Forced displacement has torn apart towns and communities throughout Colombia. Especially during the last three decades, the country experienced a mass exodus of people seeking to escape the horrors of war, resulting in around eight million victims. Forced displacement is not a dynamic limited to rural regions of the country. It also affected large capitals, intermediate cities, and small municipalities. Locating the areas that suffered the most from forced displacement is part of the challenge of understanding the effects of the use of terror in the midst of the conflict.
Conflict Urbanism: Colombia has contributed to discerning the spatial effects of forced displacement in two stages: in 2016 - during a pivotal moment marked by the signing of a peace accord between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla - Juan Francisco Saldarriaga developed a groundbreaking interactive map to illustrate the spatial extents of forced displacement across the country. In 2022, Juan Sebastián Moreno expanded this work, updating the information in the map and adding new angles of analysis to connect the flows of victims of displacement to other violations to Human Rights across the country.
Multiple data visualizations, produced in collaboration with Colombia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, add nuance and spatial detail to the intricate geography of forced displacement in the country.
Using a simple particle system, this video animation illustrates every single reported forced displacement in the country from 1985 to 2015, and provides a clear idea of the spatial and temporal evolution of the conflict.