FOR Peace Presence began November with an accompaniment of Julia and Sophie to El Tamarindo. The community welcomed a delegation from the US Presbyterian Church with whom they shared their struggle for land restitution. They updated the delegation on the relocation process and the current threats they are facing in Barranquilla, meanwhile the Presbyterian Church reaffirmed their support for the implementation of productive projects in the community.
At the same time, Laetitia and Adilah went to La Esperanza, one of the settlements of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, where people from different places displaced, being afraid of paramilitary threats. The Peace Community denounced these paramilitary incursions in their territories and denounced he existence of a blacklist of these paramilitary groups in which also the name of a member of the Peace Community appeared, and a pamphlet of the paramilitary group Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia, which was left in several houses in the morning of November 11.
The displacement of Asotracampo Tamarindo is currently underway. Riot police, bulldozers, and a group of civilans armed with machetes have started demolishing the homes of local families; the vast majority displaced from other regions by Colombia’s armed conflict. These families have nowhere to go and their human rights and dignity as individuals and as a community of subsistance farmers are being violated.
This photo is of our team observing as city officials and the riot police arrived this morning.