Hinterland, known as the Sertão. November 2015. is a story about marginalized rural communities in Brazil’s northeast semi-arid region who depend on natural resources for their survival to coexist with the barren landscape and sparse rainfall. Its story is about those leave – not one about those who stay.
Pedro Jesus dos Santos, 89, who struggles with painful glaucoma, grabs a hold of a drain that leads water into their dried cistern, at his home near Campo Alegre de Lourdes, in the state of Bahia, Brazil, on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. The family water cistern was full only once – when it was first constructed through a federal program.
Although farming families receive a national anti-poverty cash welfare program, Bolsa Familia, they still suffer from chronic malnutrition, food shortages and limited access to potable water.