The armed conflict in Colombia has been going on for nearly half a century now. The FARC guerrilla movement and the paramilitaries carry on an unending struggle for the control of territories of economic interest, areas where there are mines and where coca, the basic ingredient for cocaine, is grown. The inhabitants of the countryside, the poor and farmers, are merely in the way. They are driven off their land and become refugees. As this is being written, it is estimated that Colombia has at least three million internal refugees.
This story is part of Via Panam, Kadir van Lohuizen’s project about migration in the Americas.