Against the Tolemaida fort

Tierra Digna public announcement: Raid and theft of information from our offices

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On Wednesday, January 20th 2016, as we began our work day at 9:00am, the members of Tierra Digna discovered that unknown persons broke into our office and stole the computer of one of our organization’s founders. Despite having access to other parts of the office, other equipment, easy to carry property and valuable objects, the robbers’ actions were specifically directed at taking the computer in which we stored important information that is necessary to do our work.
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Tierra Digna denuncia ante la opinión pública asalto y robo de información en sus oficinas

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El miércoles 20 de enero de 2016, a las 9:00am al iniciar un nuevo día de trabajo los integrantes de Tierra Digna nos percatamos que en la noche anterior, personas desconocidas ingresaron a nuestra oficina y hurtaron el computador de una de las fundadoras de la organización. A pesar de tener acceso a otras partes de la casa, a otros equipos, bienes muebles y objetos de valor, su acción se dirigió específicamente a tomar el portátil en el que almacenábamos información importante para la realización de nuestro trabajo.
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Protecting the campesino way of life

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For over a century the villages of Mesabaja, Naranjala and La Yucala in Nilo have preserved the campesino way of life. Since 1954, the campesinos of Nilo have been threatened by the Tolemaida military base and more recently by mining on the Sumapaz river. Artist and Nilo community activist Milton S. Sanchez drew these maps of Nilo for the report: “Resistir en el territorio para proteger la vida campesina,” to show the devastating impact of militarization and extraction on the campesinos of Nilo.

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Proteger la vida campesina

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Por más de un siglo las veredas de Mesabaja, Naranjala y La Yucala en Nilo han preservado la vida campesina. Desde hace 1954, lxs campesinxs de Nilo han sido hostigadxs por la base militar Tolemaida y más recientemente por la minería en el río Sumapaz. El artista y activista de la comunidad, Milton S. Sánchez dibujó estas mapas de Nilo para el informe: “Resistir en el territorio para proteger la vida campesina,” para demostrar el impacto devastador de militarización y extractivsmo para lxs campesinxs de Nilo.


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Against the Tolemaida fort

Former FORPP accompanier Julia with poet and Nilo community member Milton S. Morales Sánchez

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Since 1954, the campesinos of Mesabaja, Naranjala and La Yucala in the community of Nilo (Cundinamaca) have lived through constant harrasment from the military base of Tolemaida. Their land was restricted, impairing the growth of important commercial crops, chiefly the yuca, the river has been contaminated, and the fish have practically disappeared. In addition, for two months one of the villages lost vehicular access because the base blocked the road. Nonetheless, every day the campesinos continue to defend their culture, keeping alive the practices that are part of campesino life in the region. One of the members of the community wrote this poem to summarize the recent history of Nilo and pass on a message of resistance.
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