Déplacé.e.s, Colombia

Cúcuta, Colombia

2022

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Déplacé.e.s, Colombia, 2022

In December 2022, JR and his team continued his Déplacé.e.s project in Las Delicias, a community by the Venezuelan border near Cúcuta. Having previously highlighted the struggles faced by refugee children in Ukraine, Rwanda, and Mauritania, JR organized the fourth installation in Las Delicias, a neighborhood primarily made up of Colombians who have been internally displaced and Venezuelans who have fled their homeland.

With the help of the community, JR unfurled a portrait of six-year-old Venezuelan refugee Andiara, who crossed the border with her family in 2019. With over 200 children and adults holding her image, the community marched from the basketball court to the soccer field in their neighborhood. The procession lasted over an hour and concluded with a picnic around the eyes of four-year-old Santiago.

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Over 300 children from Las Delicias shared lunch together. They enjoyed sandwiches and a small performance from a local guitar player. 

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In the streets surrounding the picnic field, weathered Inside Out posters of some of the children are pasted in the community. A Group Action organized for World Refugee Day took place in May in advance of the procession. One hundred and sixty-two children participated in the Action; their portraits represent the diversity that exists within the neighborhood and celebrate the union and integration between the residents. 

©Maryam Rincón Jaimes Mónica Lialiana Peñaranda Gómez & Viviana Andrea Murillo Ruiz

©Maryam Rincón Jaimes Mónica Lialiana Peñaranda Gómez & Viviana Andrea Murillo Ruiz