Pitacapacho and the teaching of seeing strong people and dedicated to the work of the field. All this despite the violence that once hit them in the mountains of María.
Before continuing with the rest of this experience; I want to apologize for not being constant in the update of elviajedeljaguar.com. The month of October has been very busy for me. I have had a couple of extensive trips through rural Colombia. The internet connection on these sites is a disaster. If some of you follow me on my social networks on instagram and facebook you will have noticed that I was on the north coast of Colombia and the center of the country for the whole month.
I tell you then that the experience in Pitacapacho; it was thanks to the Puntos de Encuentro Foundation of the artist Juan Manuel Echavarría. He has been recording and knowing firsthand the reality of this country. He currently has a series of photographs and videos called “Escuelas Vacías”. He has taken the trouble to visit abandoned schools because of the war. Well, this experience has to do with one of those schools that he found on that tour through the mountains of Mary; Fortunately, this school, which at the time was practically destroyed, there was a teacher who, with all her efforts and despite the difficulties, was teaching the children.
This is how they decided to start a work for the improvement of the structure of this school. This plan is currently being developed. This includes the improvement of infrastructure and the creation of a tank. The purpose is to collect the necessary water since in summer season months can pass without falling a drop of water.
What did I go to do to Pitacapacho?
The idea was to go and record one day in the life of one of the children of Pitacapacho. For this, he had to share a day with Jose who in the community is known as “El Pluma” and also with Jhoiner a boy who had come from Venezuela only a few months ago. They were our guides in this adventure.
Jose is a small 10-year-old boy who lives and studies in Pitacapacho. He is one of those characters who ride on horseback like nothing. You can imagine my experience riding a horse on those trails … He is one of those children who has a thousand questions about the things that happen in the city.
The truth is that beyond enjoying the landscape you had to tell a story and the way in which they have to overcome all these obstacles to get to school. Most of these roads were full of mud until they could not. The guilt that this is so is the tractors that will collect the production of the African palm that abounds in many farms in this region.
The fleas that stuck in my body, the fall that I hit the horse and the mud filled in my shoes made this experience had life.
The routine of a child to get to his school is more complex than I can show in the video. The abandonment of the State is practically a fact in this magical realism called Colombia.
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