To live in peace
Christian Aid presents an exhibition of photographs by Philip Jones Griffiths from Magnum Photos, one of the world's leading photo agencies for social documentary and current events.
Colombia has suffered a civil war for the past four decades. Contrary to popular perceptions, the war is not just about drugs. Behind the drugs war, another war is being waged between the right and left wing illegal armed forces, both struggling for control of the land.
Colombia's 'dirty war' claims thousands of civilian lives every year and involves the systematic abuse of human rights, violent evictions, massacres and torture. The rural poor are the worst affected and the most vulnerable, and in the last two years, over half a million people have been driven from their homes. Civilians who dare to seek peace and justice, and uphold the principles of human rights put their lives at risk.
Christian Aid supports work in around 60 countries worldwide, to enable poor people, regardless of race or religion, to help themselves.
In Colombia, Christian Aid works through local organisations to help thousands of internally displaced people meet their basic needs. Just as important, it supports them in their search for peace, justice and dignity in the midst of war. Christian Aid also supports the efforts of Colombian organisations to secure an adequate response by the government to the crisis of displacement.