French photographer, Jerome Sessini, recently received the F Award, the International Award for Concerned Photography, for his series, So far from God, too close to America. The F award is a creation of Fondazione Forma per la Fotografia , created by Contrasto, based in Milan and Fabrica, the Benetton Group’s Research Centre on Communication, based in Treviso .
The war declared to drug lords by Mexican president Felipe Calderon two years ago, caused an unprecedented outburst of violence in the whole country. Under pressure for their lucrative routes, the traffickers are fighting both among themselves, and against Mexican Federal forces. Nationwide, the number of killings attributed to organized crime doubled in 2008 to more than 6,000, and no city has been harder hit than Ciudad Juarez.
The Tijuana Municipal Police station at friday night
Gang's members funeral.
At San Rafael Juarez cemetery, bodies are now being exhumed.
San Rafael cemetery in Ciudad Juarez.
A fight between gangs at the state prison of Ciudad Juarez left at least 20 prisoners dead and seven other injured. Outside the prison, families of detainees await news of their relatives.
At Friday night, army and police patrol in downtown Juarez and make irruption in bars and night clubs.
Crime scene in Ciudad Juarez
Anna 22 years old gets ready for a shoot of heroin in her jugular vein.
A soldiers burns Marijuana in a plantations near Culiacan.
A man shot dead in Tijuana by a group of gunmen.
Police from Tijuana arrest a suspect of murder.
Soldiers moved into Ciudad Juarez to try and regain control of a city in which more than 2,000 people have been murdered over the past year.