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Skin of Palestine

Santiago Arcos

For Latin American soccer fans, the uniform of a beloved team is like a second skin. Palestine’s skin is found more than 8,000 miles from home—in Chile. Club Deportivo Palestino was founded in 1920 by Palestinian Christian refugees in Santiago. The soccer team won the 1955 and 1978 league titles and has been called the “second national team” by President Mahmoud Abbas. Around 400,000 people of Palestinian descent reside in Chile today, making it the largest Palestinian community outside the Arab world.


Santiago Arcos was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador and has been exploring documentary photography and photojournalism since the age of 19. He has worked for several newspapers in Ecuador and has published his personal projects in Slate France, World Policy Journal, The New York Times, Yahoo News, A Photo Editor, Madame Figaro China, Anaconda, Ecuador Terra Incognit and BEX Magazine. His personal work is mainly focused on social and environmental issues.