The Other War
PHOTOGRAPHS AND TEXTS
PHOTOGRAPHS AND TEXTS
The other war, is an undeclared war, which kills as many people today, as during the armed conflict of the 1980s, in Guatemala. This country of 14 million people has become one of the most dangerous in the world, with an average of 18 murders per day, 98% of which are not followed up.
The inner city youth join the maras, ultra-violent gangs which terrorize the population. Widespread corruption, drug trafficking, human trafficking, arms trafficking, alcoholism, incest… many scourges due to poverty, unemployment and families destroyed by war and immigration.
For over ten years, photographer Miquel Dewever-Plana has documented that this is a reality which could become ours one day. With certainty, it is the lack of education, weak social structures and impunity that are the root of the violence. His photographic work, which cannot be ignored, echoes reports of all the protagonists of this "other war".
Preface by Jean-Francois Leroy, Director of the Festival of Photojournalism in Perpignan.
Appendix by Genevieve Garrigos, president of Amnesty International France.
Miquel Dewever-Plana accompanies his photographic evidence, which he has collected since 2007 in Guatemala.
Alma joined a mara when she was very young - one of the gangs which ravage Guatemala City daily. In the slum streets of her childhood, she married into the strongest clan, driven by a force that whispered that it was better to inflict violence than suffer it. Alma has killed, participated in rape and extortion, has experienced beatings and prison, became a woman in the middle of a group of heavily armed young warriors, and tattooed her body with indelible marks, to erase her femininity. When she wanted to leave the gang, her companions tried to assassinate her.
Alma was born out of the photographic work of Miquel Dewever-Plana, about the violence in Guatemala. Echoing his images, Isabelle Fougère suggests, in a polyphonic voice, the story of Alma and the major witnesses of her life. Her account combines realism and fiction to emphasize the universality of the fate of a young woman faced with the extreme brutality of a decaying world.