Photo: Dejusticia
Food for trees: deforestation along the Caquetá River (Colombian Amazon)
Dejusticia, Amazon Conservation Team, Infoamazonía

Themes: Indigenous Rights, Indigenous Autonomy, Climate Change, Deforestation, Armed Conflict.

My role: Photojournalist.

Language: Spanish

You can explore the special report here:

This story map was created as a collaborative effort between three organizations with a shared interest in raising awareness about the growing problem of deforestation in Colombia following the signing of the Peace Accord between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas.

In October 2018, a group of three journalists, including myself, embarked on a trip to the Puerto Zábalo Los Monos indigenous reservation in the Colombian Amazon. Our mission was to report on the damaging "debt system," a legacy of the rubber industry, which forced the Murui Muina Communities to exchange their forested land for rice and beans.

Over the course of four days, we actively participated in an indigenous autonomy assembly that brought together at least eight Murui Muina communities. This assembly included a series of offerings and rituals, among them the Yadiko dance, a ceremony in which the indigenous people dance for the prosperity of the Amazonian trees, wishing them to bear fruit. This ritual was accompanied by the consumption of mambe (coca leaf powder mixed with liana leaves) and ambil.

The digital storytelling also encompassed the creation of interactive maps designed to allow readers to travel digitally into the heart of the Amazon rainforest through this journalistic reportage. In this endeavor, I was the photojournalist and visual editor.

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