This article asks how the presence of antipersonnel mines (APMs) changes the relationship between rural communities and their territory. We argue that the presence of APMs produces social effects that shape a sinister or inhospitable territory-becoming, i.e. its transformation into something that is both familiar and uncanny. This phenomenon supports the domination dynamics on the part of armed groups responsible for the installation of those artifacts. This article introduces the historical memory study carried out in three Colombian municipalities with members of associations of victims of APMs. The text concludes that the installation of these weapons, as a strategy of the armed groups to continue the underground war, does not only affect people victimized by such explosive traps, but profoundly changes the social sense of home that a given territory has for a local community.
- Antipersonnel mines
- Armed conflict