One of the many disabled homeless people on the streets of Buenos Aires.
There are few services for the homeless and disabled. Some of the disabled beggars are veterans of the Falklands War, a generation of young men forgotten and discarded by their own government. Many of these men were in their late teens and very early twenties when they were sent to 'liberate' Las Malvinas.
Most of them were conscripted from the nothern provinces of Argentina where the population is largely indigenous or mixed race. Few educated 'whites' were sent to the Falklands in 1982. That war is still a scandal for the general population even though their current government insists on claiming the territory whilst at the same time they are reducing the size of 'Native American Reservations' or simply confiscating the land from the idigenous population of Argentina.
Again, I hesitated in both taking this picture and also uploading it to this website - feeling that in some way we photographers can make use of misery for photgraphic gain. However, I hope this picture communicates an important story in the hope that his voice is heard through this picture and his story is told, it will somehow relieve the only thing he appears to have left - his soul.
Irrespective of which nation is considered the agressor, and which government is considered to be in the right, on both sides of a battle there is the human story - often the stories of young men who lack any real choices, often education and are later forgotten. When injured on the battlefiled these young men are often heard crying out for their mothers. To whom do they call when they are in their forties and fifties and their mother is no more? Their calls often unheard, their call often being an embarassment to the leaders who sent them out with the rhetoric of becoming hero.
Only my soul - that is all that is left when all else has been taken. But perhaps he has forgotten that he is human.
The map indicates the excat location, just about three blocks from my apartment in Buenos Aires.
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