Reference : V-P-CO-E-02366
Date : 19/09/2012
Country/Region : COLOMBIA
Caption : Cauca, Suarez, Matecaña. An ICRC team organizes two days of vaccination and workshops to explain how to properly care of the animals. The second vaccination and training day gets under way.
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 second vaccination and training day gets under way. The ICRC team have transported the rest of the materials from the nearest city, over three hours away. Here in the Matecaña district, indigenous locals and farmers are waiting with more than 50 mules and horses.
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Orientation : landscape
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