Bombed building from Red Zone violence, Caldono, Cauca, Colombia.
The geographical areas with greatest vulnerability in the Colombian armed conflict have been the indigenous and Afro-Colombian territories, located in the coastal and southwestern regions rich in natural resources. In 2016, Alternative to Violence Project (AVP) workshops began in the Nasa indigenous community in Caldono, Cauca, a former Red Zone of armed conflict.
“Caldono is north of Cauca, south of Colombia. It is a strategic region for armed groups below the law. Because of this, we are victims of this armed conflict. We want people to understand this. It is not that we are a Red Zone, but it is because of our geographic location, which allows these groups to move in this land,” explained Omar, a local leader and AVP participant.