Reference : V-P-CO-E-01973
Date : 13/09/2010
Country/Region : COLOMBIA
Caption : Pasto. Displaced by armed conflict, Jaime and Marta try to survive in the city. Marta is being interviewed for an ICRC documentary film.
Photographer : IZARD, Marçal
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : Colombia's armed conflict is one of the longest in modern history. More than forty years have passed and no end is in sight. Over three million Colombians have fled their homes, becoming the second largest population of internally displaced in the world, after Sudan. Returning 10 years later, Marçal Izard, who started to work as an ICRC delegate in Colombia in 2000, realized that the vicious cycle of death threats and forced displacement goes on.

Jaime' s wife Marta (name changed) was in her fourth month of pregnancy when Marçal and his colleagues met her. She was sitting in the kitchen of a host family where the couple was temporarily housed. Jaime was afraid that Marta might lose their baby if he told her the true reasons why they left their home, "because she could get a nervous breakdown," said Jaime. So he told her he had had a dispute with a neighbour and needed to be away from the village for a while. We interviewed Marta on camera as part of a new ICRC documentary film. "How I see our future here in the city? It is hard, very hard," said Marta, "because everything is so expensive here and you can't get food if you don't have money."
Original material : digital
Resolution : 4000x3000
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour