8 million – Colombia is the sad leader of internally displaced people worldwide.¹ Armed conflict, violent expulsions and environmental disasters lead to rural migration towards conurbations like Bogotá or Medellín.
In 2016, the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla signed a peace agreement in Havana.² Consequently, former president Juan Manuel Santos was awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize. For the purpose of reducing poverty and restoring peace, a media-effective construction project was adopted, providing 100,000 free apartments for war victims, displaced people and casualties of environmental disasters.
The housing complex ‘Pelícanos 3’ is situated in the periphery of Medellín, where criminal gangs dispute the territorial control. Conversations with residents offer insight into whether their situation changed due to the public aid program, what kind of implementation lacks they experience and which perspectives arise.
This work was created in cooperation with
Diana Paola Cabrera Rojas.
¹ Source: Registro Único de Víctimas (as of 31 March 2020)
² After all, the deal did not conclusively put an end to the armed conflict.