THE FORGOTTEN WAR
 
Choco is a region in Colombia where the major number of african-colombian population lives as well as many indigenous tribes, although the region is one of the richest in natural resources is also has the greatest numbers in poverty in Colombia. From Quibdó it’s capital to Istmina there are almost 150 KM in a very deteriorated road. Most of the transportation in Choco, is made by the many rivers it has. This story was made from in the “Bajo San Juan” municipality that has many little communities and is crossed by the river of the same name Bajo San Juan. The major town is called Andagoya the last outpost of regular police and army forces; down San Juan is FARC, ELN and paramilitary territory.
 
 
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A farmer is seen travelling in his boat as they enter the town of Nuamana, this town has no electricity, running water, or any presence of the Colombian armed forces or state authorities, it’s run by community leaders, and is an area with influence of FARC and ELN.
A Little girl is seen in one of the few streets of the town of Nuanama, where all people live from agricultural activities in the area. Coca leaf growing was one of the main crops that gave work to the farmer but since November last year, the Colombian national police has been fumigating the area from airplanes causing damage to other crops and health issues of the inhabitants.
A farmer is seen in the middle of a decaying corn field near Nuamana town, Coca leaf growing was one of the main crops that gave work to the farmer but since November last year, the Colombian national police has been fumigating the area from airplanes causing damage to other crops and health issues of the inhabitants.
A girl walks in the middle of the Nuamana cemetery.
Provisions to the town of Nuamana come through the San Juan river the only way of access from Istmina that connects through a road to Quidbo, Chocó’s capital.
The great natural resources are amongst many is wood, which provides a way of income to the inhabitants of this village (ELN controlled town undisclosed location)
Men wait outside the community center of Nuamana town, where a meeting of the community takes place. The difficult situation of work in these towns makes a good place for recruitment to guerrilla groups.
Sipi town has become really important in the region due to it’s exploitation in gold mining, although the town is controlled by the Colombian National Police and surrounded by the National Army, some combats with ELN have presented in the area. The mining legislation in Colombia is still unclear due to the control of the mines of different illegal armed groups such as FARC, ELN and BACRIM (paramilitaries).
The indigenous tribe Wounaan in the village of Union Wounaan, with great influence of FARC, many of the Young men have joined the FARC guerrilla due to lack of work opportunities. Women try to sell in Istimna their traditional hand made collars.
The indigenous tribe Wounaan in the village of Union Wounaan, in this village there is no presence of the state, or electricity nor running water, the indigenous tribes are the most affected by disease and for the consequences of the fumigation of the national police.
In the image a sick boy with his mother, they have to wait for Red Cross or someone that can transport them to Andagoya where the nearest medical help exist, or to Nuamana where nuns also take care of the sick and injured. The indigenous tribe Wounaan in the village of Union Wounaan, in this village there is no presence of the state, or electricity nor running water, the indigenous tribes are the most affected by disease and for the consequences of the fumigation of the national police. 
An elderly woman of the Wounaam tribe stands in the streets of the village.
ELN members
A girl is seen walking through the wood houses of Nuamana.
Elderly people are seen in a meeting of the community in Nuamana.
An inhabitant of Nuanama community.
A woman is helped by policemen to a medical center.
Spanish nuns and colombians nuns are the few that help this community
A boy works in wood one of the main natural resources of the the Choco region,
A house that take care of abandoned elderly people in Choco, a mirror of the oblivion of this region by the Colombian State
The Forgotten war
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The Forgotten war

ELN controlled territory
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