Project Detail: Sicarios, When you look at the silence of the light


LuganoPhotoDays 2017




Javier Arcenillas



Project Info

Sicarios, When you look at the silence of the light

A Violence History in Central America

One of the most demanded and respected professions in Latin America is that of the hit men. Although their income is variable, the karate in Guatemala, Salvador, Honduras and Mexico is recruiting countless young people, including minors, who are seduced by the ease of earning money that offers them respect and fear. In its process of killer formation the young people from the most consumed strata of society start killing dogs and pets to release all their nerves.In the professionalization of the subject to "graduate" the hit men at school in the most complex and destitute areas of the Latin capitals, they must assassinate a person on condition that the situation involves risk. An example of satire in the Sicariato is demonstrated in another of his tests. Once he has killed his target the murderer has to attend the burial of the victim to verify that no one watched him commit the crime. Fulfilled with that the subject becomes a professional hit man.At present, in the areas most affected these young unscrupulous killers earn that respect by intimidating bus drivers and small business where their language of death is heard from any block of the largest cities.While the most experienced assassins, they sell their time and professionalism to the most famous groups of Colombian or Mexican drug traffickers in a permanent open war for the control of the borders for their drug trafficking or illegal immigration.In the year 2015 there have been about 25,000 murders in the hands of assassins in Latin America. Account Adjustments, Drug Trafficking, Immigration or Drugs are the companies where specialized terror services offer their guns, nerves and lives, since the average age of a young hitman in the lowlands usually does not exceed 27 years.
Central America
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Human Development Report for Central America 2009-2010 states that some 79,000 people have been killed in the Central American region in the last 6 years. "Despite notable differences across countries, the average homicide rate for 2008 was 33 murders per 100,000, three times the world average." Factors favoring high crime rates include the situation of social marginalization of young people, disorderly urbanization, unemployment, poverty, social inequality, alcohol and drugs, arms carrying and the social legitimacy of violence .