Kevin Canas Quitumbo was 13 years old when shrapnel from a land mine ripped through his left leg, up his torso and all the way to the back of his skull. That was five years ago. His doctors are still working to repair the damage.
"In January and February I have to go back to the hospital," he says. "The doctors are going to put additional metal rods into my foot."
Canas stepped on the mine during a protest for indigenous rights in the southwestern region of Cauca in Colombia. He was with a group of friends, and they wanted to get to the front of the march. So they ran off the main road to cut ahead.
Kevin Canas Quitumbo was 13 when he was injured by a land mine five years ago.
The blast sent him into a coma, and he was hospitalized for months. Canas is still going through surgeries to try to regain mobility in his left leg and foot.
"After the accident I was in the hospital for four months," he says. Mines are strewn all over Colombia — a legacy of more than 50 years of fighting between the heavily armed, well-financed FARC rebels (also known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) and the government. Both sides used mines, although the military says it has cleared the explosives it planted defensively around bases.