dima
  • Days of hunger in Bogotà

    During the Covid-19 emergency, the main problems in Colombia were hunger and evictions. The health emergency revealed a situation of extreme poverty in which most of the population lives. Most Colombian workers live in an informal economy, without health care, and earn the bare minimum not to starve. With the arrival of the pandemic, they found themselves completely deprived of means. Many families in the suburbs of Bogotá have hung red clothes on the windows to signal that they have nothing left to eat in the house. As victims of physical hunger, many people began to break the curfew to go out and try to find something to eat for their families. With the crisis, inequalities have increased. My photographs illustrate daily life in the suburbs of Bogotá during the pandemic. The isolation I represent is that between government and citizens, the abandonment of institutions and the lack of alternatives. Most Colombian employment is informal, it is workers, sellers and artisans who earn day by day the bare minimum for the needs of their families, without any social parachute, health assistance or the right to unemployment. No aid, apart from the delivery of food to associations and volunteers, will have been provided to marginal areas of the capital. 361 people, including women, children and the elderly, belonging to the indigenous group Embera Katio, originally from the Pacific coast of the country and displaced by the Colombian armed conflict, found themselves living in the streets. Evacuated several times for the police, they finished to occupy abandoned buildings and resist police attacks. The violence caused several injuries and the abortion of a pregnant woman, struck by the police. The Embera Katio currently live in a field in the middle of the city center, they still hope that the authorities respect their rights as victims of the armed conflict in Colombia. More than 500 Venezuelan migrants remained stranded north of the city. Venezuelan migrants are today the most precarious part of Colombian society. Lost the means to pay for housing during the pandemic, they were forced to return to Venezuela on foot. The Colombian authorities have blocked several hundred people in the north of the city for reasons of public order. Without any other means, they were forced to sleep for several weeks in makeshift tents, without drinking water or health assistance.