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Lutheran Diakonia Foundation, Brazil. Good Friday 2021

Good Friday 2021.

Lutheran Diakonia Foundation, Brazil

"Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene." John 19.25.

All consummated. Land razed by fire, by tractor, by agrotoxins. Stumps, pieces of the forest once standing. With tears of distress on her face, she cried out, "How long, how long will the cry of the earth, which groans for justice, follow, and be heard?"

And she was very tired. She was exhausted. She had worked several days straight without being able to see her family. People are dying in the hallways, with no room in the ICU. Her eyes, deep in her face, almost hidden by the mask she wore, revealed her physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion.

Where will I get food for my family today if I can't work in the solid waste collection? And now, without the 600 reais emergency aid, I'm desperate! And I lack gas for cooking!

And Jesus died crucified! It was already late, and the women insisted on staying close to him, on the cross. And now? There was mourning; there was pain. The previous days' struggle was full of injustice, violence, shouts, people washing their hands, corruptions, and soldiers.

Lives threatened by racist, sexist, and fundamentalist death projects.

It was Good Friday.

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