Through an allegorical edit, Malaria evokes the worldwide political and social corruption, and how the improper use of power held by those who lead our society, threatens our future.
Malaria: n. /məˈleə.ri.ə/ from medieval Italian: mala aria; literally “bad air”. It was originally believed that the noxious air and the vapors from the swamps caused the infection.
Malaria is today´s social pollution; the air is infected and protected by corruption itself: bribery, money laundering, extortion and murder. “Drain the swamp” is a phrase that alludes to the historical draining of swamps to decrease mosquito’s populations and combat malaria. But, as some politicians have referred to it, many political parties “will not drain the swamp, it´s a protected wetland; they breed in it, they spawn in it.”
In 2015 the largest case of corruption in the history of Latin America, orchestrated by the Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht, was unveiled. Its web of bribery spread over four continents with money laundering, extortion, and illicit association. It implicated former presidents, government officials, and businessmen in more than 10 countries, including my home country, Peru. The last five former presidents of Peru: Alberto Fujimori, Alejandro Toledo, Alan Garcia, Ollanta Humala and Pedro Pablo Kucynski are either condemned in prison, investigated and fugitive from justice, or even found dead by suicide under the arrest verdict (April 2019). ***
(***) Alberto Fujimori led Peru for 10 years and today serves a 25-year sentence. Alejandro Toledo is a fugitive from justice since 2017 for receiving more than 17 million from the construction firm to favor a public tender. Former President Alan García committed suicide last April by shooting himself in the head shortly after the arrest demand was made official for having been linked to a collection of bribe. Ollanta Humala (2011-2016) is currently being investigated along with his wife for money laundering and links with the corruption scheme. Humala and his wife spent more than 300 days in pretrial detention between July 2017 and April 2018. Kuczynski, the president who governed the country until 2018, was arrested for pretrial detention. Along with former governors, the leading businessmen and government officials are being inspected and sentenced one after the other.