GUERRA Y COCAINA EN COLOMBIA

A local narcotics trafficker displaying pure cocaine. All the different armed groups who take part in the conflict within Colombia benefit financially from this market in some way.

GUERRA Y COCAINA EN COLOMBIA
A local narcotics trafficker displaying pure cocaine. All the different armed groups who take part in the conflict within Colombia benefit financially from this market in some way.

When combatants lay down their weapons, it’s merely the beginning of peace. The harder task, especially in a conflict that has dragged on for decades, it to find social peace. The Spanish photographer Alvaro Ybarra Zavala found that to be the case in Colombia, where lawmakers last year approved a peace accord with the FARC rebels. Not only does each side have its own grievances, he said, but there often are vastly different perceptions of the conflict, with people living in bustling cities unaware of the hardships facing their countrymen in remote areas. “People have grown up in this monologue of fear and have not considered the other realities of the conflict,” Mr. Ybarra said. “It’s like their memories have been held hostage. They lived parallel lives. My friends in Bogotá had no idea what was happening in other parts of the country, and vice versa. Neither knew the problems of the other. That silence terrified me.”