Monday, 1 February 2016


“A photo of our life in Cali, once a week, every week, in 2016”

We went for a wonderful hike through tea plantations a few weeks ago. It was just what we needed – fresh air, wonderful landscapes, and to be surrounded by nature again. Colombia has amazing landscapes – however, nature in my country tends to be perceived as a dangerous place where bullets of the different parties in conflict fly and hit their human targets, where crime hides, where anti-personnel mines explode and many bodies are buried in mass graves or not buried at all. 

It is a shame, and that’s why this photo of Sophia connecting with nature in Colombia is so special to me. Sophia will be part of a new generation of Colombians that will know a peaceful country. This generation will need to rebuild Colombia engaging forgotten regions that suffered decades of violence; it would be the generation that needs to leave behind hatred, without forgetting what happened in these five decades, to lay the foundation of a democracy that addresses and respects individual differences; a generation that needs to promote sustainable development in a dynamic, equitable and fair way in order to avoid creating again the conditions for violence; a generation that needs to offer opportunities for reconciliation to the ones that took up arms and caused terrible pain… This generation faces the challenge of building a Colombia at peace with itself but without forgetting that this needs to happen in one of the most mega diverse countries in the world.

Last year’s  4/52 photo.

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