The peace process with the FARC guerrillas has brought hope, but since their demobilisation, other illegal groups have taken control of rural territories, which has engendered a new cycle of attacks against communities, human rights defenders and civil society leaders. Continue reading Reconfiguration of the armed conflict in the midst of the peace process
It is the fifth day of our accompaniment in the Peace Village of the San Jose de Apartado Peace Community in Mulatos, the same place where on 21 February 2005 eight people, including three children, were massacred. Continue reading A panorama of Mulatos Peace Village
The earth is very fertile in the mountains around San Jose de Apartado and since the seventies, when migrant farmers colonised these lands, bringing with them the seeds of the first cacao trees in this part of Uraba in Northeastern Colombia, this became cacao territory.
Maria Brigida stands on her tiptoes to try and reach the rolls of canvas kept on the top shelf in her house. Continue reading Doña Brigida’s fifty years of perseverance
Causes for concern are the wave of assassinations and the serious situation of risk that human rights defenders, social and political leaders are facing in Colombia and the rise of the neo-paramilitary phenomenon in Colombia during the beginning of the post-agreement phase of the peace process.