In an area of Colombia terrorized by illegal armed groups, this mural stands out as a colorful beacon of tolerance and peace. Young people in Tumaco painted the community mural as part of a municipal human rights training initiative developed as part of Chemonics’ Colombia Human Rights Program. The program develops community leadership skills and promotes peace in the municipality.
The Colombia Human Rights Program works in eight Colombian departments to spread awareness among targeted populations where the abuses are most prevalent. The program partners with the government to institutionalize best practices in preventing and managing rights violations, builds the capacity of civil society groups to advocate for human rights causes, and uses the media to raise awareness about human rights. The project has created a documentary about discrimination against the LGBT community, produced radio spots on reparations available to victims of conflict, and helped to prevent forced child recruitment with an Afro-Colombian hip-hop group called Familia Ayara.
"In Focus" is an occasional series highlighting photos from Chemonics' work around the world.
Marisol Manrique is the communications expert for Chemonics’ Colombia Human Rights Program.