Nilo: Communities next to Colombia’s largest military training base –  Impressions from my first accompaniment

Life and Death in Buenaventura: A Continuing Story of Forced Displacement

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Written by Pendle Marshall-Hallmark, FOR Peace Presence accompanier, 2/17/2017

The day I arrived in Colombia to begin my new position as an international human rights accompanier, the decaying, mangled bodies of Afro-Colombian community activist Emilsen Manyoma Mosquera and her partner Joe Javier Rodallega were found on the outskirts of their Buenaventura neighborhood. A few days prior, the couple had been kidnapped by a group of people allegedly pertaining to one of the strongest neo-paramilitary drug-trafficking groups in the country, called “Los Urabeños“.

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Emilsen Manyoma Mosquera, prominent human rights activist in Buenaventura, was kidnapped and then killed.


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Vida y muerte en Buenaventura: una persistente historia de desplazamiento forzado

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Escrito por Pendle Marshall-Hallmark, acompañante internacional de FOR Presente por la Paz, el 17 de febrero del 2017.

El día que llegué a Colombia para empezar mi nuevo trabajo como acompañante internacional, los cuerpos degollados y descompuestos de la lideresa afrocolombiana Emilsen Manyoma Mosquera y de su compañero Joe Javier Rodallega fueron encontrados en las afueras de Buenaventura. Unos días antes, la pareja había sido secuestrada por un grupo de personas supuestamente vinculado a uno de los grupos neoparamilitares narcotraficantes más importantes del país, llamado “Los Urabeños”.

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Emilsen Manyoma Mosquera, lideresa reconocida de Buenaventura, fue captura y asesinada


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Neoparamilitaries- what’s so new about them?

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Written by Thomas Power, international accompanier of FOR Peace Presence.

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AGC grafiti on the poster with the Peace Community’s principles.

I currently live in a village called “La Unión” as an international accompanier and observer in the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, located in the mountains of northwest Colombia. Normally, mornings consist of me making coffee while reading the paper and greeting campesinos (small scale farmers) on their way to work. On the morning of September 6th however, there was a tense apprehension behind the “buenos días”, as the community had received news that armed neo-paramilitaries had entered the neighboring village. The neo-paramilitaries were threatening the people living there, including Peace Community members, so the community was organizing volunteers to go verify the situation and make their presence felt.


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Neoparamilitares – ¿qué más de nuevo sobre ellos?

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Escrito por Thomas Power, acompañante internacional de FOR Presente por la Paz.

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Grafiti de Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia (AGC) sobre la valla con los principios de la Comunidad de Paz, abril de 2016.

Actualmente vivo en la vereda La Unión como acompañante y observador internacional en la Comunidad de Paz de San José de Apartadó, ubicada en la región montañosa del Noroeste de Colombia.

Normalmente mis mañanas consisten en hacerme un café mientras leo las noticias y saludo a lxs campesinxs en su camino hacia el trabajo. Sin embargo el día 6 de septiembre, se sentía una tensa preocupación detrás de los “buenos días”, ya que la comunidad se había enterado que neoparamilitares armados habían entrado a la vereda colindante. Los neoparamilitares estaban amenazando a lxs habitantes, incluyendo miembros de la Comunidad de Paz. Decidieron entonces organizar a voluntarixs para ir a verificar la situación y mostrar presencia.


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Nilo: Communities next to Colombia’s largest military training base – Impressions from my first accompaniment

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Written by Kati Hinman

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Kati Hinmann on her first accompaniment, to Nilo.

Kati Hinman joined the FOR Peace Presence accompaniment team on the 2nd of December. Originally from the US, Kati has previously worked in the Dominican Republic, Bolivia, and Peru, primarily with youth. She is passionate about survivor-lead efforts to end violence, and is excited to work with FORPP and learn more about the peace process and human rights in Colombia.

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Visit of the Inspector General to Mesa Baja, Nilo.

On December 6, I traveled with Maren, our team coordinator, to accompany the field visit of the new inspector general. He is responsible for running the Committee to review compliance with the Sentence from June 2013, which stated that the community is vulnerable to violations of their fundamental rights by the military base. He had planned the visit in order to orient himself to the situation in Nilo before they hold their next meeting.


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