Reference : V-P-CO-E-02019
Date : 22/09/2010
Country/Region : COLOMBIA
Caption : Meta department, near San José del Guaviare city, Barrancón reservation. A woman is pulling on a coloured palm fibre to manufacture handicraft (such as bracelets, wallets, hats, bags) that is later being sold to tourist
Photographer : IZARD, Marçal
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : Near the indigenous reservation lies an army training ground that is contaminated by explosive remnants of war, which is a danger to the indigenous community, as some of their members try to make a living out of collecting and selling scrap metal, including unexploded shells. In 2005, a woman called Nubia Díaz González from the reservation lost both of her hands while picking up an explosive remnant of war.

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. The photographer, Marçal Izard, who started to work as an ICRC delegate in Colombia in 2000 is returning in the country 10 years later. He realized that the vicious cycle of death threats and forced displacement goes on.

Original material : digital
Resolution : 3000x4000
Orientation : portrait
Colour/B&W : colour