A small village called El Placer, which means “the pleasure” in Spanish, had been occupied by guerillas and illegal paramilitary fighters during a 49-year-old conflict throughout the region. While under occupation, the village became the site of rape, torture and violence against women on a massive scale.
June 8, 2013 A schoolgirl walks home in El Placer, where farmers grew coca — a cash crop like no other, which produces a bright green leaf central to the production of cocaine. Rebel fighters in the area began to tax farmers and traffickers. That brought paramilitary groups, who undercut the guerrilla’s support by massacring villagers. Paul Smith/For The Washington Post Buy Photo