" [...] the shortage of resources and personnel translates into long waiting times for the families of the more than 60,000 disappeared in Colombia, according to the report "Hasta encontrarlos" (Until we find them) of the Historic Memory Center, published in 2016. Pacifista
Because of its privileged geographical situation in a mountainous region, near the highway Medellín - Bogota, since the middle of the eighties, Granada was targeted by armed groups: guerrillas, the paramilitary, and the army. It suffered harassment, massacres, car bombs, displacement, military occupation, kidnappings and extrajudicial executions. Global Voices
Fic-Vic is a film festival for peace, created by Juvenal Camacho, and supported by local businesses and through the work of volunteers. It has shown 13 short films throughout Colombia, including in remote Quibdó, Pasto and other areas. "The objective is to make the festival visible showing that peace can also be built with few resources", says Camacho who travels Colombia with a briefcase full of films and the dream of having victims tell their own story this way. Pacifista
The United Nations warned last year that the local Afro-Colombian and indigenous populations needed "urgent" protection. Authorities say there are 6,000 people displaced and 7,000 confined to their homes in the surrounding Choco region for fear of violence.
"We cannot guarantee that the peace process will end the violence," says Luis Carlos Arce, governor of Alto Tumando, another settlement of displaced people.
"The violence of hunger, its impact on education and health -- that is not going to end."
In one of the regions most affected by the conflict, where guerrillas, paramilitaries and the Public Force have done untold things, something is beginning to change. In the square of El Carmen de Bolivar, epicenter of the Montes de María massacre, victims, armed actors, social leaders and peasants from all corners gathered in the the first Festival of Reconciliation. For Soraya Bayuelo, whose brother and a niece were killed by armed individuals -- Paras and Farc -- the warm afternoon of December 6 will be forever marked in her memory as the day of forgiveness.