Colombia’s Hidden Killers: Part 1/2 (Documentary)

Colombia’s Hidden Killers: Part 1/2 (Documentary)


KRISHNA ANDAVOLU: When you think
of land mines, countries like Afghanistan, Sudan, Iraq,
and other conflict areas around the world might
come to mind. But Colombia is one of the most
affected countries in the world, too. Because for the last 50 years,
there’s been a roiling conflict between leftist Marxist
guerrillas and the Colombian government. And even though there are peace
talks happening right now in Havana, the legacy of
decades of war are literally sewn into the soil. So we came to Colombia to find
out how this nation is dealing with this ongoing, violent,
and brutal problem. Since 1990, there have been over
10,000 land mine victims in Colombia, the second most
in the world behind Afghanistan. Many victims are poor farmers
and ranchers who live in regions controlled by the
guerrilla or other narcotrafficking groups that
operate in the country. But the Revolutionary Armed
Forces of Colombia, or FARC, has been the government’s
main enemy. And even after over $5 billion
in US military aid, around 7,000 FARC soldiers are holding
off over 300,000 Colombian troops by surrounding
themselves with land mines– [EXPLOSION] KRISHNA ANDAVOLU: –their
strongest line of defense. FARC has been around
for five decades. And what began as a Marxist
people’s army fighting against capitalist imperialism has
devolved into a guerrilla force that threatens the very
people it originally sought to protect, because of the
thousands of land mines they’ve buried in
civilian areas. JORGE HUMBERTO JEREZ:
[SPEAKING SPANISH] [EXPLOSION] JORGE HUMBERTO JEREZ:
[SPEAKING SPANISH] KRISHNA ANDAVOLU: Over the last
six months, FARC leaders have been negotiating peace with
Columbia’s government. But even as they talk about
ending hostilities, there’s no ceasefire in place. These negotiations could yield
a transformative moment in Colombian history. The government is even trying
to rebrand the country as a vacation destination, not just
a hotbed of violence. But the scars of 50 years of war
and 50 years of land mines can’t be so easily erased. Victims of the conflict, who
have lived with war for most if not all of their lives,
have little faith in the peace process. We’re headed to Florencia,
which is in the southern region of Caqueta. Caqueta is a red zone, an active
combat area, that since the late ’90s has not only been
a stronghold of FARC but has also been infiltrated by
right-wing paramilitary groups, too. So we’re going to meet civilians
who have been caught between the crossfire and have
been victims of land mines. [MUSIC PLAYS] KRISHNA ANDAVOLU: Land mines
can be found all over Colombia, especially in the
country’s three mountain ranges and dense jungle,
where the guerrilla like to hide out. Many of these areas can only
be accessed from a single point of entry, so all it takes
is one set of land mines to protect hundreds of acres
of territory and foil any Army advances. KRISHNA ANDAVOLU: Ignacio Gomez
is an investigative journalist who’s been reporting
on the conflict for over 20 years. He’s been targeted for
assassination five times, including a personal
threat from cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar. And even he thought it
was crazy that we were heading to Florencia. KRISHNA ANDAVOLU:
It sounds scary. You’re making me scared
to go there. KRISHNA ANDAVOLU: Caqueta is
one of Columbia’s most dangerous regions because coke
production has shot up there by 80% over the last
few years. It’s basically FARC land. And what’s more, drug cartels
and their militias control much of the region as well. ANA DARNELLY
CUELLAR:[SPEAKING SPANISH] KRISHNA ANDAVOLU: In Columbia’s
remote areas, it takes hours to get proper
medical care for major trauma. And the risk of infection for
land mine wounds is high, especially because many of these
land mines are homemade bombs, filled with things like
feces and battery acid. So if you’re lucky enough to
survive a mine blast, you’ll likely suffer lasting effects
of the injury. JAMIE SANCHEZ:
[SPEAKING SPANISH] JAMIE’S MOTHER:
[SPEAKING SPANISH] JAMIE SANCHEZ:
[SPEAKING SPANISH] JAMIE’S MOTHER:
[SPEAKING SPANISH] JAMIE SANCHEZ:
[SPEAKING SPANISH] JAMIE’S MOTHER:
[SPEAKING SPANISH] KRISHNA ANDAVOLU: Yeah,
she’s very brave. How does she feel now? JAMIE SANCHEZ:
[SPEAKING SPANISH] JAMIE’S MOTHER:
[SPEAKING SPANISH] [MUSIC PLAYS] KRISHNA ANDAVOLU: Yesterday
we met a few land mine victims in Florencia. And one thing they all shared
in common was that they were displaced by the violence. After they stepped on land
mines, they moved out of the countryside to the relative
safety of the city. But today we’re going to head
into the guerrilla-controlled countryside of Caqueta to meet
a few land mine victims who are still living in an
active combat area. Columbia counts 3.7 million
internally displaced people and 380,000 refugees that have
fled the country entirely, giving it the dubious honor of
having the highest number of displaced people in the world,
beating out countries like Afghanistan and Syria. Entering FARC-controlled areas
is risky, especially for journalists. Our driver charged us double
and would only spend a few hours out there. He refused to stop the car for
more than a few minutes. We met up with Francisney, who
lost his leg on the side of the road years ago. FRANCISNEY CHAUX:
[SPEAKING SPANISH] KRISHNA ANDAVOLU: So can
you show your leg, the prosthetic you have? FRANCISNEY CHAUX:
[SPEAKING SPANISH] KRISHNA ANDAVOLU: A week later,
we learned that a soldier lost his leg by stepping
on a land mine that was just feet from
where we were.

