Paul Smith

Department of Antioquia, COLOMBIA

A woman sits with her children selling plantains in the village of Pavarando. The village was host to a refugee camp populated by thousands of Afro-Colombian families forced to stop there by the Colombian army after being displaced from their farmlands during a 1997 army offensive, Operation Genesis, backed by right-wing paramilitaries. 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 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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