Kosuke Okahara

One of the harshest neighborhood in Medellin called Barrio Popular.
Women living in one of the slum areas in Medellin sitting at the terace of their house.
Family members living in one of the slum areas in Medellin.
A gangster in Medellin's notirous neighborhood. He has scars of bullet and knives all over his body.
A gangster with 2 children stay inside his house as he lives near the border of rival gang groups.
A father of the victim, who was shot dead by gang members in Medellin stands in front of his son's corps.
A 30 years old hit-man started fighting as a leftist guerrilla fighter (FARC) when he was and became a hit-man after he left FARC.
A woman smoking marjunana in the house where peole are trading marijuana.
A mother of one of the gang members in Medellin. "I know there is no opportunity to have a decent life if you are born in this neighborhood."
A mother and a sister in law of one of the gang members of Medellin's slum are take care of her daughter who had hydrocephalus.
Pictures of 30 years old hit-man's children.
A girl from country side makes and sells the hand made accesories in one of the slum areas in Medellin.
A mother and her baby sit in front of the house in Medellin's Barrio Manrique, one of the difficult neighborhoods.
Mothers and children on the street of Barrio Manrique, one of the difficult neighborhoods.
A young boy and his older friend living in one of the slum areas in Medellin sing rap music on the bus to make little money to help their family.
A patron of Marijuana and friends talk and have fun at night in one of the slum areas in Medellin.
3 suspects of a murgder waiting for the examination of gun powder to make clear who actually shot and killed a victim.
A body of a 6 years old kid lygin on the morgue at a hospital in Medellin. he was shot by the cross fire while rival gang groups started fighting.
A canal in Medellin.
An officer of judicial police that collect the bodies that are found everyday in Medellin.
A night scene of one of the slum areas in Medellin. Some gangstars in the neighborhood patrol at night to protect the neighborhood from other gang groups.
One of the gang members and his girl friend kiss on the bed
Pictures of women that were inside the pocket of one of the gangstars who was shot deat on the street in one of the slum areas in Medellin.
before the autopsy, doctors look at the profile of one of the gangstars who was shot dead by the rival gang group.
Bodies of the victims in Medellin's morgue for autopsy. Everyday, 10 to 20 people are killed and sent to the morgue.
Mother and grand mother of gangmembers having the birthday party.
Two gangstars in one of the slum areas in Medellin patrol at night to make sure that no rival gang groups enter their neighborhood.

 

Any given day

– Living for the moment in Medellin’s new drug war –

「この町では全てが容易い。愛もセックスも麻薬も、それに殺人も。メデジンにはそういう神がいるのさ。全てを容易くする神が……」

きれいに輝き始める夕刻のメデジンの町並みを眺めながら、ギャングの一 人、アルベルトはマリファナに酔った目で言った。

2008年、麻薬カルテルのボス、ドン・ベルナのアメリカへの身柄引渡しを境に、組織のナンバー2の地位にいた二人と、その下につくギャングたちによる麻薬抗争が、メデジンでは激しさを増していた。2010年の1月と2月だけで、 殺人件数は 600を超えていた。

いつものように 30 円のローカルバスに揺られ、メデジンで最も抗争が 激しい地域、ラ・シェラへと向かう。 盆地の急斜面を進むにつれ、空気がひんやりとしてきて気持ちがいい。玄関のドアをノックすると、ゴルドが顔を出した。15歳からゲリラに加わり、 殺した数なんて覚えていないという彼とは、何故かうまが合った。

「俺だって、まともな生活をしようと思ったことがあるよ。工事現場で肉体労働をしてみたんだ。でも1年しか続かなかった。今までの生活を変える のは難しかったし、あんな退屈な生活 には耐えられなかった。それにここはメデジンなんだ。これが良くないことなんて皆知っている。でも自分たちのことを否定することなんてできないだろ? でも子供たちには、ちゃんと勉強して、全うな職業についてほしい。俺みたいにはなってほしくない」

町を出る前夜、スラムにはいつものようにサルサが流れていた。ギャングたちは何人いるかわからない恋人の一 人と体をくっつけて踊っている。

息子 の前で恋人とキスしながらゴルドは、

またメデジンに来たら一緒に飲もう。まあ、それまで俺が殺されなかっ たらだけどな」

そう高笑いしながら言った。