1st Prize 新たな生活を求めて
In Search of a New Life Photo by Yannis Behrakis / Reuters
Aristides sailing in a boat, the mobility is essential for FARC. During the last 52 years since their initiation, they have existed cautiously in the jungle, sleeping in makeshift beds, changing locations every two nights and walking long distances marching in the rainforest. jungles of Colombia
The rebel group feels the overflight of an aircraft. Everything is put on hold and the atmosphere is tense for fear of heavy bombings. Even in the midst of negotiations bombs are a constant threat. Several FARC leaders have been killed by the Colombian government bombing their locations.
Female FARC rebels sit and watch while the men play a soccer match against civilians. Women speak about their dreams of how life will be after the negotiation with the government.
A couple of FARC fighters take a nap after lunch in the forest. They are always on the move, sometimes they do not even have time to settle a tent or a hammock. To avoid being detected, light and noise at night is strictly forbidden.
A guerrilla member uses a public telephone to call his family. Some time ago it would have been impossible to think of this type of communication since all communication was strictly monitored in order not to filter information or to disclose group positions.
These two FARC soldiers have makeshift tents together, they both lost their legs in landmines and now they have to wear prosthesis. Colombia is one of the countries with more number of landmines in the world.
FARC rebels ride horses to reach the secret path in the other shore, rivers are used frequently because they left no traces. For civilians in lots of Colombian places FARC are the ones to call to solve local problems as private property limits, debts and other social issues.
Residents of a small village gather to hear the FARC talk. They are welcomed to share their views on the on-going peace process. Communities are used to the presence of the FARC. The community associates guerrillas with security, safety and control in their territory, abandoned by the Colombian government.
Pedro Baracutao, chief of 34th front of FARC and his girlfriend Policarpa dances during Pedro´s Birthday party in a rebel camp.
FARC woman on her tent preparing everything to go to sleep in the middle of the jungle. She carries a computer with satellite connection used to get access to communications with other FARC members and also reads daily news from the negotiations in Havana
Daniela and Alonso, two FARC fighters care each other while resting after the lunch in the forest. The FARC live in an environment of hope and stress of war, knowing every minute might be their last.
A guerrilla fighter lost his right leg in a landmine in the north of Antioquia. Nevertheless he received clandestine medical treatment and a prosthesis, at the moment continues carrying out functions like guerrilla member.
Rebels react while they learn the "Referendum for peace" results. The NO won with 51% against the YES. Some politicized ideas among Colombians and the lack of knowledge the world has about FARC looks like a stone in the path to achieve integration into society of FARC´s people.
Vanessa carrying her baby Manuela of just 30 days born in the FARC camp. She hopes to be one of the first female guerrillas to raise her daughter. Previously during the war years the guerrillas had to give away their children 15 days after being borned.
A rebel takes a morning coffee with a cigarette moments before the first formation of the day. Frozen in time, isolated in the jungles of Colombia some FARC fighters look like 50 years ago, in the times of Che Guevara.