Reference : V-P-CO-E-02361
Date : 17/09/2012
Country/Region : COLOMBIA
Caption : Cauca, Morales. An ICRC team travels to a remote village on a donkey because of the topography of the region, to organize two days of vaccination and workshops to explain how to properly care of the animals.
Photographer : TOVAR, Erika
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description :
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.

The terrain forces the local people to use mules and horses to transport harvested crops, goods and even people who are sick. It takes another five hours to reach the first vaccination site: El Chirriadero.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 2272x1704
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour