I hear Miyela’s voice, broken, desperate, barely able to speak the words she recorded at 3:47 in the morning at her house: “What is happening to my people in Buenaventura?”, asks the voice that breaks down into tears that shatter my heart, “what is happening to us?”. Continue reading Eighteen days of public protests show another side to Buenaventura
The Association for Social Research and Action (Nomadesc) has defended human rights in the port city of Buenaventura since 1999, when the Pacific and Farallones fronts of the Calima Block of the Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia (AUC) paramilitary group began staging incursions in the area, leaving a trail of crime, theft, displacement and forced disappearance in their wake, all the way from Cali to Buenaventura. Continue reading Buenaventura: Displacement for a Competitive Economy
On 13th April 2014, the Puente Nayero Humanitarian Space was created in La Playita neighbourhood in Buenaventura, marking the beginning of a new process which would bring hope and try to build a space, in an urban context, which is free from illegal armed actors. Continue reading Puente Nayero Humanitarian Space
Two years ago the inhabitants of a neighbourhood in Buenaventura took their destiny in their hands.