Israel Fuguemann

Journalist & Photographer
   
Emberas: The violated territory
Location: Colombia
Nationality: Mexican
Biography: Journalist and documentary photographer.  In the last years his work focused on social and environmental themes, especially documenting people and cultures in resistance, and the always more extensive reality of extractivism of raw materials... MORE
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Emberas: The violated territory
Copyright Israel Fuguemann 2024
Updated Dec 2022
Location Colombia
Topics Conflict, Ethnic minorities, Health/Healing, Human Rights, Journalism, Latin America, NGO, Oppression, Photography, Photojournalism, Poverty, Reportage
The violence generated by different armed actors for the control of the territories of Medio Atrato, Colombia, put at risk many of the social and collective dynamics that define the worldview of the Emberá Dobidá indigenous people, who have inhabited this tropical jungle of South America for centuries.

Since this occupation, the Emberà population was allowed to move freely through their lands and rivers; which affected their ability to farm and feed themselves, causing malnutrition problems; as well as their ancestral practices and their relationship with the land.

A method for the control and restriction of mobility used by the armed groups was the use of antipersonnel mines. Community members were victims of them. In addition to the symbolic power of mining the land that has a sacred value for the Emberà, the conflict-affected their conception of the world and community life.

In historic abandonment violence generated by different armed actors for the control of the territories of Medio Atrato, Colombia put at risk many of the social and collective dynamics that define the worldview of the Emberá Dobidá indigenous people, who have inhabited this tropical jungle of South America for centuries.

La violencia generada por distintos actores armados por el control de los territorios del Medio Atrato, Colombia, puso en riesgo muchas de las dinámicas sociales y colectivas que definen la cosmovisión del pueblo indígena Emberá Dobidá, que durante siglos habita esta selva tropical del sur de América.

Desde ésta ocupación la población Emberà dejó movilizarse libremente por sus tierras y ríos; lo que afectó su posibilidad de cultivar y alimentarse, causando problemas de desnutrición; así como de sus practicas ancestrales y su relación con la tierra.

Un método para el control y la restricción de la movilidad utilizada por los grupos armados fue el uso de mina antipersonales. Miembros de la comunidad fueron víctimas de ellas. Además del poder simbólico de minar la tierra que tiene un valor sagrado para los Emberà, el conflicto afectó su concepción del mundo y la vida comunitaria.

En un abandono histórico por parte del Estado los Emberá siguen resistiendo en su territorio y esperando la paz.


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