Photo: @juanarre (Juan Arredondo)
Claudia Joana Cruz (22) stepped on a landmine in 2013 while she was returning from a field trip on the countryside in Cauca. From that day she recalls: “I lost consciousness after the blast and they told me later I was losing a lot of blood. The reason they had to amputate so high was due to the infection. It took almost five hours until I was finally given medical assistance."
More than 11,400 people have been injured or killed by landmines since 1990. Uncleared minefields remain an obstacle to development and resettlement in areas of Colombia.
A peace accord has ended the fighting but the countryside is littered with land mines and criminal gangs are growing reclaiming territories left by FARC demobilized rebels. Deming is one of the challenges this hopeful nation faces after five decades of Civil War.
Shot on assignment this month's issue of @natgeo 'The healing of Colombia' with text by Alma Guillermoprieto. Follow me @juanarre to see more about the challenges and changes Colombia is undergoing.
#postconflict #thehealingofcolombia #dailylife #peace #Colombia #peaceproces #landmines #medellin