Reference : V-P-CO-E-02314
Date : 02/2012
Country/Region : COLOMBIA
Caption : Nariño department, Roberto Payán municipality, between Conquista and Negrito. The ICRC and Colombian Red Cross team by pirogues on the Ispi river.
Photographer : HEGER, Boris
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : The water level is very shallow and rapids are sometimes quiet rough on the river. The ICRC and Colombian Red Cross team are on their way to Negrito, down the river.

NariƱo department is among the area most affected by the conflict, where armed groups and other parties to the Colombian conflict are battling for control.
To reach the final destination of the trip, one has to pass through Barbacoas and Roberto Payan. It takes around 7 hours drive from the main city of Pasto to get to Barbacoas, included 4 hours of extremely bad road.
Roberto Payan is then reached by an ICRC boat, from where the teams have to use small pirogues to be able to navigate on a small river during around 5 hours. The trip takes then two days from the closest main city - already considered remote by colombian standards.
The main goal of this ICRC field trip was to visit the small villages of Conquista and Negrito. People there had to flee recently due to fighting in and around their villages. When they went back they found their properties looted and destroyed, so the ICRC decided to help them in their return process through various agro programs, water and habitat activities, and support to medical structures.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 4200x2878
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour