Published on 3rd May 2016

Al otro lado (on the other side)

  • Colombian teenagers cross the San Miguel River to Ecuador. This is the natural border between Ecuador and Colombia. The other side of the river is FARC territory.

  • Children play with balloons on the main street of Puerto Nuevo, Ecuador. This small village is located on the border with Colombia in the Amazon rainforest.

  • Doña Carmen Teresa, "la paisita", sits in her sewing room. She has a small wooden house in Puerto Nuevo, Ecuador. Her main income comes from renting three rooms in her house. The most expensive costs $30 US Dollars per month.

  • Children play in front of a mural that depicts the language differences between Ecuador and Colombia. The mural is painted at the only school of Puerto Nuevo, a small Ecuadorian village located on the border with Colombia.

  • Johana and Carmen Teresa rest on a bed. They are both Colombians who were forced to flee to Ecuador due to the violence in their home country.

  • "El gordo" sits in the kitchen of his house in Puerto Nuevo. He is 13 years old and was born in Colombia but due to violence coming from the armed conflict in his homecountry, he and his family were forced to cross the San Miguel River and flee to Ecuador.

  • Men play billiards in a bar in Puerto Nuevo, Ecuador. This bar is on the banks of the San Miguel River overlooking FARC controlled territory in Colombia.

  • A couple kisses in a bar. With only around 500 inhabitants, Puerto Nuevo has at least five bars and five churches.

  • A man passes by an Jehova Witnesses church in Puerto Nuevo, Ecuador. With only around 500 inhabitants, this village has at least five bars and five churches.

  • Doña Carmen Teresa, "la paisita" watches a Colombian soap opera lying in her house in Puerto Nuevo. She is a 63 year old woman who has spend most of her life living in Ecuador. She was forced to flee due to violence coming from the armed conflict between the FARC guerrilla and the Colombian government.

  • A boy climbs up his house at night in Puerto Nuevo, Ecuador. This is a small village founded by Colombian asylum seekers who were forced to flee their homes due to the violence brought by the armed conflict between the FARC guerrilla and the Colo,bian government.

  • Decorations on the walls of the Baldeón family in their house in Puerto Nuevo, Ecuador. This family was forced to flee their home in Colombia due to health problems caused by aerial fumigations performed by the Colombian government with the chemical glyphosate. The fumigation were used in order to combat marihuana and coca plantations owned or sponsored by the FARC guerrilla. People living in the border argue that these fumigations killed all their crops and affected their health.

  • The Baldeón family in front of their house. Leidy Baldeón, mother to both girls in the picture, was forced to flee her home in Colombia due to health problems caused by aerial fumigations performed by the Colombian government with the chemical glyphosate. The fumigation were used in order to combat marihuana and coca plantations owned or sponsored by the FARC guerrilla. People living in the border argue that these fumigations killed all their crops and affected their health.

  • A Colombian man wears a bright T-shirt in Puerto Nuevo, Ecuador.

  • A small boy takes care of his brother while their parents are working. The majority of children in Puerto Nuevo have Colombian parents but were born in Ecuador. Their families were forced to flee due to the violence coming from the armed conflict between the FARC guerrilla and the Colombian government.

  • Doña María tries to fix her dentures. She is an 80 year old Colombian woman who was forced to leave her homecuntry due to the violence coming from the armed conflict between the FARC guerrilla and the Colombian government.

  • A boy approaches his father in their small restaurant in Puerto Nuevo, Ecuador.

  • A girl rests on the table while having dinner in Puerto Nuevo, Ecuador.

  • A boy passes by a pile of garbage burning on the streets of Puerto Nuevo, Ecuador. This small town is located on the border with Colombia in the Amazon rainforest. It was founded by Colombians fleeing armed conflict between their government and the FARC guerrilla.

Al otro lado (on the other side)

Social Issues, Contemporary Issues, Documentary

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  • colombia
  • refugees
  • asylum
  • seekers
  • everyday life
  • village
  • rainforest
  • poverty
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