An internally displaced child peers through from his home: a street market stall, El Charco, Colombia, July 7, 2007. Several hundred families were displaced from their farms in a coca growing region when the Colombian army and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, guerrillas exchanged fire on April of this year.
A navy officer walks over an armored Piraña boat used to fight guerrillas along the Tapaje river, Pueblo Nuevo, Colombia, July 8, 2007. Pueblo Nuevo, also known as Pulviza, was the scene of crude battles between the Colombian army and FARC guerrillas last April, leaving the town without a single resident.
The lone resident of Pueblo Nuevo looks towards the Tapaje river, Colombia, July 8, 2007. Pueblo Nuevo, also known as Pulviza, was the scenario of crude battles between the Colombian army and The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, last April leaving the town without any residents.
Awa indigenous women prepare food for their people in the village of El Diviso, Colombia, July 10, 2007. Thousands of Awa people have come down from their reservations to participate in what is called an identification process designed to assign ID cards.
A view of the town of El Charco, Colombia, July 8, 2007. The town has been become a refuge for thousands of internally displaced people from the region due to fighting between leftist guerrillas, the Colombian army and newly formed paramilitary groups. While the government troops try to keep order, illegal groups fight for control over the region’s valuable natural corridor to the Pacific Ocean, a major drug passage.
Carlos Villalon chronicles life along the river Tapaje and the impact of the drug conflict between the U.S. backed-Colombian military, FARC guerrillas and paramilitary forces.