Alert on displacement of indigenous peoples in Colombia

They demand that the government urgently prioritize humanitarian aid, health and education. Photo Prensa Latina

Senator Feliciano Valencia affirmed that after the assassination of the indigenous leader Luis Picasio Carampaima, ancestral communities of Alto Baudo ask the Colombian government for help due to the humanitarian crisis they are suffering, according to Prensa Latina.

Picasio Carampaima was beheaded last Thursday by members of the Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (also called Clan del Golfo) in the Colombian department of Chocó, in the northwestern part of the country.

After the murder, the Embera Dódiba people in a statement denounced the systematic violence and occupation of their original territories by armed groups that could force them to leave them.

«Nuestros territorios lugares antiguamente sitios de armonía ahora son campos minados por grupos armados que batallan por el control territorial», señala el texto divulgado en Twitter por Valencia, congresista del Movimiento Alternativo Indígena y Social.

They demand that the government urgently prioritize humanitarian aid, health and education, given the abandonment in which they live.

According to the registry of the Institute for Development and Peace Studies, with the assassination of Luis Picasio, 84 leaders and human rights defenders were assassinated in Colombia in 2021 alone.

Since the signing of the Peace Agreement between the government of Juan Manuel Santos, representing the State and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army in 2016, there have been 200.



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