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Reference : V-P-BR-E-00531
Date : 04/2019
Country/Region : BRAZIL
Caption : State of Ceará, outskirts of Fortaleza. Portrait of a woman whose eldest son has disappeared.
Photographer : CRUPPE, Marizilda
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, article 29.07.2019:
"The Void You Left 2019

Costa Family
On January 21, Girliany Costa's birthday and just two days before her son Francisco Douglas Barros turned 18, he left home to take a dip in a creek near his grandfather's house in Itaitinga, Ceará. He never returned. Girliany has been tirelessly searching for any news on her son since then. She has resorted to going on social media, where her statements have made thousands of people aware of what's going on. Douglas has two brothers and a sister. The family awaits his return. "It's a room just for him, with a bed and a fan. It's all there, with the same comforter and the same pillow. And I don't let anyone go in there," his mother states. "When I wake up, I try not to believe he's not here. This is really hard. It's heartbreaking. My heart is overwhelmed." – Girliany Costa, mother of Francisco Douglas Barros, who has gone missing.

"I miss my brother so much. And I don't know how long I can keep missing him. But hopefully it will end soon. That they will soon find my brother." – Rhian Costa, brother of Francisco Douglas Barros, who has gone missing.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) presents the exhibition "A falta que você faz" (The Void You Left) from August 30, 2019 to September 29, 2019 at the Dragão do Mar Center for Art and Culture in Fortaleza. With photos by Marizilda Cruppe and artistic direction by Rogério Costa, the immersive show depicts the difficulties and uncertainties faced by families of missing persons in their daily lives.

Experienced by thousands of families throughout the world, this situation arises from a number of severe conditions, such as urban violence, environmental disasters, armed conflicts, migration and other humanitarian crises.

From August 2016 to May 2019, Marizilda and the ICRC team visited homes in Curitiba, Fortaleza, Maceió, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo to portray the stories of parents, children, grandparents and uncles of people who disappeared – and whose fate and whereabouts are still unknown.

The assembled descriptions and testimonials for the exhibition were edited in video mapping by Rogério Costa specifically for the Ceará museum venue. Visitors to the exhibition can fully immerse themselves in the drama these families endure."
Original material : slide
Resolution : 3543x2362
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour