In the name of “The Mothers of Soacha”, young graffiti artists painted the streetlamp posts throughout the centre of Bogota. The Mothers of Soacha are 17 women who have borne the loss of their children over the last four years. Members of the Colombian Army falsely presented their sons as members of the guerrilla killed in combat. In 2011, 8 members of the military received prison sentences ranging from 28 to 55 years for the deaths of two of the men that had been disappeared from Soacha (Cundinamarca). The remaining 15 mothers are waiting for justice to be done. According to the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights 2011 Report, the practice of extrajudicial killings has not been fully eradicated.
Photograph: Leonardo Villamizar