Lia Valero

Photographer
   
Si el Rio Cauca hablara "“ If Cauca river could speak
Biography: Lia Valero is an award-winning Colombian reporter and photographer. As part of her professional experience, Lia has documented different issues of human rights, gender, memory and conflict and environment  in Bogotá and various regions... MORE
Public Story
Si el Rio Cauca hablara "“ If Cauca river could speak
Copyright Lia Valero 2023
Updated Aug 2020
Topics Civil Rights, Colombia Documentary Conflict Photography, Documentary, Human Rights, Latin America, Media, Photography, Photojournalism, Travel, War

Los ríos de Colombia, desde décadas atrás, guardan relatos de desaparición forzada y crímenes de lesa humanidad donde el agua es el lugar perfecto para borrar todo rastro de identidad de personas y comunidades. Este proyecto desarrollado en 2019 retrata historias y personajes que han sido testigos de aquello que el Río Cauca, el segundo rio más grande de mi país, ha dejado de callar sobre la desaparición.  

Desde la represa de La Salvajina, en el sur del departamento del Cauca, hasta el centro-occidente del país en el municipio de Arauca, en Caldas se mantiene viva la memoria de este rio como un lugar de vida y muerte. Estos municipios guardan historias de pescadores, testigos silenciados de una decadencia violenta por la presencia paramilitar que provocó decenas de cuerpos flotantes río arriba; historias de líderes que siguen buscando alivio psicológico y material para los familiares de las víctimas; historias de bomberos que registraron a diario en sus minutas los rescates hechos para salvar esos cuerpos; historias de pueblos que han tenido que enterrar los muertos que no consideran como suyos.



The rivers of Colombia, from decades ago, keep stories of enforced disappearance and crimes against humanity where water is the perfect place to erase all traces of identity of people and communities. This project developed in 2019 portrays stories and characters that have witnessed what the Río Cauca, the second largest river in my country, has stopped silence about the disappearance.

From the La Salvajina dam, in the south of the department of Cauca, to the center-west of the country in the municipality of Arauca, in Caldas the memory of this river is kept alive as a place of life and death. These municipalities keep stories of fishermen, silenced witnesses to a violent decline due to the paramilitary presence that caused dozens of floating bodies upstream; stories of leaders who continue to seek psychological and material relief for the families of the victims; stories of firefighters who daily recorded in their minutes the rescues made to save those bodies; stories of peoples who have had to bury the dead they do not consider their own.
 

LinkedIn Icon Facebook Icon Twitter Icon
2,218

Also by Lia Valero —

Story

Samaná: the last free river

Lia Valero
Story

Women Who Stand Against Fracking

Lia Valero
Story

Migrar en medio de una pandemia

Lia Valero
Submission

Pacíficas

Lia Valero / Timbiqui
Story

SINGLES

Lia Valero
Si el Rio Cauca hablara
Join us
For more access