Operations Genesis and Cacarica: In the face of terror, a resistance story
The Bajo Atrato region, in northeastern Colombian, has been particularly hard hit by violence and the armed conflict. According to the Victims Unit, the registry for this area includes close to 429,820 victims of forced displacement, dispossession, selective murders, and other victimizing acts. One of the cruelest events that marked forever the history of the Atrato River’s Afro-Colombian communities occurred in the Cacarica river basin. Between the 24 and 27 of February 1997, Operation Genesis was executed. It was an offensive led by General Rito Alejo del Río, then commander of the Army’s 17th Brigade, in coordination with the United Self-defense Forces of Colombia (Elmer Cárdenas Bloc) paramilitary group, and under the pretext of taking back control from the FARC-EP guerrillas. In parallel and through joint operations with Military Troops, the paramilitary group called the Peasant Self-defense Forces of Córdoba and Urabá (ACCU), initiated Operation Cacarica, crossing the Atrato River until they invaded the Salaquí, Truandó, and Perancho river basins.
Continue reading “We Returned and Here We Are: We Are Genesis”
There is abundance in the Pichimá Quebrada reservation, located on the shores of the Bajo San Juan River. There are medicinal plants to cure the sick, fruits and crops to Continue reading The Pichimá Quebrada Wounaan Community Asks to Return to its Territory
Internal forced displacement is a global disaster. The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) reports an ever-increasing and worrying figure which is greater than the total worldwide number of refugees: 65.6 million people are in a situation of forced displacement due to armed conflict, persecution, violence and human rights violations. Continue reading Leaving their homes to save their lives
Throughout over fifty years of armed conflict and many other social, political and cultural conflicts, internal displacement continues to be a systematic violation of human rights in the Colombian context. Continue reading The dark history of stolen land
La Larga Tumarado Collective Territory of the Black Communities
At 11 o’clock in the morning it is hot in the Biodiversity Zone of La Madre Union, in La Larga Tumarado river basin. Continue reading Return to La Madre Union