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- Catholic church in India - Work in progressWork about Catholic church in India for Co'Report, still in progress. http://www.co-report.org
- Among The Shadows - PHOTORAMASince its recent economic troubles, Spain has experienced one of its worst stages in history due to the cutbacks in the educational system, public healthcare, social services, retirement and unemployment benefits and so many more important subjects in society.
In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands, is one of the most tourist places in Europe. The Island receives the visit of thousands of tourists every year. Most of them spend their holiday times on delightful places on the volcanic island enjoying the nice weather and all comfort that luxurious hotels near the beach can offer.
There is a whole different side of the Island where a group of people fight everyday for a better situation. These people have seen everything crumbling around them. Their jobs. Their houses. Their life. One day they found themselves with no choices and decide to build a small shack in an isolated area of Santa Cruz, the capital of the Island. The number of homeless in the city, and in the whole country has suffered a substantial increase in the last couple of years. The reason as known is the economic situation.
In their small shacks they have neither electricity nor running water. Their ceilings are made of wood and plastic and the furniture consists of different pieces from their previous houses or from charitable collections. Many curtains cover the walls making the rooms warmer and more welcoming.
For some of them, each day has the same rhythm: they wake up in their shack early in the morning, have a bath in the municipal shelter and they go out trying to find a job somewhere. Some others help parking cars in different areas of the city-centre or sell some second-hand articles in a yard sale on weekends. All of them earn some money from drivers or from selling the items they get from collections or neighbours. They all assume it is even more difficult for them to find a job due to the prejudices society has about the homeless.
The situation is getting worse with the number of evictions in the country, which are more than 500 a day! Since unemployment is so high, only essential goods can be afforded by families, so the mortgage payment is delayed one month after the other. This leads to several evictions by the banks which keep the houses and, as it is known, in Spain, the evicted persons still keep the debt.
‘There’s no job. How could you get your head above? With no job, you can’t rear your head’, claims Eleuterio (Yeyo), who lives with his wife, Mar, in this austere area. Yeyo was born in Santa Cruz and worked for twenty one years to different companies in the Island. One day he decided to start his own business and set up an electronics shop. Things were worse than he expected and didn’t succeed. After one year the debt increased and he had to close his shop. He lost everything and still have a big unpaid debt.
For these people, who live in the other side of the coin of this ‘Fortunate Isles’, travel guides are quite far from their reality. The most devastating fact, as they say, is the certainty that the situation is going to be even worse than it is.
by SHEILA TORRES
En el año 2010, ante la escasez de recursos y de servicios sociales apropiados, un grupo de personas vio su existencia abocada a malvivir en pequeñas chabolas en una hosca zona apartada del centro de la ciudad de Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Apenas dos años más tarde, el número de personas sin hogar en esta y otras áreas de la capital chicharrera se ha multiplicado. Los despidos, los desahucios y la falta de opciones que han sufrido familias enteras en todo el país han acusado esta situación y han condenado a muchos a la exclusión social.
Estas personas viven en estrechos habitáculos sin luz ni agua corriente. Dicen haberlos construido para evitar una vida en el albergue municipal que consideran un lugar desapacible con una disciplina carcelaria donde no tienen libertad ni intimidad, aunque agradecen su servicio y hacen uso de él para el aseo personal.
Con techos de tablones y lonas plásticas, sus pequeñas chabolas están cuidadosamente adornadas. Algunos han traído muebles de sus anteriores viviendas o los han recibido de los vecinos. Unas largas cortinas de colores cubren sus paredes y hacen más acogedor el lugar.
Muchos salen cada mañana con la esperanza y el currículo bajo el brazo. ‘No hay trabajo. ¿Cómo levantas cabeza? Sin trabajo, no levantas cabeza’, afirma Eleuterio (Yeyo), residente de la zona. Asegura que su condición de sintecho genera inevitables prejuicios que les cierran aún más las puertas a la hora de conseguir un trabajo. Yeyo nació en Santa Cruz y trabajó durante 21 años para distintas empresas españolas. Un día decidió emprender su camino en los negocios y montó una tienda de electrónica. Las cosas fueron peor de lo que esperaba, los pagos se le echaron encima y tuvo que cerrar. Hoy en día conserva la deuda con el banco y no puede cobrar ayudas ni prestaciones hasta que no la salde. En esta coyuntura afirma que su familia ya le ha ayudado bastante y que no le quedan más opciones que su pequeña chabola, en la que vive con su mujer, Mar. Allí reciben alguna ayuda de vecinos solidarios y organizaciones que se acercan a echarles una mano y esperan algún día firmar un nuevo contrato de trabajo y así poder cambiar su situación.
Todos esperan encontrar una salida a pesar del rumbo que lleva el país. Mientras tanto, consiguen algo de dinero a partir de la venta de artículos de segunda mano o de ayudar a aparcar coches en distintas áreas de la ciudad. Las soluciones que les proponen desde el ayuntamiento son provisionales y, según dicen, se escuchan rumores que condenan al que ha sido su hogar durante meses a desaparecer.
Texto: SHEILA TORRES
The profession of their faith, pray five times daily, visiting Mecca, fasting in Ramadan and offer alms to the needy. These are, according to many Muslims, the only five rules to follow
The Islam in India is the second-largest religion. Around any of their mosques, steaming Hindu temples which history has imposed to live. Contrary to what one might suspect from a distance that put the Ural Mountains, in this country of cultural and religious mix, the Muslim is one more. Neither is locked or hidden, or departs.
