Chin Tattooed Women
The Last Generation of the Chin Tattooed Women
By Jacques Maudy & Julie Andre
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Son of a Slovenian mason who fled to Argentina after the war, Father Pedro Opeka learns the ropes of building trade from the age of 9. Here, an impromptu meeting with the quarry staff. Every meeting ends with songs.
This mother and baby, welcomed by Father Pedro, came to ask help from the association. In 25 years, Akamasoa provided emergency help to 300 000 people: food, medical treatments, soaps and blankets. About 17 000 of them have been permanently settled in the villages of Akamasoa.
3 staff of Akamasoa are in charge of the selection of the new entrants and of the distribution of first help to the dozens of families that come every day at the Mangarivotra Centre. Not long ago they were on the other side of the fence.
The teens of Akamasoa get together for the World Youth Day. They manifest an unmistakable enthusiasm and love to Father Pedro
Every Sunday after mass, a breads are distributed to the children of Akamasoa.
5 meals a week are provided in the primary schools of Akamasoa, including during school holidays. It is an efficient way to maintain the kids at school. One of the worries of the association is that the children would run away to beg in the streets of the capital.
A crowd of children surround Father Pedro wherever he goes.
Nobel Prize nominee, Father Pedro has developed a sustainable model that can be replicated elsewhere.
Every Sunday Father Pedro’s mass gathers up to 8000 people in the Manantenasoa stadium.