"Resistance Unarmed": Colombian Communities Building Alternatives to War
"Resistance Unarmed" profiles three communities located in Colombiaâ€™s northern UrabÃ¡ region:
- Cacarica: an Afro-Colombian community that was initially displaced to the coastal city of Turbo and has since returned to their home territory along the Atrato River
- The Balsita Community of Life and Work: A community near the town of Dabeiba that has chosen a strategy of survival based on principles of nonviolence despite the violence that surrounds them
- San JosÃ© de ApartadÃ³: In 1997 residents formally declared themselves to be the Peace Community of San JosÃ© de ApartadÃ³ and since 2002 the FOR has maintained a permanent accompaniment presence in the settlement of La UniÃ³n
The exhibit frames the communities' nonviolent resistance within the context of the conflict and challenges people to reexamine stereotypes associated with Colombia while inspiring them to be in solidarity with Colombians working for peace.
- Betty Udesen is a staff photographer for the Seattle Times whose work has been honored by the Associated Press, National Association of Black Journalists, and the Society of Professional Journalists. See more of Betty's work
- Eros Hoagland is a freelance photographer whose work has appeared in major magazines and newspapers throughout the world. See more of Eros' work
- Jutta Meier-Weidenbach studied photography in Berlin, has worked as a freelance photographer for German publications and Mexican human rights organizations, and is the former coordinator of FOR's Colombia Program.
- John Lindsay-Poland has been director of FOR's Task Force on Latin America and the Caribbean for more than 15 years. John is co-founder of Peace Brigades Internationalâ€™s Colombia Project and author of Emperors in the Jungle: The Hidden History of the US in Panama (Duke, 2003)
- Carin Anderson served as a FOR human rights volunteer in San JosÃ© de ApartadÃ³ in 2002.
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