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I spent long periods of my life traveling, trying to build my own discourse of things, absorbing the social problems experienced in other countries. I was born in Barcelona, my parents taught me a multicultural education spending long summers of my childhood in Colombia, where they are from. A year ago I decided to move there to work with communities displaced by the conflict, to know them closely. I found an humanitarian mission to Chocó on march 2011 and after some meetings with the organization I was part of the team to go to the conflict zone. I met wonderful people victims of land expropriation. All of them were brave, with hope despite the violence suffered, always fighting for dignity, equality, respect.
‘Resistance in Jiguamiando river’ is now the heritage of Colombia coordinated by Claustro de San Agustín (Bogota) and was exhibited at Visa Off Perpignan in 2011 having been chosen by Clic Fotoperiodismo Joven ’11 and by Encontro Niterói América do Sul ’11 to represent Colombia.
Written by // Andrea Lamount
The Chocó region, located in the pacific north west of Colombia, is well known for the richness of its biodiversity and ecosystem. This is why it’s one of the most coveted areas of the world, with 46.530km2. At the river mouth of the Atrato exist 3 lost communities within the jungle, communicated by palisades and without any kind of medical assistance. These are the Jiguamiandó communities: mestiza, afro and embera. Populations that, forbidden by the government, survive and defend their Human Rights as residents of the basin and owners of their lands.