Paul Smith

Department of Antioquia, COLOMBIA

Two women read a graffiti slogan that reads 'People's self-defence forces, death to guerrilla collaborators' left by right-wing paramilitaries 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. 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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