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A Wounded Land

Alexis Aubin | Colombia

Javier Pina, Supervisor and Juan David Gomez, Team Leader as they coordinate their demining team work in Quebradon Sur, Algeciras, Huila, Colombia - August 29th 2017

“We have nothing to do with this, but we have suffered bitterly because of the war” On November 24th 2016, the peace agreement between the FARC-EP and the Colombian State ended more than half a century of armed conflict. The civil war that raged for 52 years, from 1964 to 2016, left 7.4 million internally displaced people, 220,000 deaths and a territory contaminated by landmines. Colombia rank second, after Afghanistan, in terms of landmine victims, with more than 11,500 people injured or killed. This threat has transformed deeply the social fabric of the Colombian people and how they relate to their land. To clear the territory of those silent weapons has become a crucial point to ensure the fragile stability gained by Colombia in the recent months.

I grew up with the globalization, the September 11th, the war in Iraq, and all that came after that. Perhaps it's the disappointment that led me to photography. The disappointment of seeing what governs our pecuniary lifes.

My work explores systemic violence and the impact of armed conflict on civilian populations. Hence the need to connect worlds that will never know each other, but that can not ignore their reallity.

Photography is for me an act of rebellion. A way of tell about the consequences of our choices, the cost of greed, all the madness of the human nature.

But it is not just an insurrection: it is also a gesture carried by love, by encounter, by the desire to grasp what brings us together. An attempt to erase what I am the time of a blink to generate a space for those who come out too often losers of this game that is not one.

Humanity is at first a community, when a part of it is suffering we all have a responsibility to react.

I photograph to raise awareness, to touch those who have the power to reach out.

Colombian Campaign to Ban Landmines

Cuso international




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