San José de León, Colombia, November 2018Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download
16 November 2018, San José de León, Mutatá, Antioquia, Colombia: “The difference is in our everyday life,” says Joni Pertuz as he feeds a school of 300 Tilapia fish just outside his house. “To not have to get up at six in the morning and check the map to see where the enemy is. Now things have changed. We get up in the morning to look after our kids, to check on the animals that we have. But what has not changed is our sense of collective. We stay united.” Joni is one of some 10 families who have their own stocks of fish, apart from the community collective's larger schools of farmed fish. Following the 2016 peace treaty between FARC and the Colombian government, a group of ex-combatant families have purchased and now cultivate 36 hectares of land in the territory of San José de León, municipality of Mutatá in Antioquia, Colombia. A group of 27 families first purchased the lot of land in San José de León, moving in from nearby Córdoba to settle alongside the 50-or-so families of farmers already living in the area. Today, 50 ex-combatant families live in the emerging community, which hosts a small restaurant, various committees for community organization and development, and which cultivates the land through agriculture, poultry and fish farming. Though the community has come a long way, many challenges remain on the way towards peace and reconciliation. The two-year-old community, which does not yet have a name of its own, is located in the territory of San José de León in Urabá, northwest Colombia, a strategically important corridor for trade into Central America, with resulting drug trafficking and arms trade still keeping armed groups active in the area.
- Albin Hillert
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