Photograph by @juanarre (Juan Arredondo)
In February 2000, when members of a paramilitary group massacred townspeople in El Salado, one victim was Miguel Ángel Contreras. His father, Jesús Contreras, has not visited El Salado since. Now 86, blind, and deaf, he lives with his daughter in Cartagena.
The killing of El Salado lasted six days from February 16 to 21 of 2000. By the end, 66 people were killed and the remaining 4,000 residents fled, joining more than 2 million other internally displaced Colombians at the time.
After 52 years of internal conflict, this hopeful nation seek a lasting peace and new opportunities.
Shot on assignment this month's issue of @natgeo 'The healing of Colombia' with text by Alma Guillermoprieto. To see more about Colombia or to learn more about the changes that are taking place.
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Cartagena De Indias, Colombia