Eduardo Leal

Documentary Photographer
    
Victims & Heroes
Location: Ponta Delgada, Azores
Nationality: Portuguese
Biography: Eduardo Leal is a Portuguese documentary photographer based in Macau, China, that focus his work mostly in South East Asia. Previously he worked for several years in South America. He graduated in Journalism at Escola Superior de Jornalismo (ESJ)... read on
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Victims & Heroes
Credits: eduardo leal
Updated: 07/14/16
Location: Colombia

Colombia’s armed conflict, which started in the 1960’s, might be close to an end. After almost four years of negotiations between the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, commonly known as FARC, a ceasefire was signed on June 23rd, 2016 and final agreement reached on August 24th, 2016, but the peace process is still in the working since a majority of the voters didn't approve the current deal through referendum held 2nd October 2016.

During the conflict, more than 220,000 people have been killed and close to seven million have been displaced, generating the world’s second largest population of internally displaced. According to a Handicap International survey, 80% of the survivors of the armed struggle in Colombia have a disability.

Maritza, Fábio, Moises, Edwin, Jonathan, German, Joe and Oscar, are only eight of the victims of the conflict that suffer a form of disability, each one with their individual story, each with their own struggle from a traumatic experience that changed the rest of their lives. Through rehabilitation, they have been able to focus on sports to overcome whatever limitation they have and become successful athletes in their own right.

Five of them competed in the 2016 Paralympics games in Rio representing Colombia with three of them reaching the podium.  The others were not able to go to the games or get medals, but they are not less heroes for that; they all represent and are an inspiration for the many other victims of the conflict.

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Lockdown

By Eduardo Leal / Porto, portugal — “Lockdown” is a small series that focuses on my rearview window to the old town of Porto during..
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Hong Kong Protests

By Eduardo Leal / Hong Kong — Hong Kong was engulfed with months-long of protests due to an unpopular extradition bill to mainland China...
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Sangam

By Eduardo Leal / Prayagraj, India — India’s Kumbh Mela is considered the largest gathering of humanity on Earth. Just on the last Kumbh,..
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In the Ring

By Eduardo Leal / Chiang Mai, Thailand — About 15 years ago seeing women on a ring fighting Muay Thai in Thailand was almost unheard off, unless it..
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Plastic Sea

By Eduardo Leal / Capurganá, Colombia — Every year more than 448 million tons of plastic are produced worldwide, of these between 5.3 million to 14..
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Cholita's Rise

By Eduardo Leal / La Paz, Bolivia — As recently as 10 years ago, Bolivia’s indigenous Aymara and Quechua women were socially ostracized..
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St. Bartolomeu

By Eduardo Leal / São Bartolomeu do Mar, Portugal — Every year on 24 August, faith and tradition join thousands of people at the feast of St. Bartolomeu do..
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Afterquake

By Eduardo Leal / Ecuador — On the 16 th April 2016 at 18:58 local time, the earth became alive for 75 seconds in Ecuador. An..
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Revolution Chronicles

By Eduardo Leal / Venezuela — At the end of June 2011, I arrived in Caracas, the capital of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela with the..
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Ghost Town Democracy

By Eduardo Leal / La Paz, Bolivia — Countries like the United States and the UK are trying to integrate elections seamlessly into daily..
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Copa do Povo

By Eduardo Leal / São Paulo, Brazil — Even if football was born in England, Brazil is considered the spiritual home of the game. During a month,..
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Bolivian Ball

By Eduardo Leal / Potosi, Bolivia — Travis Dupree comes from Eastman, a small town in central Georgia. He played basketball at Voorhees College..
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Killer Bean

By Eduardo Leal / Argentina — The soybean will in a few years become one of the most important food commodities on earth. No other fruit..
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The Island

By Eduardo Leal / Lençois do Maranhão, Brazil — Surrounded by sand and lagoons in Lençois do Maranhão National Park, an area that stretches 155 thousand..
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Wrestling Cholitas

By Eduardo Leal / La Paz, Bolivia — Every Sunday afternoon on the city of El Alto, once merely suburb of the city of La Paz situated at 4,150..
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Forcados

By Eduardo Leal / Portugal — Portuguese forcados lie somewhere between the bull riders of the Americas and the bloodier bullfighters of..
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Plastic Trees

By Eduardo Leal / Uyuni, Bolivia — The world consumes 1 million every minute, it was considered by Guinness World Book of Records as..
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Bolivian Dreams

By Eduardo Leal / La Paz, Bolivia — Linked to the celebration of the harvest and the arrival of the rains in the La Paz region, the Alasitas..
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