2019 Photo Contest, Contemporary Issues, Stories, 2nd Prize

Colombia, (Re)Birth

Photographer

Catalina Martin-Chico

Panos

28 February, 2018

Yorladis is pregnant for the sixth time, after five other pregnancies were terminated during her FARC years. She says she managed to hide the fifth pregnancy from her commander until the sixth month by wearing loose clothes.


Since the signing of a peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC rebel movement in 2016, there has been a baby boom among former female guerrillas, many living in the demobilization camps set up to help FARC members in the transition back to everyday life. Pregnancy was thought incompatible with guerrilla life. Women were obliged to put war before children, leaving babies with relatives or, some say, undergoing forced abortions—a charge FARC denies. 

About

Catalina Martin-Chico

Catalina Martin-Chico, a franco-spanish photographer, lives in Paris. She trained at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York, where she lived for many years. ...

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/50
Focal length
24 mm
F-Stop
f/2.8
ISO
4000
Camera
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

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