A large encampment with 2,800 families was formed on the lands of the Cuiabá
plantation in the Xingó sertão along the São Francisco
river. The people lived here for several months, enduring hardship in the hope
of the latifundio-expropriation decree that was finally adopted on
6 May 1996. This is a demonstration by the peasants in commemoration of that
victory, which in reality is a simple act of justice. Sergipe, 1996.
Salgado, Sebastião. Terra: Struggle of the Landless. Preface
by José Saramago. Verses by Chico Buarque. Translated by Clifford Landers.
London: Phaidon Press, 1998: 132-33 (photo), 143 (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 email@example.com