Portraits

Feb 3, 2020

Faces of Valle del Cauca department, from ex guerrilleros to writers, from social leaders to artist.

There are too much diversity in this colombian region, which population oscilates the 4,3 million people, not counting the persons which visit this part of Colombia from all over the world, either for its salsa music, places or food.

Janer Achito Mejía, a 20-year-old former member of the National Liberation
Army (ELN), graduated as an operator of the transformation of aloe vera. He
did this through a program sponsored by the Colombian Agency for
Reintegration, ARN, offered to 27 former guerrilleros in Toro, a municipality
of Valle del Cauca department.
Janer Achito Mejía, a 20-year-old former member of the National Liberation
Army (ELN), graduated as an operator of the transformation of aloe vera. He
did this through a program sponsored by the Colombian Agency for
Reintegration, ARN, offered to 27 former guerrilleros in Toro, a municipality
of Valle del Cauca department. September 27, 2019.
Pablo Campos, 64, whose left eye has cataracts, is former guerrillero of the
FARC’s mobile column Teófilo Forero, considered one of the most feared
structures of that extinct armed group. Toro, Valle del Cauca department /
April 22, 2018.
Pablo Campos, 64, whose left eye has cataracts, is former guerrillero of the
FARC’s mobile column Teófilo Forero, considered one of the most feared
structures of that extinct armed group. Toro, Valle del Cauca department /
April 22, 2018.
Taliana Ocampo is a 6-year-old girl who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy, SMA, an orphan disease which does not allow her to walk, stand or digest
properly.
Taliana Ocampo is a 6-year-old girl who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy, SMA,
an orphan disease which does not allow her to walk, stand or digest
properly. Palmira,
A transgender woman participates in a march in the city of Cali to demand
more guaranties in Valle del Cauca department, specially to avoid trans
people murders. January 21, 2019.
A transgender woman participates in a march in the city of Cali to demand
more guaranties in Valle del Cauca department, specially to avoid trans
people murders. January 21, 2019.
Christmas celebration in February in Quinamayó town, Colombia. February
16, 2019.
Christmas celebration in February in Quinamayó town, Colombia. February
16, 2019.
Jeison Aristizábal, CNN Hero 2016 and founder Disabled Association of
Valle del Cauca, Asodisvalle, which bring opportunities to that kind of people
in the department.
Jeison Aristizábal, CNN Hero 2016 and founder Disabled Association of
Valle del Cauca, Asodisvalle, which bring opportunities to that kind of people
in the department. November 8, 2019.
Hernán Lozano suffered more than 140 fractures after a crash of an elevator in the Justice Palace of Cali, where two people died in August 15, 2018. Due to the injuries that Lozano suffered around his right eye, he has to apply drops to soothe the pain. May 24, 2019.
Hernán Lozano suffered more than 140 fractures after a crash of an elevator
in the Justice Palace of Cali, where two people died in August 15, 2018.
Due to the injuries that Lozano suffered around his right eye, he has to
apply drops to soothe the pain. May 24, 2019.
Mary Grueso, one most important female writer of Pacific region in
Colombia. August 22, 2019.
Marino Córdoba, social leader of Chocó department and director of National Association of Displaced Afro-Colombians, Afrodes. Due to his work, Córdoba have been threatened several times. October 11, 2019.
Marino Córdoba, social leader of Chocó department and director of National
Association of Displaced Afro-Colombians, Afrodes. Due to his work,
Córdoba have been threatened several times. October 11, 2019.
Erneldy Cuero, social and afro leader of Valle del Cauca department.
Erneldy Cuero, social and afro leader of Valle del Cauca department.
Duanner Potes, a barber who specialize in hyperrealist hairdressing in the
city of Cali. January 27, 2019.
Duanner Potes, a barber who specialize in hyperrealist hairdressing in the city of Cali. January 27, 2019.
Duanner Potes, a barber who specialize in hyperrealist hairdressing in the city of Cali. January 27, 2019.
A boy takes part of a student protest in Cali. August 21, 2019.
A boy takes part of a student protest in Cali. August 21, 2019.
Edgar Herrera and Yolanda Hernández, husbands known as The Kings of Bolero and Son, are important figures of salsa dance in Cali, consider the capital of that music genre in the world. December 17, 2018.
Edgar Herrera and Yolanda Hernández, husbands known as The Kings of Bolero and Son, are important figures of salsa dance in Cali, consider the capital of that music genre in the world. December 17, 2018.
A woman attended the Turban Festival, a key garment in the Colombian Pacific culture. August 3,2019.
A woman attended the Turban Festival, a key garment in the Colombian Pacific culture. August 3,2019.

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