Award-winning photojournalist Donna De Cesare has been documenting the gangs of Central America for the past 30 years. The works now make-up a bilingual book titled “Unsettled Desasosiego.” In it, she uncovers the effects of decades of war and gang violence on the lives of youths in Central America and in the refugee communities in the United States.
Decades of civil war, violence and an illegal drug trade have created a culture that allows gangs to flourish in Central America. De Cesare began documenting the social impact during the 1980s. Her photographs document a history of repression, violence, and trauma, in which gangs are as much a symptom as a cause of trauma, trapped as they are by social neglect.