Faces Of Cazuca – The Illusive Peace For The Children Living In Extreme Poverty After Colombia’s War

 

Visual Artist Katy Lopez is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this portrait/documentary photography.  From her project ‘AfterWar‘.  To see Katy’s body of work click on any photograph.

 

 

 

 

AfterWar is a story told in photographs of the children of Cazuca, a very deprived and stigmatized area on the outskirts of Bogota, Colombia, harboring the highest number of people fleeing from the civil war. Colombia is the second country with the most internally displaced persons (more than 6 million people) in the world.

 

"... they also murdered all of those who did not follow them or those who supported the other group."

 

The last 55 years, Colombia has held a civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people. The main trigger of this war was the poverty and inequality in Colombia. For this reason, a left armed group raised up in order to fight for the rights of people. However, they killed many innocent farmers, teachers, children and whoever did not conform to their way of thinking. As a result, a right wing armed group raised up to fight them. Regrettably, they also murdered all of those who did not follow them or those who supported the other group. They all did the same thing, committing terrible atrocities against the population, including children who in many cases were recruited forcibly.

 

 

 

 

These children are part of the end result of the war. Boys and girls living in extreme poverty which still leads to violence in a supposed « AfterWar » that seems never to stop.

 

 

 

 

See also:

Immigrant Colombian Women

By Katy Lopez

 


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