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The son of political active catechist Juan Vazquez Gomez, Juan Vazquez Luna watched as his entire family was lost in the slaughter in the village of Acteal—a 1997 massacre which lay at the heart of the low-intensity Zapatista conflict. To this day, Vazquez Luna is angered that many who committed the massacre walk freely in a neighboring village, and that violence of the same strain—though not nearly as bloody—continues to play itself out throughout Chiapas. Image by Jared Olson. Mexico, 2018.

The son of political active catechist Juan Vazquez Gomez, Juan Vazquez Luna watched as his entire family was lost in the slaughter in the village of Acteal—a 1997 massacre which lay at the heart of the low-intensity Zapatista conflict. To this day, Vazquez Luna is angered that many who committed the massacre walk freely in a neighboring village, and that violence of the same strain—though not nearly as bloody—continues to play itself out throughout Chiapas. Image by Jared Olson. Mexico, 2018.