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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Colombia’s drawn-out battle between government forces, Marxist guerrillas and right-wing paramilitary groups has led to the world’s second-highest fatality rate from land mines, after Afghanistan. In recent years, it has only gotten worse.
The Colombian government says that more than 11,000 people have been injured or killed by landmines in the country since 1990, with more than 2,000 victims in the last five years alone and more than 50 this year. The locals call them “leg breakers,” but that’s an understatement. The land mines that dot Colombia’s mountainsides do far more damage. One wrong move and a leg is gone. Or an arm. Or an eye. No one knows when or where the next bomb will go off, who might get hurt from the blast, who might die.
After five decades of civil war, a war so old that more than half the population of Colombia hadn’t been born when it started, people just want to ignore it. Land mines won’t let them. The Colombian military and its main enemy, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC- EP, have started a pilot project together to remove mines as part of the peace deal agreement signed with this guerrilla after more than 52 years.