Latin America in review

Latin America in review is a monthly gallery that features some of the top photojournalism made by AP staff photographers and freelancers based in our Latin America region.  

This month's selection begins in Brazil, where the son of slain civil police officer Mario Marcelo de Albuquerque is comforted during his father's funeral. Mario Marcelo de Albuquerque was shot to death when he tried to impede a robbery.

In Peru, dancers get ready near Lake Titicaca prior to their performance at Virgin of Candelaria celebrations in Puno. Dancers in colorful masks and elaborate costume celebrate the Virgin of Candelaria, patron saint of communities along the shore of Lake Titicaca, in what's considered the largest Catholic festival in the Andes. 

At a wax museum in Mexico City, a worker styles the hair on a wax replica of U.S. President Donald Trump.

In Chile, a flower shoots through a landscape razed by wildfires in Chile's Cauquenes community, where the national forestry agency says Chile's raging wildfires have destroyed nearly 904,000 acres (366,000 hectares) since Jan. 15. Chile's President Michelle Bachelet said, adding that her country was living through “the greatest forest disaster in our history.”

In Port-au-Prince, Haiti, a woman cries near the coffin containing the body of a relative who died at the country's largest prison. Relatives wailed in grief or stared stoically as flowers were placed on 20 caskets at a mass funeral for the latest group of inmates who died from malnourishment in Haiti's largest prison, most without ever having been convicted of any crime. 

This gallery was curated by Latin America photo editors Leslie Mazoch and Tomas Stargardter and News Director of Mexico and Central America Enric Marti.  

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