Teun Vouten February 9, 2015Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Honduras.
Easter Week, Comayagua, Honduras 2008
Teun Voeten (b.1966, Netherlands) studied Cultural Anthropology and Philosophy. He has covered conflicts in Bosnia, Colombia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Gaza, Honduras, DR Congo, Mexico, Libya and Syria. His work has been published in Vanity Fair, Newsweek, The New Yorker and National Geographic. He also works for the UNHCR, Doctors without Borders and Human Rights Watch. In 1996, he published Tunnel People, an anthropological journalistic account of living for five months in an underground homeless community in New York. How de Body? Hope and Horror in Sierra Leone, was published in 2000. Teun has also contributed to the documentary Restrepo’. He is working on a PhD dissertation on extreme violence in warfare.
About the Photograph:
“After covering murder and mayhem for more then a week in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Honduras, I read in my tourist guide about the special Easter Parade in the picturesque town of Comayagua. The town is right between the San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa, the two epicenters of violence, but Comayagua is beautifully restored to its colonial splendor and is even a Unesco Heritage Site. For months, the Comayaguan’s prepare the Easter Week celebrations which culminate on Good Friday. All through the night before, people work non-stop to make incredibly beautiful carpets out of sawdust. These months of hard labor will be trampled the next morning when the Easter Procession parades through town. The most touching part is the children that play out the 14 Stations of the Cross. Dead serious, as if their lives depended on it.”