“And when man faces destiny, destiny ends and man comes into his own.”
– André Malraux, The Voices of Silence
Destiny’s Children: A Legacy of War and Gangs by Donna DeCesare follows the lives of four young people marked by an experience of war and its aftermath. As each struggles with circumstance, the lure of gangs and the challenge of limited opportunity, the question of fate looms.
Told in images with bilingual text, the site adds layers to the narrative structure. One can scroll progressively through a story or disrupt the linear sequence. Hyperlinks make it possible to move from the narrative to the issues or an historical timeline. One story includes the voice of protagonist Carlos Perez that can be activated or silenced by cursor placement as one navigates.
The primary purpose of the site is to educate and inspire action. To that end, “How to Help” directs site users to organizations in need of resources and volunteers, or those that promote activism. “Need Help” guides young people seeking assistance to appropriate programs in their geographical area. The resource pages are formatted to appear on a cell phone connection, or may be downloaded and printed for use as handouts in barrio classrooms and community centers without web access.