Vinyl paint on MDF
105 x 700 cm
A054 - 0503
Retired soldier from the National Army of Colombia. Joined a the age of 19, remained in the group for 4 years.
This is the Mataje river. It separates Colombia and Ecuador, so it is like the frontier line. This is an area which has been planted quite a lot with coca…l was scraping coca leave in this area and they, that family was from Caquetá, and well, they had a very big farm: 2,3,4 more coca hectares and well it was quite a lot what was gathered…
The day the harvest ended and they took out the the coca base, they had some persons that were familiar to them, but it was they who ended up killing them …they stole all the merchandise (coca base); they killed the man (owner), raped his wife and cut the kid’s throat so that he would not talk or anything else…
Since the guerrilla was the authority, they came to take the bodies. They made some combatants and us civilians to carry them to the boat… we helped to get the bodies into the canoe and then the guerrilla took charge of the process, of taking them down to the town of Mataje.