"Last year I was in Oaxaca, Mexico for Dia de Los Muertos. It is a days long celebration steeped in tradition, pageantry, and family gatherings, with costumers and brass bands parading through the streets, and city dwellers and villagers alike preparing elaborate altars to their departed loved ones. I was fascinated by the children and their highly detailed makeup and costumes. Some, however, don't have the means for more than face paint and a plastic pumpkin and wait patiently all day for a donation from passersby along the busy streets surrounding the zocalo. These two young girls caught my eye with their earnest glances and decorative hats. I found it an interesting juxtaposition of youth and innocence, tinged with a hint of uncertainty and tension, against the backdrop of the social statement made by the wall mural which references the 43 students of Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College that went missing in a mass kidnapping and disappearance in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico in September 2014.”
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