Damian Platt

Damian Platt

Damian Platt is the author of Nothing by Accident: Brazil on the Edge. Follow him on Twitter @DamianPlatt.

To Skate—Perchance to Soar

To Skate—Perchance to Soar

Nairobi, January 2021. Saturday morning. I whizz joyfully around the multi-coloured skatepark. Beneath my feet, the board responds with twists and turns. I apply pressure with my toes and heels. I pop its tail and jump. It rises into the air, lifting me with it. My confidence grows. Now I

Damian Platt
Damian Platt
Memoir
Four Decades of Terror: Rio de Janeiro’s Never-Ending 'Drug War'

Four Decades of Terror: Rio de Janeiro’s Never-Ending 'Drug War'

Welcome to Rio de Janeiro. Late August 2020. A woman tries to keep her child quiet. She is using her phone to film silhouettes moving past her glass front door. There is no mistaking the swift, purposeful shadows. Hunkering down, they point assault rifles and machine guns. During the short,

Damian Platt
Damian Platt
Latin America