Paul Smith

Quibdo, Department of Choco, COLOMBIA

A mother washes clothes as her daughter watches on in Villa Espana, a settlement for displaced families on the outskirts of Quibdo, the capital of Choco Department. Right-wing paramilitary groups displaced thousands of peasants from the Choco-Uraba region in the north of the country, taking possession of their land and mounting front companies to manage large-scale agro-industrial projects which later received economic subsidies from the Colombian state. The systematic displacement and dispossession of Afro-Colombian communities in the Department of Choco began at the end of the 20th century with military operations carried out by the Colombian army supported by right-wing paramilitaries. The Afro-Colombian communities affected by the military offensive had been the first to be granted communal land tenure rights to their ancestral territories, but their forced displacement and subsequent absence has meant they have never been able to enjoy those rights granted them by the Colombian courts.

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Paul Smith
Quibdo, Department of Choco
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