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31.05.2017

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After more than fifty years of civil war, FARC guerillas and the Colombian government have signed a peace agreement. The fighters have left the years of hope and anxiety behind them. Federico Rios Escobar was the first photographer to visit the elite Front 34 unit before their demobilisation.

“I spent many weeks in the camps of Colombia’s revolutionary fighters (FARC) over the six years I’ve been working on the subject. With time, staying in the camps became safer, though the danger of land mines or having an encounter with a paramilitary troop was still there. But the real danger was to be accused of being a FARC member or collaborator. Colombian society has difficulty understanding the role of the press in this conflict. I really hope that everything will turn out well.”

You can find further photos from Federico Rios Escobar in
LFI 4/2017.
Photo: Charlie Cordero

Federico Rios Escobar

Colombian-born Federico Rios Escobar has been working as a photo journalist in Latin America for over ten years. His emphasis is on social issues. His first photo book, The Path of the Condor appeared in 2012, and Fiestas de San Pacho, Quibdo in 2013. In 2014 he took part in an Eddie Adams workshop in New York. He posts pictures regularly on the instagram project @everydaymacondo.

www.federicorios.net
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