Reference : V-P-CO-E-02360
Date : 17/09/2012
Country/Region : COLOMBIA
Caption : Cauca, Morales. An ICRC team arrives to organize two days of vaccination and workshops to explain how to properly care of the animals. Natives await the ICRC team to help to carry the goods.
Photographer : TOVAR, Erika
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description :
Three hours after leaving Cali, the road becomes impassable to cars. At this point, a group of indigenous people with 50 mules and horses are waiting to meet the ICRC team. Goods and people are transferred to the animals to complete the journey.

ICRC website, Photo gallery, 05/11/2012

Colombia: horses and mules save lives in conflict zones

For mountain communities in the south-western Cauca region of Colombia, horses and mules are valued companions. Indeed, because of their isolated location, these communities are completely dependent on their beasts of burden, which transport goods, water and harvested crops, as well as people who are injured and sick. But the armed conflict and resulting shortages mean that caring for these animals is bottom of the list of priorities for these communities. ICRC staff recently spent two days in the Suárez and Morales districts of Cauca, where they vaccinated 250 animals and ran workshops to teach people to look after them properly. The participants learnt to shoe, feed and care for their animals.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 2272x1704
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour