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Lusdary’s Story

Colombia has one of the highest numbers of internally displaced people in the world, second only in rank to Syria. The long history of conflict over access to land in Colombia is illustrated well by the story of a woman we’ve met through our accompaniment work, named Lusdary. Lusdary and her family are originally from Pelaia, Cesar, but were displaced from their farm there in 1996 when Lusdary was just 17 years old, due to violence from armed groups in the area. Forced to find a new place to restart their lives, they eventually moved to a patch of untitled and abandoned land about three kilometers outside of Barranquilla, to a community called Tamarindo. There, along with approximately 130 other families, Lusdary and her family began to grow enough food to sustain themselves. There newfound sense of calm was short lived, however, when in 2007 the Barranquilla Zona Franca (the …
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