Art by Favianna Rodriguez
Thomas Quirynen and Marijke Deleu are volunteers of CATAPA, a Flemish organisation supporting local communities affected by mining in Peru, Bolivia and Guatemala.
Marijke and Thomas were working in Jaen a city nearby Bagua, when they got a call from one of the protesters, requesting their help. They rushed to the Curva del Diablo road and took these photographs that have been seeing around the world.
In this interview over the phone- recorded today Tuesday June 16, 2009- Marijke Deleu talks about her experience witnessing the attacks:
Images can be so powerful. Perhaps that is why blogging is such a fascinating task. By using internet media we all can create awareness of what happens around us: instantly, directly, undeniably truthful.
Art for justiceAn interesting and refreshing detail to mention: these photos inspired so many people in the world to take actions of solidarity with our Indigenous peoples - I got them in my email inbox almost everyday from different countries- and artist Favianna Rodriguez (American of Peruvian heritage) decided to design the poster you see here and some others. Please check them out and thank her!
In their own words: Read more about CATAPA and the story behind these photos, told by Marijke and Thomas.