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HERITAGE

Leandro Martins | PERNAMBUCO, Brazil

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Mass migration, hunger, thirst and misery are all associated with the drought in the Northeast region of Brazil. There are reports of long droughts by Portuguese settlers in the region since the 16th century. Even today, the human drama and economic damage of drought is still a prominent subject on the cover of the world's leading newspapers.
HERITAGE is the result of Leandro Martins' work on the drought that struck the northeastern semiarid from 2012 to 2013, and it was considered the worst in the last 50 years. It is an attempt to answer the question he asked himself before he started his journey: when will this stop?
It is the denunciation of a crime committed over the years against unprotected people dying of thirst and hunger in the face of politicians and businessmen who are enriched by the products of this devastation. 
Rulers deal with the issue using it as an electoral platform, promising solutions that cost billions, and this money feeds what has become known as the "drought industry."

Even today, five centuries later, the human drama and economic damage of drought is still a prominent subject on the cover of the world's leading newspapers.
This is the result of work on the drought that struck the northeastern semiarid from 2012 to 2013, and it was considered the worst in the last 50 years. It is an attempt to answer the question I've asked myself before he started his journey: when will this stop?
These photographs are an attempt to create awareness and maybe, perhaps, help find some way out.
In that period alone the death of 4 million animals was reported and estimated losses of approximately R$20 billion. If we expand the time frame, in the last 150 years about 3 million people died in the Northeast of Brazil due to drought and neglect.
The powerful people in the region, which are directly or indirectly part of governments, use the drought situation for benefits such as more credit or debt annulation. The funds are sent by the federal government for the execution of works by the state governments and then the money disappears. 
This is the inheritance of the people of northeastern Brazil and also of the children, nephews and sponsors of those who exploit the drought for their own benefit and perpetuate a historical tragedy.

leandromartins@martinsleandro.com

+315 915 183 696

Mass migration, hunger, thirst and misery are all associated with the drought in the Northeast region of Brazil. There are reports of long droughts by Portuguese settlers in the region since the 16th century. Even today, five centuries later, the human drama and economic damage of drought is still a prominent subject on the cover of the world's leading newspapers.
HERANÇA (HERITAGE) is the result of Leandro Martins' work on the drought that struck the northeastern semiarid from 2012 to 2013, and it was considered the worst in the last 50 years. It is an attempt to answer the question he asked himself before he started his journey: when will this stop? Eyes, heart and, above all, passion were necessary to seek such an answer on the border lines between the Pernambuco and Paraíba sertão.
It is the denunciation of a crime committed over the years against unprotected people dying of thirst and hunger in the face of politicians and businessmen who are enriched by the products of this devastation. These photographs are an attempt to create awareness and maybe, perhaps, help find some way out.
In that period alone the death of 4 million animals was reported and estimated losses of approximately R$20 billion. If we expand the time frame, in the last 150 years about 3 million people died in the Northeast of Brazil due to drought and neglect.
Rulers deal with the issue using it as an electoral platform, promising solutions that cost billions, and this money feeds what has become known as the "drought industry." The powerful people in the region, which are directly or indirectly part of governments, use the drought situation for benefits such as more credit or debt annulation. The funds are sent by the federal government for the execution of works by the state governments and then the money disappears. 

This is the inheritance of the people of northeastern Brazil and also of the children, nephews and sponsors of those who exploit the drought for their own benefit and perpetuate a historical tragedy.

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