From Nikki Drake, accompanier in the Peace Community San José de Apartadó.
For children growing up in a conflict zone, they’ve never known anything different. Armed soldiers, military helicopters, gunfire, and explosions are part of daily life. So naturally, ‘holiday season’ in the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó is no different. One young boy from La Unión depicts his image of the holidays, including the common scene of the FOR team and community members watching military helicopters flying overhead.
As the old year turns to new, the image remains the same. In just the first weeks of 2015, despite a ceasefire by the FARC, military operations continue throughout the zone where the Peace Community is located. Military presence and heavy helicopter traffic remain part of daily life. As the months pass and Peace Talks continue, only time will tell if next December brings drawings of a different kind of holiday scene. Hopefully a drawing of Colombian peace won’t just look the same.