They say that the unequal treatment received by women in Eastern countries, often attributed to the Muslim religion has its origin in pre-established customs of the doctrine itself
- Holy Week - Tenerife, Spain
Spain is historically a Catholic country, for this reason, the Holy Week is one of the most important dates in the calendar for all the believers.
With the conquest of the Canary Islands in 1500, religious orders began to supplant the indigenous beliefs and from that moment, the main celebrations started to commemorate the Catholic rite.Holy Week in La Laguna is the oldest of the Canary Islands and this is probably the place where people feel it more intensely.
- La Promesa de El Hierro
Texto: Sheila Torres
En el año 1741, los habitantes de la isla de El Hierro hicieron la promesa de llevar, una vez cada cuatro años, a su patrona, la Virgen de Los Reyes, desde su ermita en La Dehesa, en Sabinosa, hasta la iglesia de La Concepcion en Valverde.
Desde entonces se celebra en la isla el peregrinaje mas popular del archipielago canario, en el que los herreños de todos los pueblos, con sus trajes tipicos, acompañan a su patrona tocando y bailando y decenas de miles de seguidores de todo el mundo llegan a la Isla para recorrer con la imagen los 28 kilometros de camino.
- 25A Siege of Congress - Madrid
‘Rodea el Congreso’ or 25-S, was an action scheduled for September 25th, 2012 in the city of Madrid. The original idea of surrounding the congress started from the collective Plataforma ¡En Pie!On Thursday April 25th the Congress was surrounded again. The demonstration passed peacefully but eventually the square was cleared with a new police charge. The resignation of the government, the withdrawal of the State Budget of 2013 and the release of detainees in that week were requested on the march.
- 1 Nov - All Saints DayImages of the celebration of All Saints Day from a small cemetery in the north of Tenerife, in the Canary Islands.
- Wildfire in Tenerife - SpainThe summer of 2012 will be remembered as one of worst summers in Spain. 500.000 acres burned and more than 15.000 fires swept across the Iberian territory.
The Canary Islands were one of the worst-off communities due to their small size and rugged terrain. The July 15th started a forest fire on the island of Tenerife that would last for weeks, destroying everything in its path and giving a quite little chance of being extinct.
Fire crews and the Military Emergency Unit traveled to the site to try to head off what will be one of the worst fires in the history of the Canary Islands
- Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Santa Cruz de Tenerife carnival is known as one of the most famous in the world, actually it’s considered the second one, after the popular Rio de Janeiros one in Brazil.
The small island tinges it’s streets with colours in a party full of feathers, sequins and music letting us enjoy a lot of colourful images.
- 15M Movement
The coined 15M Movement was born on May, the 15th from a small group called ‘Democracia Real Ya’ who were demanding a real democracy in Spain. This group was hardly a couple of months when they convened thousands of people to go on a demonstration against the current political system.
A quite substantial amount of people decided to camp in squares of the main cities of the country to complain and fight for their rights on a peaceful way. That way their voices could be heard and their opinion could be taken into account.
In the camps they held meetings every night to discuss opinions and proposals of each of those presents.This movement will be a milestone for the Spanish history.
!Ali Ali Hae! ¡Ali Ali Hae! sounded while beating blades and skin
through the crowded streets. Today, 17th of December of 2010, it’s the 10th of ‘Moharram’ (first month of islamic calendar). Shia from different countries like Irak, Iran, Afganistan or India, beat strongly their bodies in a bloody dance where pain and faith are joined.
On the year 680, Hussein, the Prince of martyrs, who was Mahomas grandson, left La Meca for the city of Kufa, at Euphrates shore, to support his fathers faithful (Shiat Ali, the Shia), but the Omeyas troops (caliphs from Arabian Empire who had governed la Meca before the Islam) stopped him. Hussein had to camp in the desert with his 72 partners in Kerbala. He refused to surrender, even in spite of the different forces. They fought and became martyrs in the coined Kerbalas Battle, which was delivered on Ashura (10th of Moharram).
That is why MATAM in commemorated on Ashura. Matam means lament, sorrow.
- 'Chiquitín' working to become a Champion
This sentence defines Carlos Almenaras life (also called ‘Chiquitin’). This young ‘Kickboxer’ has already more than 10 titles, even World championships.
Carlos started his carreer in his teens. He achieved his first victory on a ring before 16 and started dreaming.
This sportsman carries deep in his heart the wise words of his idol and master, Moises Ruibal, who has been kick boxing World Champion. As he says: “…my master means everything to me”.
To become a champion in this sport you have to fight so hard through a stony and painful path. It requires a physical peak condition and mental strength.
On these photographic series, I follow him some days before the most important fight of his carreer.
I have to say thanks to Carlos and Moises for have opened the gates to someone who just wanted to tell this story.
- Red PotteryDharavi is located in the middle of Mumbay. It’s considered the largest shanty town of Asia.
Millions of people live there where the life conditions are usually are not easy.
Currently, many different trading ways have a place in the small ‘town’. Tanners, craftsmen, potters, textile traders… The pottery arrived at Dahravi from Saurashtra (northeastern region) and nowadays it has became one of the main activities.
They work so many hours a day. The heat from the ovens and the smoky atmosphere make the work there a really hard task.