Yan Boechat has been a journalist for over 20 years. Throughout most of his career, he worked as a writer-reporter, writing for the largest publications in Brazil, both in daily newspapers, magazines, and news sites. He is or was a collaborator also in international vehicles, such as The New York Times, BBC, Deutsche Welle, Voice of America, NBC News, among others. In the last decade he started to act more and more independently and, throughout his travels to different parts of the world, he integrated photography, an old passion, into his writing work. Today he divides his time between writing, photography, and video. Yan Boechat has dedicated his work to cover human impacts caused by major events, such as wars, environmental disasters, urban conflicts, inequality, and violence. Over the years, he has covered humanitarian issues in countries such as Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Palestine, Ukraine, Congo, DRC, Angola, Egypt, Tunisia, Colombia, Venezuela, and in different parts of Brazil. Today he is based in São Paulo (Brazil) and in the last year, he has focused his attention on issues related to immense inequality and violence in his native country.
Manaus, a metropolis of more than two million inhabitants in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest, suffered the lethal impacts of the COVID 19 pandemic like no other Brazilian City. Hospitals without respirators, ambulances without oxygen, mass graves. Manaus succumbed to the new coronavirus quickly and brutally. Fear took over this city founded by the Portuguese at the end of the 17th century. Terrified by the stories of suffering and lonely deaths, many people adopted a negative attitude towards the disease. Even with the clear symptoms of Covid-19, they refused to seek medical help. The number of people dying in their homes quickly exploded. These photos tell this story. The history of Brazilians who lost their lives due, many times, to the State's inability to provide the most basic care in a time of crisis. These are stories of poor people, victims of the incredible inequality that marks this country.