Paul Smith

Department of Antioquia, COLOMBIA

Men unload mattresses supplied by Oxfam from a truck in the village of Pavarando. The village hosted a refugee camp populated by thousands of Afro-Colombian families who were forced to stop there by the Colombian army after being displaced from their homes in the Salaqui area of the Lower Atrato River region. 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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