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Nadege Mazars

Pictures and publication on Libération about the story of Teodora, sentenced to 30 years in jail after a miscarriage, the perseverance of Ceci, her sister, to denounce the injustice, and the fight of Agrupación Cuidadana por la Depenalización del Aborto en El Salvador.
Criminalization of abortion in el Salvador is so total and blind that a woman can be convicted for a homicide after a miscarriage.
Strong story by Anne Proenza
Thanks to Frédérique Rondet to edit it for Libération.
Thanks to Jean Stern and his support for the achievement of this reportage on the field with Chronique d'Amnesty International.
And again, thanks to IWMF for its support on the first step of the reportage.

Featured on Women Photograph: Best Photos of 2017

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Really honored to be part of the selection of end of year curated by Mallory Benedict for Women Photograph.

The picture is from my new project in El Salvador, about former gang members.

Jose Rolando, a former gang member, shows his tattoos being erased. He followed 34 laser sessions to remove the signs of this former belonging to the 18 gang in El Salvador. 

Jose Rolando, a former gang member, shows his tattoos being erased. He followed 34 laser sessions to remove the signs of this former belonging to the 18 gang in El Salvador. 

RISC Training in Medellín

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Between 5-8 December 2017, I followed the RISC Training with 23 others journalists. First time RISC organized a training in Latin America. Fantastic teaching, thanks also to Wilderness Medical Associates International. I'm now graduate to a Battlefield Medical Response… hope to never have to put it into practice, but ready to do it.
I can only advise to any journalist to do this training. DO IT!

Chronique d'Amnesty International about Abortion in El Salvador

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In El Salvador, there are women going to jail after having a miscarriage, charged for homicide and convicted for 30 years. 
The abortion penalization is absolute and there are total confusion and suspicion that most of the time turned against women with humble origins. Women can't have abortion including when pregnancy is a real danger for their life, including when the pregnancy is a consequence of a rape, including when the girl is only 12…
Teodora is one of these women. She called the emergency when she felt she was about to give birth… They didn't arrived on time, she fainted, didn't realized she lost her baby, and when the medical service came to her, it was to report to the police. In December, her sentence, 30 years imprisonment, was confirmed…

Please have a look to the special feature of Chronique d'Amnesty International, November 2017, with my pictures in El Salvador and a sensitive text by Anne Proenza.

The IWMF supported the first steps of this reportage as part of its Adelante Latin America Reporting Initiative.

El Salvador

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I will be there from September 24 to Octuber 17.
Same number + 509 70 46 05 94
Colombian number for the whatsapp: +57 313 509 77 92


Colors of Peace

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Between 20 and 27 June  27, 2017, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) end to hand over their weapons after a 53 years old internal war.
This portrait series presents guerrilleros from the transitional zone of La Carmelita, Putumayo, Colombia. It has been shoot at the beginning of June 2017, while they began to hand over the weapons
Relearning how to have a sedentary life, the guerrilleros built their own home and start their transition to civil life, learning the use of new tools. For years, they lived on camps blending into the green jungle. The security compels them to use the monotone colors of camouflage. Now, free again to find their singularity, they are decorating their home according to a vibrant color palette and are posing in front of the walls recently painted of the buildings where they will begin their new life.

Cover - Chronique d'Amnesty International May 2017

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A special issue about Colombia and the enforced disappearances with Anne Proenza. Ten pages more the cover.
Anne gives us an investigation about the complex way to find the missing people for their families. We were in Medellín, where the paramilitary groups had spread a policy of terror in districts like Comuna 13.
If the Colombian Center for Historical Memory talks about 60,630 documented cases of disappeared in the country between 1970 and 2015, the amount could be much more impressive, according to distinct sources. In a Colombia searching the way to peace, establish the truth about missing people is a requirement which however will need a lot of time.

Cover - Internazionale - May 19th

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Colombia on the new issue of Inteernazionale, the Jon Lee Anderson's piece from The New Yorker.
- May 10, 2015, South Caquetá department. Federico Montes, a FARC commander, is on his way to the camp through part of the rainforest recently burnt by peasants to clear space for a pastureland.
- December 2016, Yari Llanos. Portrait of Carlos Antonio Lozada, high FARC commander and negotiator for the guerrilla in La Habana the last 4 years.

Christian Science Monitor about La Cachada Teatro - El Salvador

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The kind of collaboration I'm really proud to humbly be part. Thank you Catarina Fernandes Martins to tell the story of the women from La Cachada Teatro!

And thanks to the International Woman's Media Foundation to give us the chance to meet and make this cooperation possible!

The New Yorker Photo Booth: From the Shadows to the light…

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… my portrait series about the FARC fighters on The New Yorker Photo Booth !

Please meet hem here:

Nom de guerre, Daniela Restrepo, 19, 49th Front. "I' was at school when the paramilitary group came. We had to escape from the house. They killed my father. I went to the guerrilla. I didn't see my mother since 6 years. I want to study nursing.”

Nom de guerre, Daniela Restrepo, 19, 49th Front. "I' was at school when the paramilitary group came. We had to escape from the house. They killed my father. I went to the guerrilla. I didn't see my mother since 6 years. I want to study nursing.”

Artesanal Mining in El Salvador on Public Radio International

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In March, El Salvador banned the mineral mining, to protect the water ressource in this little country that also has the higher population density in Central America. 
But with this law, the future of the artisanal miners is now uncertain.
An article by my talented colleague Deepa Fernandes, and the pictures by me.

The reportage was made at the time of the Adelante program fellowship. Thanks to the International Women's Media Foundation!!

The Lempa river in El Salvador

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The Lempa river is the most important river in El Salvador. A recent study showed that the Lempa is less and less fit for human consumption, for its high level of bacteriums. Added to this threat there are the ramifications of drought. In 2016, the country stated for the first time an hydraulic emergency. Besides the climate change, the current pollution, the mining and other industrial activities from El Salvador and neighbouring countries (Guatemala, Honduras) are pointed. 

On March, the Salvadorian parliament voted a ley banning the mineral mining to preserve the water in this little country.

El Salvador - Adelante Program with the International Women's Media Foundation

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Between March 26 and April 12, I was following the Adelante program of the IWMF. After some days in Mexico to receive a Hostile Environments & Emergency First Aid Training (HEFAT), I was in El Salvador to begin some new stories, at the same time of 6 other female journalists as part of the fellowship. A lot of meetings… A first trip to feel the country and go back in few times. 

A Sunday morning at the time of the mass and near the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Holy Savior, a woman is selling some poster of the Christ and Monsignor Romero, archbishop of San Salvador taht was killed by the military and the beginning of the 1980. He still stays a popular and loved figure of the contemporary Salvador.

A last journey for the FARC

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On December 08-12th, 2016, I followed one of the first FARC guerrilla group who moved to a transitional zone, the place where they begin now the laying-down of weapons and their political reconversion to the civil life.
The series is part of the project The Other Colombia

Please vist the Hans Lucas page where, after registering, the portfolio can be downloaded for editorial project: