Land, Peace and Solidarity


Giselle Sartori

This exhibition questions and invites us to reflect on what land is and what it means for the Afro, peasant and indigenous peoples of Colombia. A country plagued by the longest armed conflict in the history of Latin America, where the word “land” is often synonymous with disputes, exile, memory, and abandonment.

However, it is precisely from the territories that the most tangible efforts to build peace and to rebuild the social fabric are born, where the voices of social leaders in defense of human rights raise. And also where Alianza por la Solidaridad develops its humanitarian operations in favor of the most vulnerable population.

In these territories, human beings in the different communities of the Pacific develop an intimate relationship with nature that is being affected by conflict and megaprojects that threaten rivers, forests and communities that live in and from these natural elements. In this context, Alianza por la Solidaridad-ActionAid ensures clean water and solidarity actions for children, young people, women and men of the deepest Colombia.

Vereda de Brisas, Alto Mira and Frontera, Tumaco, Nariño (2020)

The Alto Mira shots were made to promote the financing of a community playground by UNICEF, as there were not safe spaces in the village where children and youth could play freely. Photos with children and young people contributed to winning the financing of the social intervention.

Alianza por la Solidaridad had also been working in the Brisas village on water and sanitation issues, with the construction of toilet facilities.

The lack of drinking water is a problem for the community, because the only source of drinking water is a river where the population washes clothes, collects water for cooking, and dumps solid waste.

Unión Bakiasa, Resguardo Indigena Embera, Rio Opogadó, Chocó (2020)

The photos were taken during a humanitarian mission with the MAPA consortium (now MIRE), to witness APS work in the WASH sector.

In the reservation, APS built and rehabilitated several community watering houses, distributed various filters for water purification, and carried out personal hygiene workshops among the community. In fact, the Emberas indigenous people have the river as their only source of drinking water.

Women spend the most time around it, washing clothes, bathing children and collecting water for domestic use.

This population lives constantly threatened by the activity of groups outside the law: armed clashes, generalized violence and anti-personnel landmines force people to move or live in confinement, without being able to access the basic services they need, and increasing the risk of human rights violations.