|Caqueta, Colombia: In the ranks of the FARC (Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia), Colombia’s largest guerrilla insurgency, many of the combatants are teenagers and children. Often they have joined the rebels because parents or family have been massacred by right-wing paramilitaries. Others join to escape a childhood of poverty, exploitation and/or physical and sexual abuse at home. © Donna De Cesare, 2002.
De Cesare, a faculty member in the photojournalism program, has traveled to the most dangerous corners of Colombia to document the effects of ongoing violence in the country. Her work, featured by the Crimes of War project, was winner of an award from the National Press Photographers Association.