ELN members arrive to an afro-Colombian community in the shores of the San Juan River. For almost two decades this area has been controlled by FARC, ELN and paramilitary forces.
A woman walks in the dry up shores of the San Juan River; the intense summer has caused a drastic reduction of the levels of the river, which is the main communication with the communities and their source of livelihood.
The San Juan River communities are located in the Choco region; one of the regions with more rain per year in Colombia, but that has no running water in most of the communities. People use river water for their entire domestic uses even as drinkable water.
A woman sits in the front of her home. Most of the population of the San Juan River is afro-Colombians and indigenous communities that live in small villages through the various tributaries rivers of San Juan. Only the presence of some nuns that serve as emergency responders and of sporadic missions of the CICR and the CRC (Colombian Red Cross) are the only access of health care to the communities.
A man prepares his shotgun for hunting in front of his house. The communities live from the natural resources of the region, due to the isolation, they don`t depend so much of products brought from elsewhere.
Energy services are non-existent in most of the communities down the river some families have their own gas generators and become the sole servers of energy services, as TV, refrigeration, charging cell phones, for the families in the communities.
An ELN female member stands inside a house in the vicinities of the San Juan River, most of the fighters are from the region, young afro-Colombians and indigenous men are part of the ELN fighting force in the region.
ELN members walk near the shores of the San Juan River area where they operate.
ELN member of the area talks to community leaders before liberating an alleged ex FARC- fighter that had return to his community without previous authorization.
An ELN member rests inside what used to be a FARC unit camp, which left weeks before in accordance to the peace implementation agreements with the government.
ELN members prepare to leave the camp of the FARC group of the area, which left weeks before in accordance to the peace implementation agreements with the government.
ELN members move through the San Juan River the only way of communication between the communities of the San Juan River.
A villager cuts wood, after most of the coca plantation were eradicated, wood is increasingly becoming the other option of work for the communities in the shores of the San Juan River, without any control it increases the environment impact in the area.
Wood is left in the shore waiting for the levels of the river to grow so it can be transported, sometimes wood rots in the shores. Armed groups are the only ones that are controlling this activity in the area.
Kids come back from the San Juan river were they carry water for their domestic use.