Alexis Aubin - Javier Pina, Supervisor and Juan David Gomez, Team Leader as they coordinate their team work in Quebradon Sur, Algeciras, Huila, Colombia - August 29th 2017
Javier Pina, Supervisor and Juan David Gomez, Team Leader as they coordinate their team work in Quebradon Sur, Algeciras, Huila, Colombia - August 29th 2017
Alexis Aubin - A map used for popular Mine Risk Education. Kids have to put skulls where there is risk of landmine presence. Tierra Alta, Cordoba, Colombia - June 14th 2017
A map used for popular Mine Risk Education. Kids have to put skulls where there is risk of landmine presence. Tierra Alta, Cordoba, Colombia - June 14th 2017
Alexis Aubin - A demining dog plays with a dog holder during a training. Their sense of smell makes it possible to check hundreds of square meters per day while a deminer can make from 3 to 6 meters in a shift. Vista Hermosa, Meta, Colombia - July 8th 2017
A demining dog plays with a dog holder during a training. Their sense of smell makes it possible to check hundreds of square meters per day while a deminer can make from 3 to 6 meters in a shift. Vista Hermosa, Meta, Colombia - July 8th 2017
Alexis Aubin - Jessica Espinoza, landmine remover for the Colombian Campaign to Ban Landmines working in the municipality of Algeciras where she was born and raised. She told me that she started this work because she knows a lot of victims and wanted to end this threat. Algeciras, Huila, Colombia - August 30th 2017
Jessica Espinoza, landmine remover for the Colombian Campaign to Ban Landmines working in the municipality of Algeciras where she was born and raised. She told me that she started this work because she knows a lot of victims and wanted to end this threat. Algeciras, Huila, Colombia - August 30th 2017
Alexis Aubin - Junction of Rio Suarez , Rio Sogamoso and Río Chicamocha Santander, Colombia. Landmines can be found in 31 of the 32 departments and in 50% of the country’s municipalities. They have been used since the 1990’s by various armed groups operating in the country as the FARC, the National Liberation Army or the Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia. Santander, Colombia - August 4th 2017
Junction of Rio Suarez , Rio Sogamoso and Río Chicamocha Santander, Colombia. Landmines can be found in 31 of the 32 departments and in 50% of the country’s municipalities. They have been used since the 1990’s by various armed groups operating in the country as the FARC, the National Liberation Army or the Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia. Santander, Colombia - August 4th 2017
Alexis Aubin - Landmine removers are getting ready to go back to work. They work 50 minutes consecutively for 10 minutes of break. Vista Hermosa, Meta, Colombia - July 6th 2017
Landmine removers are getting ready to go back to work. They work 50 minutes consecutively for 10 minutes of break. Vista Hermosa, Meta, Colombia - July 6th 2017
Alexis Aubin - Andres from the Colombian Campaign to Ban Landmine cuts grass before closing the access to a contaminated area. He used to be part of the FARC-EP and made more then 1000 explosives for the rebel organization before starting a new life as a humanitarian landmine remover. Algeciras, Huila Colombia - April 7th 2017
Andres from the Colombian Campaign to Ban Landmine cuts grass before closing the access to a contaminated area. He used to be part of the FARC-EP and made more then 1000 explosives for the rebel organization before starting a new life as a humanitarian landmine remover. Algeciras, Huila Colombia - April 7th 2017
Alexis Aubin - A gaz tank filled with 20kg of explosive just before its destruction. The colombian conflict left a major legacy of landmines and abandoned explosive in most part of the country. Vista Hermosa, Meta, Colombia - August 22nd 2017
A gaz tank filled with 20kg of explosive just before its destruction. The colombian conflict left a major legacy of landmines and abandoned explosive in most part of the country. Vista Hermosa, Meta, Colombia - August 22nd 2017
Alexis Aubin - Kids walking by a mined area on their return from school. Algeciras, Huila, ColombiaAlgeciras, Huila, Colombia - August 29th 2017
Kids walking by a mined area on their return from school. Algeciras, Huila, ColombiaAlgeciras, Huila, Colombia - August 29th 2017
Alexis Aubin - Isidoro Cepeda Ramirez washing his face at « La Granja », a landmines victim’s rehabilitation center located in Giron, Colombia. Both of is hands were amputated after he felt on a landmine. Giron Santander, Colombia - August 5th 2016
Isidoro Cepeda Ramirez washing his face at « La Granja », a landmines victim’s rehabilitation center located in Giron, Colombia. Both of is hands were amputated after he felt on a landmine. Giron Santander, Colombia - August 5th 2016
Alexis Aubin - A stencil of the Artist Dj Lu on a wall of Bogota. The conflict has a great impact on the colombian culture and art. Bogota, Colombia August 23th 2016
A stencil of the Artist Dj Lu on a wall of Bogota. The conflict has a great impact on the colombian culture and art. Bogota, Colombia August 23th 2016
Alexis Aubin - Jhon James Manquillo Carvajal (27) as he is leaving the room he share with his mother in “Vivir Bien” a health center in Monteria. He got wouned by a landmine in Choco has he was cutting wood. The main institution in charged of landmine survivors does not want to help him as they suspect he was part of a paramilitary operation when he got wounded in Choco department. Monteria, Cordoba, Colombia - June 15th 2017
Jhon James Manquillo Carvajal (27) as he is leaving the room he share with his mother in “Vivir Bien” a health center in Monteria. He got wouned by a landmine in Choco has he was cutting wood. The main institution in charged of landmine survivors does not want to help him as they suspect he was part of a paramilitary operation when he got wounded in Choco department. Monteria, Cordoba, Colombia - June 15th 2017
Alexis Aubin - A storm in Vista Hermosa, the municipality rank first in term of landmine victims in Colombia. Vista Hermosa, Huila, Colombia - August 15th 2017
A storm in Vista Hermosa, the municipality rank first in term of landmine victims in Colombia. Vista Hermosa, Huila, Colombia - August 15th 2017
Alexis Aubin - Yorman Gonzalez funerals. During the first peace agreements signature ceremony the 6 years old boy found an abandoned grenade. He succumbed to the injuries caused by the explosion shortly after. Algecira, Huila, Colombia - September 29th 2016
Yorman Gonzalez funerals. During the first peace agreements signature ceremony the 6 years old boy found an abandoned grenade. He succumbed to the injuries caused by the explosion shortly after. Algecira, Huila, Colombia - September 29th 2016
Alexis Aubin - A technician models hand orthosis at the CIREC factory in Bogota. One of the main rehabilitation center for person amputated in Colombia. Bogota, Colombie – October 25th 2016
A technician models hand orthosis at the CIREC factory in Bogota. One of the main rehabilitation center for person amputated in Colombia. Bogota, Colombie – October 25th 2016
Alexis Aubin - Jean pant and a prostheses leaning on a wall of the CIREC rehabilitation center, in Bogota. Colombia has big issues to provide protheses. People can wait more than a year before getting one. Bogota Colombia - April 28th 2017
Jean pant and a prostheses leaning on a wall of the CIREC rehabilitation center, in Bogota. Colombia has big issues to provide protheses. People can wait more than a year before getting one. Bogota Colombia - April 28th 2017

“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.

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