Overcome by violence: A country bleeding to death

Image by Marco Vernaschi. Guinea Baissau, 2009.

Story written by Peter Burghardt

Updated Feb.11, 2011

From the introduction on the Süddeutsche Zeitung site (translated from German):

"Originally, the Italian photographer Marco Vernaschi wanted to do a photo story on drug dealers in Guinea-Bissau, Africa. But he ended up in a gruesome war between the military and the government. First, the highest ranking army general was murdered. Then Vernaschi drove to the house of the president who had just been killed by soldiers. A photo essay from the heart of hell."

Editor's note: To view the slideshow and text as it now appears on the Süddeutsche Zeitung website, click here. The story was originally published in Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazine on May 23, 2009. A new version, which corrects errors in the captions for the online slideshow, originally taken from the text, was posted Feb. 11, 2011.