Remembering 21st February 2005

The memory of Luis Eduardo Guerra, Deiner, Bellanira, Alfonso, Sandra, Natalia, Santiago and Alejandro is alive.
On February 21st 2005, these 8 people were brutally slaughtered in the villages of Mulatos and Resbalosa (San José de Apartadò) by the army and the AUC paramilitaries.
In the main village of the Peace Community, Operazione Colomba volunteers share the days with the family of Luis Eduardo and Deiner.
The children, the sister, the grandchildren represent the blood family, but an entire community represents that family for which Luis gave his life: the family of nonviolent struggle, justice, respect and above all love.

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Eternal resistants

Malcom X says: ‘If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing’.
 The day-to-day reality, which is becoming more and more difficult with every passing day, is too complex to be briefly described. Or, it might be terribly simple, so much so that it becomes trivial. The whole population of Chocò and Buenaventura (the main Colombian port on the Pacific coast) has been on strike to denounce the complete lack of government will to face the dramatic situation concerning poverty and security, just to mention two of the main causes.
At one of the many protest marches of the last few days, a woman was seen holding a sign that read: ‘They have taken so much from us, even the fear’.
 In both regions, paramilitary groups have perpetrated new forced displacements and killed social leaders and human rights defenders after the Peace Agreement was signed.

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Protect International Human Rights Defenders in Colombia

Call to Action

The Colombian association Sembrando Paz promotes an appeal to ensure the safety and security of international volunteers of Operazione Colomba and guarantee their freedom to provide integral humanitarian accompaniment to the Peace Community of San José de Apartadò, Colombia. Sign it!

Sign the petition, here

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