VISUAL COMMUNICATION AS A PEACE-BUILDING TOOL. The struggle of Colombian social leaders
The Peace Agreement between the Colombian government of Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in 2016 was a great triumph for Colombia. It gave hope and empowerment to Colombians, especially to the victims of more than sixty years of conflict. It opened the door to dialogue, to forgiveness, to the search for justice and a compensation for the consequences of impunity and violence. Nevertheless, even after the agreement was signed, a social leader is assassinated in Colombia every four days. Up to now, there are 734 cases.
On the other hand, it was a blow to some legal and illegal sectors that held the control over lands and natural resources for decades and that, even after the Peace Agreement, they needed to confront the rights demanded by the people and supported by the law. Thus, the war began once again. However, what is really behind this systematic genocide? The answer? The large-scale consumption of palm oil, cocaine, and mining all over the world. Moreover, there also is an enormous culpability of the mass media at the national and international levels.
Defending people with such incredible strength and courage equals motivation; they should be national heroes, not stigmatized, persecuted, and murdered. It is for them that this project was created. Consequently, I wonder as a Colombian, as a professional in visual communication and, above all, as a human being, what I can do about it? It is the starting point of this journey called a Master thesis project.
- Paloma Lopez; Jiri Oplatek; Aylin Tschoepe
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