More than half a century of civil war in Colombia left a sinister legacy of landmines and other artisanal explosives. They’re found in 50% of the country’s municipalities. They’ve been used since the 1990’s, mostly by the FARC, the ELN and the paramilitary groups. As a weapon, landmines are unique. They’re not made to kill, but to mutilate, dismember and generate fear… The only weapons activated by the victim, they strike every actor of a conflict as well as civilians, decades after hostilities have endend.
Although the peace agreements has been signed by the government and the FARC-EP, a huge task lies ahead for Colombia. The country must still regain control of its territory and support more than 10,000 victims and their families. These steps are essential to heal the wounds and maintain the newly acquired peace.
Montreal-born Alexis Aubin is a documentary photographer based in Bogota, Colombia. After earning a degree in Social Sciences, he started photographing in Mexico in 2006. Since then, has been reporting on social issues in North and South America for newspapers and NGO such as Vice, La Presse, Le Devoir, Embassy News, United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) and Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA). His work aims to explore the diversity of lifestyles, as well as the impact of systematic pressure and conflicts on civilians.