In a slightly different tone from the articles generally published on this site, today we invite you to discover the comic report hard and realistic to Patrick Chappatte, press cartoonist who works in particular with the Swiss review "Le Temps": The other war, in Guatemala city.
With a realism that is cold in the back, the author takes us through the streets of the capital of my country where, as he says, urban violence doesn't say its real name, it's a war ”. Through his meeting with a repentant gang member, he learns the value of a life: a menu at "Pollo campero"! I remember these streets, I had crossed them one early morning when I went to visit the headquarters of ATD Fourth World Guatemala for the project of making objects from recycled materials by the women of these sectors. At the time, I was told: " it's safe, it's early, and gang members are still sleeping »…
In the rest of this meeting, he takes us to social retraining programs (and all their political and financial instability…) then in an edifying visit to the “self-managed” prison in Pavón where we discover that very often, some n have no qualms ... even French people so quick to give lessons to the whole world in matters of human rights!
The report also testifies to the permanent fear of the inhabitants of these districts of Guatemala city, lived as closely as possible by the author in his hotel, by these events which one lives, unfortunately, only in my country and our region, as I experienced one myself at Esquipulas during one of my shopping trips. Finally, it concludes on a beautiful note of hope, tempered by the lack of interest in my country and its situation of the major humanitarian actors. As the author says in the introduction, “ Central America is a black hole ".
Thanks to Patrick Chappatte for this poignant testimony!