On Tuesday 1st August I woke up excited and enthusiastic: Gildardo Tuberquía, leader of the Peace Community was about to arrive to Bogotá accompanied by Operazione Colomba for meetings with the Diplomatic Corps. Continue reading Neo-paramilitary threats to the Peace Community continue
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