100 Comments on "Colombia’s Hidden Killers: Part 1/2 (Documentary)"


  1. FARC is solely a cocaine army now. PERIOD. No more ideological beliefs, no more true ideals. Communism is a failed experiment. Let's face it folks, the Soviet Union was formed at the end of World War One…It took a country of people that were rich and poor, and turned them all poor. The people of Columbia do not want a communist system. It's why the FARC guerrillas have never been successful at recruiting. Now most of the guerrillas are just there for a job, hoping to get rich off a kidnapping or from the good graces of a drug lord.

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  2. The main problem in Colombia is not the guerrilla but the corrupt goverment that we´ve been having for generations. Goverments filled with stupid or criminal presidents.

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  3. My dad is Colombian and he came to America In his 20s and met my mom and had me. I want to visit Colombia someday with my dad and uncles with my son. I was told to be careful by my aunt when I visit because some people in Colombia would view me and my son as white and I guess they view white American people as rich and would kidnap you till your family pays a lot of money. She told me this almost happen to my cousin when he was 5 years old and that it was a pain to get him back to America. Is it true what my aunt saying?

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  4. If you need an update to the topic, I made a short documentary about what`s going on now in the former FARC-Territory: https://youtu.be/-NyjsGq_Zo4

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  5. As a colombian this is very sad to watch. And then you see those motherfucker from the Farc, are smiling and happy, saying they have nothing to be sorry about, saying they don't have to apologize to anybody.

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  6. If land mines are what's stopping the Colombian Army from reaching the rebels, why doesn't the Colombian Military invest in attack helicopters like AH64's to eliminate the insurgent groups and shrink their membership size. Then create specialized units of explosive ordinance disposal to detect and diffuse explosives like the U.S does in Afghanistan? We've diffused probably thousands of explosives. And constant air attacks have dramatically decreased terrorist numbers. Not to mention those rebels are in jungle like terrain, away from civilians. The U.S eliminated 67,000 isis fighters in Afghanistan. Colombia should join the U.S in the war on terror, and the coalition forces will donate military equipment to eliminate the farc threat. Imagine, a peaceful south america. Beautiful jungle terrain that the world would thrive to see, and feel safe visiting. Mexico is also trying to do the same. The Mexican Federales eliminated 12,000 drug traffickers and placed 8,000 in prison.

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  7. Take a note Vice and American Liberals amd European Liberals too
    this is what left looks like they start from books and end up killing millions and millions of people
    vice you have always been a vocal supporter of Left i think this documentry you made must have changed your mind

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  8. Thank you FARC for giving us 60 years old of war, for making the entire world watch to Colombia as Jungle and no civilization. I dont blame narcos from the 90’s (Escobar, los hermanos Rodriguez Orejuela etc) , they are just the product of inequality and poverty

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  9. My countries so beautiful ahh brings me home. But on a real note almost all Colombians hate farc with a passion, along with the government because they simply don't give a fuck, some of the military/police officials do care but the politicians are the same ones pocketing money from the FARC, but most civilians are safe, the corruption is very underground you wouldn't really see it if you didn't pay attention

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  10. As a kid i once met an african man in a changing room who told me he stepped on a landmine in Kongo.

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  11. this is about the victims? who fucking cares i want to see shit pop off. not talk to the fuckinh pussies that got one leg the whole time

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  12. Why the Fuck that music is being played while showing how a person was wounded by a land mine?

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  13. Wow. Land mines and the people who place them are insidious, i had no idea that it was such a central role in the FARC insurgency. I honestly used to harbor some sympathy for them but after seeing this, fuck em. Land minestrone a cowards weapon.

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  14. The FARC never desired to protect or help anyone. The same men they sought to install in power made the decisions that led them to plant those mines. Imagine if they had been given control of an entire country. Careful VICE your Communist bias is showing.

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  15. Don't have children you fucking idiots look where you live..!.. keep your dicks out of those dirty holes when you nutt. You're out of your minds if you think "love" constitutes a right to endanger children in such an environment.
    It's horrible and idiotic to think people just get pregnant and don't think to leave by any means necessary.

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  16. Never been to Colombia ,but would love too visit,I'm sure there's trouble if you look for it,and I know on those regions are dangerous,but over all Colombia seem to have a great freindly spirit

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  17. Wow I admire this woman how she saying the people do not give her a job because she's missing a leg I've seen people with less then that on disability and this woman is complaining because she wants to work and people are discriminating against her because of her missing leg..

