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The poor workers of the land

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The poor workers of the land

Those working on the construction of a weir to store rainwater during the great drought of 1982-3 in the sertão of Ceará were poor people from the backlands who received as compensation just enough food to survive. Ceará 1982.

Salgado, Sebastião. Terra: Struggle of the Landless. Preface by José Saramago. Verses by Chico Buarque. Translated by Clifford Landers. London: Phaidon Press, 1998: 59 (photo), 139 (caption). Thanks to Sebastião Salgado for providing free use of his photographs and captions on this web site. For further information about the photographs and captions contact


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