They ask Duque to attend to poverty in La Guajira

In the image, the President of the Republic of Colombia, Iván Duque. Photo EFE

Seven young people from the department of La Guajira have been on hunger strike for almost a month to pressure the government of Iván Duque to take "urgent measures" against poverty and violence in that region of Colombia.

"We are asking the Government to negotiate ten components of fundamental rights and on that to propose a restructuring of public policies," said Luis Fernando Lobo, one of the spokesmen for these young people, who arrived this weekend in the central plaza of Bolívar de Bogotá, refers EFE.

Young people and several human rights organizations and defenders of indigenous rights, since it is the department with the largest indigenous population in the country, made a call to improve the health and education systems in this area and reduce the high costs of services public.

From the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC), Bibiana Díaz recalled that 5.000 children have died "due to state abandonment and hunger" since 2008, and 365 indigenous people have been murdered throughout the country after the signing of the peace agreement in 2016.

 

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