WILL THE KILLINGS NEVER CEASE?
This symbolic graveyard was an installation mounted by the kids of the Hummingbird F.C. in connection with our Social Communication Programme, URBAN OUTCRIES
Each cross and each gravestone represents an unreasonable reason for dying.
The theme for this edition of the Urban Outcries programme on social communication was Small Firearms and their consequences on society.
The children and young people attended by CARF’s Street Migration Prevention Programme are just too familiar with the consequences of small firearms in their own communities, most of them having already lost members of their own families. They know only too well, all the ridiculous reasons by which their loved ones fell victims to small firearms.
In any of those cases, could the tragic consequence be justified by the reason? We doubt very much so!
To emphasize the facts surrounding this simple but effective installation and to add to the dreadful statistics, on the very evening of the Urban Outcries programme; 5..., yes, five kids between the age of 14 and 18 were shot dead by the police only 3kms from us!
14-year old Thiago was the older brother of Jonathan, one of our capoeira kids, the son of one of our mothers.
Just another mourning mother to add to the long list of mothers who have already lost their loved ones. A scene from the theatrical performance done by mothers of children attended by the Hummingbird Project – Photo by Tatiana Cardeal
Thiago ran for his life together with several other colleagues when the police suddenly invaded their favela in search of a particular drug trafficker. Their hiding under a bed in one of the shacks did not protect them; neither did the gun that one of the kids had on him. The police shot them all dead during their frantic human hunt without even knowing why, simply five more unreasonable reasons to add to our symbolic cemetery.
Below are just some of the phrases left on the gravestones by our kids. You can read more unreasonable reasons for dying on the other images in the Urban Outcries series on our Flickr FotoBlog
(Eu acho que ela foi criada para manter a paz.)
“I thought it was made to maintain peace.”
(É minha! Você pode usar.)
“It’s mine! But you can use it.”
(Olha o que o papai esqueceu ali!)
“Look what daddy forgot there!”
(Sempre a carrego comigo!)
“I always carry it on me!”
(Não quero nem saber, não é meu filho!)
“I don’t want to know, he’s not my son!”
(Agora eu tenho respeito!)
“Now I have respect!”
(Comprei uma arma, agora me sinto seguro.)
“I bought a gun, so now I’m safe.”
(Agora quero ver quem mexe comigo.)
“I’d like to see who’d mess with me now.”
(Eu vou me defender!)
“I’ll defend myself!”
(Não penso assim, acredito que elas possam nos ajudar!)
“I don’t think so; I believe they can help us!”
(Quero ver quem leva uma comigo!)
“Who’ll be first for the taking!”