Photos display examples of poverty

Photos that have been selected winners in a contest to show poverty will be displayed this weekend in the Museo Nacional.

More than 80 persons submitted photo works in the contest that was set up to mark the Día Internacional de la Paz. The contest was organized by the Defensoría de los Habitantes, and the Universidad Veritas.

The Defensoría said that the object of the contest was to identify poverty as a form of violence and a challenge to peace.

In addition to the four winning photos, those who visit the exhibition will be able to see the results of photo workshops in various economically challenged communities. The photos will be displayed through Sunday.

The Defensoría cites statistics from the Estado de la Nación that say 20.7 percent of Costa Rican homes are in poverty and that 6.4 percent are in extreme poverty.

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