June 2016, South Caqueta. Photographed here are a group of guerrilleros just before starting their agricultural activities on farm where they have planted innocuous crops such as sugar cane, pineapple and cassava. Once integrated to the civilian life every fighter could follow a singular way, and the community they know living into the guerrilla could disappear.
May 2015, South Caquetá. Sometimes the FARC-EP guerrilleros adopt an animal, domestic or from the jungle. It follows them in all their movements. This young parrot has been adopted by Sandra. Its name is Gris, in reference to a Colombian candy.
January 2016. Putumayo. A group of guerrilleros carrying the white flag is waiting near the stage.
October 2015. North Caquetá. Yurluey, 32, has just cut some little truck she will use to construct her “caleta”, the place where she will sleep. She is in charge of a political mass organization group in the Teofilo Forero Column. She joined the FARC at 14. She went only three months to school because there was no school near the family farm. She tells she learnt with the guerrilla a little bit of everything. Two of her sisters are into the guerilla, like her uncles. Yurluei comes from a peasant family in El Pato region. In the 70’s and 80’s, her family was displaced several times by the army. More later, her brother was murdered and her family thinks it was the police.
January 2016. Putumayo. Guerrilleros at the moment of the public meeting between peace FARC delegation and civil population. An estimated 30 to 40 percent of FARC members are female.
May 2015, South Caquetá. On the way to the camp through part of the rainforest recently burnt by peasants to clear space for a pastureland. This part of Caquetá is still at the front line of the agrarian colonization of the country. There is no paved road and it’s very difficult to get out harvest. For that reason, the peasants chose to breed cattle for meat and milk instead of heavy agricultural product like cassava. For a long time, coca leaf production was their main source of income, also for the FARC-EP that collect the so-called “revolutionary tax”. But with the recent changes in the market, the peasants start to switch to other sources of income. The land recovered from the rainforest is increasingly used for breeding cattle, and the deforestation is accelerating.
May 2015, South Caquetá. While Sandra reviews the encoding of the messages she will send by radio to other groups or to the command, Jessica begins to plait her hair. Sandra has 8 years into the FARC-EP’s ranks. She joined at 14 and she explains she was attracted by the lifestyle and the possibility to escape from the woman classic function in the countryside society. “Find a husband? It’s not a future”, she says, “and in addition, a responsible husband? No, they abandoned their pregnant wife, with one child… Here, with the FARC, we contribute to a just struggle.” Jessica joined the FARC-EP at 18. She says she was seduced by the order and the female presence when a commander came to her school to present the guerilla. She also wanted to liberate her spot in the boarding school for her youngest sister.
January 2016. Putumayo. A group of guerillleros is bathing and laundying their clothes at the end of the day. The dalylife into the guerrilla is a community life where most of the time the guerrilleros do every thing together.
January 2016, Putumayo. The village is located in the Putumayo department, into the Amazonian jungle. People use the river to travel. The local economy is based on the cattle breeding and the coca leaves production. The agreement about illegal crops provides some funds for substitution once the peace signed. In the area, the FARC seems to already promote a reconversion supporting some local training to cattle breeding. But the peasants don’t give up the coca leaves, a production that they evaluate more lucrative in this isolated place.
January 2016, Putumayo. A guerrilla is posing with her weapon. As many other guerrilleras, she has a colorfull nail polish.
July 2016, South Caqueta. A class where the guerrilleros are learning to read, write and count. It’s quite common that they almost never had the opportunity to go to school. They come from very poor peasants family and had to work very young as “jornalero”, before choosing engage into the guerrilla. There, when the war was not so strong, they took some days to learn to write.
February 2016, North Caquetá. After the meeting for peace in El Para Village on a bus. Hundreds of people came to assist at the "peace pedagocical " meeting organised bye peasant organisations to talk about the peace negotiations.
September 2016, Yari Llanos. At the time of the tenth conference of the FARC-EP, a guerrillero met up his mother after four years without seeing each other. His girlfriend is accompanying him.
June 2016, South Caquetá. Fernanda and Paquita, her baby parrot, at the end of a day. On her t-shirt is writing “Mujer Fariana”, woman of the FARC culture. The 24th July, government and FARC-EP peace delegations agreed to integrate a gender dimension onto the final peace agreement, where female and LGBTI rights will be prioritarized. Into the new peace deal signed he 24the November, a large part of the gender references was removed after the consultation of the No supporters of the referendum.
May 2015, South Caquetá. This part of Caquetá is still at the front line of the agrarian colonization of the country. There is no paved road and it’s very difficult to get out harvest. For that reason, the peasants chose to breed cattle for meat and milk instead of heavy agricultural product like cassava. For a long time, coca leaf production was their main source of income, also for the FARC-EP that collect the so-called “revolutionary tax”. But with the recent changes in the market, the peasants start to switch to other sources of income. The land recovered from the rainforest is increasingly used for breeding cattle, and the deforestation is accelerating.