Inundación - Jonah Markowitz
29 images Created 28 Aug 2012
The rainy season of 2012 in the Peruvian Amazon brought the Amazon River to unprecedented heights. None suffered from this natural disaster more than the community of Belen, in Iquitos, Peru. Already home to the poorest of Iquitos, Belen is a district of families that have rights to no real estate on land. The therefore build further and further out into the open waters of the Amazon River. As the water level rose this year, contaminated water invaded their homes indiscriminately. Families were forced to pry up their floorboards and continually move them closer and closer to the ceiling. Before they knew it families were left with little to no livable space, forced to occupy the attics of their A-frame houses. Their struggle to survive is unmistakable, however it the strength and resilience shown by the people of Belen that is truly remarkable. This is their story.