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  18. The Colombian government and the guerrilla are the same shit, one robs money and makes trades with the guerrilla and the other one kills for fun. Take it from a teen who has migrated from USA to Colombia.

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  19. Every person using cocaine fuels these conflicts.
    If they taxed it, could that help?
    So sad to see people being harmed.

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  20. Wait, so they gave first aid to the injured civilian, but killed their own injured soldier?

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  21. Che was a criminal and murder. The FARC and people like Che fought only to raplace those in the power with themselves. Stupid foreigners prise this criminals as heroes….imagine fill the handmade mines with "feces and battery acid". Who will think on that??? Only an animal. It would be a criminal act place this devices against a military force but definitly it is crime to put it in a place where a 8 years old girl will find it???? Only when you see those injuries, only when you hear the scream and the cries of the victims of this bastards is when you understand why FARC, URNG and Che Guevara only deserves to be fight and to be bringed before justice.

    El Che fue solamente un maton y un criminal. Gente como el y las FARC lucharon no por el pueblo sino por ellos mismos, buscando reemplazar al gobierno actual por ellos mismo. Los extranjeros estupidos que alaban a estos delincuentes de verdad merecen que Dios los perdone porque no entienden lo que pasa en Colombia.

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  22. fucking organ harvesting from a helpless little girl fucking shit i cant stand shit like this. poor little girl

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  23. Even though she got injured and had plastic parts, she has smile on her face… She is really brave… Love her.

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  24. I love this song ..its sad but its speaks the truth … 🎼🎵🎶🎹🎤 7:26 Los caminos de la vida
    No son como yo pensaba
    Como los imaginaba
    No son como yo creía

    Los caminos de la vida
    Son muy difícil de andarlos
    Difícil de caminarlos
    Yo no encuentro la salida

    Yo pensaba que la vida era distinta
    Cuando estaba pequeñito yo creía
    Que las cosas eran fácil como ayer

    Que mi viejecita buena se esmeraba
    Por darme todo lo que necesitaba
    Y hoy me doy cuenta que tanto así no es

    Porque mi viejita ya está cansada
    De trabajar pa' mi hermano y pa' mí
    Y ahora con gusto me toca ayudarla
    Y por mi vieja luchare hasta el fin

    Por ella lucharé hasta que me muera
    Y por ella no me quiero morir
    Tampoco que se me muera mi vieja
    Pero qué va si el destino es así

    Los caminos de la vida
    No son como yo pensaba
    No son como imaginaba
    No son como yo creía

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  25. Pobre mi gente humilde son los únicos que sufren las verdaderas consecuencias de esta maldita guerra

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  26. If your government gets the support of the US government, you already know where the real terrorist elements reside: with the government, military, and paramilitary. Colombia is the launchpad of U.S. neoliberal interest in latin america.

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  27. IF THE GOVERNMENT CONTINUE TO SEND  MURDERERS TO KILL THOSE FACS WHO HAVE GIVEN UP ARMS TO REJOIN THE SOCIETY, SURLY THERE WILL BE NO PEACE. MAYBE THE FARCS SHOULD DO THE SAME TO THOSE WHO ARE KILLING THEM. AN EYE FOR AN EYE IS CRUEL BUT TRUE JUSTICE. AS A CHRISTIAN I AM IMPARTIAL.

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  28. 0:52 cute how they put take of the shittiest most colourful and "third world" looking parts of the city.

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  29. Ive been to columbia like 20 times and its very peacefull and nothing like he described it

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  30. Literally colombia is like every other country. Theres bad parts and good parts. No country is 100 percent safe. Colombia has came a long way and is a very peaceful/beautiful place. Nothing to be afraid of. Know your surroundings as if you were anywhere else. Colombia is seen as so negative and dangerous when its nothing of the sort, So sad.

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  31. I don't know if I'm dumb but wouldn't dropping a rock on it activate a land mine? So what if they go on a plane and drop a bunch of rocks and activate them all

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  32. what shit of advertising the VICE have for the BR public. The one that show up before the videos.

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  33. FUCK THE AMERICANOS,,,,,,,,, CIA HELPING SUCKING BLOOD OF POOR CLOMBIENS FARC WILL SURVIVE THE CAPITALISTIC LIES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  34. The world over is same..we Nagaland holding peace deal with India for twenty two years not fruitful yet.butwe hope to overthrow someday as god is with us..I pray for Columbian .

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  35. Farce you all motherfocker are a joke, in 20 years not accomplish nothing. Only pain in the innocent people

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  36. I find it funny that communists and capitalists fight considering jews are behind both capitalism and communism

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  37. We also have that in the Philippines. We call them NPA or New Peoples Army. Before they were heroes in some part of our country because they protect the minority people in their territory but now they are already a menace to our society…they are extorsionist and corrupt….they became the people they hated the most.

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