Reference : V-P-CO-E-02243
Date : 10/2011
Country/Region : COLOMBIA
Caption : Valle del Cauca, El Credo. Some inhabitants and member of the indigenous guard examine bullet cases they gathered after a fight. Their village was caught between two fires.
Photographer : HEGER, Boris
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : The Indigenous guard is organized by the population of the area. There goal is to prevent fighting near civilian houses by marking the civilian zones and patrolling to make sure that no armed men take position near or in civilian houses.
They carry a "sacred stick" to protect themselves and show their status.
They are juridically organized, discuss with the authorities and when necessary, expose the non respect of civilian areas by armed men.
They collect the munitions as proof that fighting had happened near civilian houses.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 4200x2800
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour