cells, there are also common dormitories, arranged to accommodate a larger number of prisoners, because the rent of a single cell is quite expensive and many can not afford it.To convict it is given a bed, a personal locker and the possibility to use the common warming. So, without any rehabilitative logic, prisoners in preventive detention, young thieves and small-time dealers must live side by side with murderers, rapists and drug traffickers.