Brazil has 17 of the 50 most violent cities in the world, according to the Mexican NGO Seguridad, Justicia y Paz. There are a large number of homicides for every 100,000 inhabitants, in cities such as Belém, Natal, Fortaleza, Aracaju and others. The northeast region of the country concentrates most of these homicides that are the consequence of an armed population added to the war of the criminal factions that dispute the internal and external markets of drug sales. The government public policies to deal with the subject are disastrous and overcrowd in 197.4% the prison system.

During the last year I have been documenting the violent reality of poor cities and neighborhoods in the northeast region to investigate the progress of organized crime and its impact on the local population. It is an ongoing project whose images represents the violence in Natal and Fortaleza.

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