Juan José Torres also known as Juancho is a Colombian photographer whose images explore social inequality and human-right issues. He studied Photojournalism at the New York Institute of Photography (NYIP) and Social Communication and...
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More than 3,000 indigenous Embera Katio and Embera Chami moved during the last two decades of the different villages of the municipality of Pueblo Rico, in Risaralda, Colombia. The disbanding of its members, as a result of the displacement and deaths of its members in the context of the armed conflict, put these communities at risk of cultural and physical extermination.
There are about a thousand-indigenous people who arrived at different the capitals of the country fleeing from the armed conflict and the war for the gold that was unleashed, since the beginning of the 90s, they live in deplorable conditions, in hostels and tenants. They are like some 730 Embera are sleeping in old buildings with serious health problems.
The houses are located in depressed sectors, some of them with high crime rates, in central areas of these cities. Since then, they face problems in the cities, as a result of the difficult conditions in which they live and the begging they endure. Most of them are coming from the departments of Chocó, on the Andágueda River, and in Risaralda, in the high course of San Juan. However, for some time they started the return to their territory. Walking for days, after long walks. Women are the main protagonists: through crafts, they seek to highlight their culture, traditions, and rites.
And different activities that favor the economic development of the community. They have returned as demobilized and victims of the armed conflict. Their conditions of vulnerability there has always been a huge issue, but they still, strive to rebuild the social fabric of the community and achieve dignified living conditions coming back home.