2010 Photo Contest, General News, Stories, 1st prize
Photographer

Marco Vernaschi

for Pulitzer Center

26 February, 2009

A score between small drug dealers is settled. In the end, the captive was abandoned, but not killed. Guinea-Bissau, one of the poorest nations in the world, 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

His works are exhibited in major solo and group venues, including the 54th Venice Biennale, Noorderlicht Photofestival, Paris Photo and the MACRO, in Rome, among others. Vernasc...

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