2010 Photo Contest, General News, 1st prize

Marco Vernaschi

for Pulitzer Center

03 February, 2009

Youths smoke crack in Reno, the poorest neighborhood of Guinea-Bissau's capital city. Crack was unknown in the country before international drug traffickers arrived. Guinea-Bissau has become a hub for cocaine trafficking as South American drug cartels seek new smuggling routes to Europe. With over 100 islands off its coast and a navy with no working boats, Guinea-Bissau offers a haven for drop-offs, storage and movement of cocaine.

About the photographer

Marco Vernaschi

Marco Vernaschi is an Italian author best known for his thought-provoking visuals and inspirational campaigns. He developed a variety of photography-based projects ranging from d...

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