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Reference : V-P-BR-E-00343
Date : 2016
Country/Region : BRAZIL
Caption : Curitiba. Photos and gifts from Paulo Stuart to his son João Paulo. Paulo Stuart has been missing since September 1973.
Photographer : CRUPPE, Marizilda
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : Paulo Stuart spent much of his children's childhood in hiding. Even so, as much as possible, he kept in touch with the family and sent presents, such as a small carved elephant, maracas and other personal objects, which João Paulo still holds today.

"We had very brief meetings with him, always furtive, secretive, and sometimes he could not reach the meeting points. Therefore, I keep three or four memories of him, all under stressful conditions. Then comes the disappearance, in September of 73, inside a train, at a São Paulo urban subway line. The separation is already hard, clandestinity is very difficult, but the disappearance is even worse", says João Paulo.

ICRC website, 08.05.2017, News release, excerpt: “The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will launch an exhibition, A falta que você faz (The void you left), by photographer Marizilda Cruppe at the National Museum of the Republic, in Brasilia. The exhibition will focus on the lives of disappeared persons' family members.

At the invitation of the ICRC, Marizilda visited the relatives of missing persons in Curitiba, Maceió, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo from August 2016 to March 2017. She heard stories from parents, children, grandparents, uncles and aunts of people who, for some reason or no reason at all, simply vanished without leaving a farewell note or any trace. When Marizilda walked into their homes – which are usually emotionally charged environments that bear a strong connection with the missing person – she approached these people to gain an in-depth understanding of the impact of the disappearances on those who had been waiting for some word.”

This image is part of the exhibition.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 8688x5792
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour