“We have nothing to do with this, but we have suffered bitterly because of the war” Aladín Lima Barragán, survivor of an antipersonnel mine accident.
On November 24th 2016, the peace agreement between the FARC-EP and the Colombian State ended more than half a century of armed conflict.The civil war that raged for 52 years, from 1964 to 2016, left 7.4 million internally displaced people, 220,000 deaths and a territory contaminated by landmines.
Since the 1990s, clashes between far-right paramilitaries, communist guerrillas and law enforcement have led Colombia to rank second, after Afghanistan, in terms of landmine victims, with more than 11,500 people injured or killed.
The President, Juan Manuel Santos ambitiously pledged to free the country of those explosives “before 2021”.
This threat has transformed deeply the social fabric of the Colombian people and how they relate to their land. To clear the territory of those silent weapons has become a crucial point to ensure the fragile stability gained by Colombia in the recent months.