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Photo exhibition on water justice in Latin America opens

Photo exhibition on water justice in Latin America opens

Yanina Avila, 18, daughter of assassinated Tolupán indigenous leader José de Los Santos Sevilla, in the remote area of Montaña de la Flor in Honduras. ©Sean Hawkey/World Council of Churches

23 April 2018

To commemorate Earth Day, observed on 22 April, a photo exhibition portraying the need for water justice in Latin America will open on 23 April in the Ecumenical Center, in Geneva. The work of photographer Sean Hawkey, in collaboration with the World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Water Network, will be featured in the exhibition, entitled “The blood flows and the rivers run dry.”

Hawkey went to Latin America, one of the water-rich regions in the world, in search of the real story of water, as the region is also facing a dire challenge from the impact of climate change. Peasants and subsistence farming communities are facing prolonged drought, erratic rainfall and loss of crops, while sporadic severe floods cause soil erosion and other damage.

Rampant mining, both legal and illegal, is making life even more difficult for some communities. To silence critics and opposition, the “mining mafia” have disappeared several leaders of these communities. This tragic situation inspired the title of the exhibition.

The WCC has chosen Latin America as a focus region for 2018 for its Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace.

The exhibition runs through 2 May and is part of the commemorations on the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches.

More information about the exhibition

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