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Reference : V-P-BR-E-00346
Date : 2016
Country/Region : BRAZIL
Caption : Rio de Janeiro. Personal belongings of David, husband of Maria Augusta (98), and a letter to his son. David disappeared along with a friend in March 1974. Maria Augusta hopes for more than four decades some information about her husband. Since the disappearance, his family has been searching to find out about David whereabouts.
Photographer : CRUPPE, Marizilda
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : Like Maria Augusta, the two daughters and the granddaughter of the missing husband also await the outcome of this story. Cecilia, the granddaughter, believes in the importance of continuing to gather information about her grandfather. According to her, the family only came to accept his death after the Brazilian Amnesty Bill of 1979, when, contrary to expectations, he did not return home. "I grew up with this, I even told my story in a book, but today, the one who keeps looking for him most is my mother," she says.

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