A creative writing workshop with young people from the Villa España neighborhood, where the majority of the population has been displaced from the Colombian Pacific.

May 2016

During May 26th, 27th and 28th a team of nine Chicas Poderosas and Chicos traveled to Villa España, northern zone of Quibdó, Chocó to work with women and young people from the group Ajodeniu – Asociación de Jóvenes Displazados. Since 2002, this organization has worked to defend the interests and rights of young people, adolescents and children displaced from Choco, Rio Sucio, Bojayá and Urabá in Colombia through artistic and sports training processes.

We chose the phrase El Pacífico Cuenta because the stories of this region of Colombia are relevant to the context of the country, memory and history, but also because they tell us situations that are rarely shown in the mass media.

The day began with a joint exploration and brainstorming of stories. The clear response from the young people indicated that the most important issues ofVilla España were mainly displacement, gender issues, armed conflict and environmental concern. From a series of practical talks and workshops led by mentors of Chicas Poderosas, we worked on the treatment of image, sound and text as ways to explore the narration for catharsis.With the opportunity to work as a team with the community of Villa España, journalists, designers and photographers, we have again opened a space to share knowledge and promote creativity so that magic can happen. And we say magic because while we were doing our plan of teamwork and went out to do a small exercise of reporting with the neighbors it was noticed that even if you are in the middle of the jungle with few technological conditions, making it impossible not to love this project so much and its meaning for those who participate. The young people who attended saw another way, not only to tell stories – our initial goal – but also a new way of knowing their reality and of getting out of this internal conflict that overwhelms reality in Colombia.

 

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Laura Cadena,  Eliana Vaca  Eduardo Briceño,  Lia Valero, Maria Paula Martinez , Juan Camilo Chaves, Mayra Báez , Alejandro Gómez Dugand