1990 Photo Contest, Daily Life, 1st prize

Miguel Fairbanks

01 January, 1989

Train surfing in Rio de Janeiro: 'McDonald', or Joabe Pereira da Silva (16), who claims he 'accidentally' shot himself in the leg while conducting 'business', convalesces in the small room he shares with his mother and brother in the dangerous Baiada Fluminense slum. A friend stole his gun while he lay bleeding. Lacking proper medical care and money, the wound rapidly became infected. McDonald is one of a group of 'surfistas' who practice train surfing, which cost 144 youths their lives in one year.

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Miguel Fairbanks

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