Reference : V-P-CO-E-01976
Date : 18/09/2010
Country/Region : COLOMBIA
Caption : Pasto. Displaced by armed conflict, Jaime and Marta try to survive in the city. Marta is buying food at the supermarket with the vouchers given by the Colombian Red Cross.
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. This week, we are following Marçal Izard, who started to work as an ICRC delegate in Colombia in 2000. Returning 10 years later, he realized that the vicious cycle of death threats and forced displacement goes on. First out is a photo gallery about the help that the Red Cross provides to those who lost everything.

One week after Marçal and his colleagues met Jaime and Marta for the first time, they went with them to one of the supermarkets in town that accepts the Red Cross vouchers in lieu of cash. Marçal was surprised to see how many items Marta was able to put into her shopping cart for one voucher valued at 67,000 Colombian pesos, which is about 40 US dollars. Eggs, pasta, lentils, beans as well as some fruits and vegetables found their way to the cart. Marta was a bit overwhelmed by the choice of products, and needed the advice of the camerawoman - herself Colombian - to buy the right pack of vitamin-enriched milk powder. "We don't have supermarkets in our village," said Marta, who was much more positive about her future than a week before. However, Jaime had not yet found a job, and it will undoubtedly take some time for the young couple to settle down in the urban environment.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 3000x4000
Orientation : portrait
Colour/B&W : colour