, after more than fifty years of armed #conflict
, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (#FARC
) accepted a peace accord and agreed to hand in #weapons
. As peace was restored, the country discovered how female guerrillas with the #Marxist #rebel
group had been treated: over five decades of fighting and struggling to survive in the jungle, they had been banned from having children. Any #pregnancy
that did occur had to be terminated, or the newborn child abandoned. With peace in the country, hundreds of #female #FARCfighters
chose to bring new life into the world, and the result has been a “baby boom” in the #jungles
. The new #mothers
, some yet to enjoy complete freedom, have been learning to fit into society, and they too have been born into a new life.
's reportage explores this in her photo essay "Colombia: (Re)Birth." Exhibited at #visapourlimage
, pictured is an image from the visual essay. The caption of the above image: Dayana, now 33, was 15 when she joined the #guerrilla
forces, leaving behind her four-month-old #baby
. After 19 years without any news, she found her son and her family. Dayana chose to leave the camp to live with her partner, Jairo, in his late father’s home. She wants to farm the land and start a new life.
Photo © #CatalinaMartinChico
Winner of the 2017 #Canon
Female Photojournalist Award