"The Black people, as well as the Afro-Colombian Raizal and Palenqueros in Colombia have historically lived a situation of exclusion and racism that in today's day and age has become a humanitarian crisis that threatens our very existence." In April of this year, according to reports from our communities, we have suffered new mass displacements and confinements affecting thousands of our families, new murders, disappearances, kidnappings and reports of a resurgence of armed in San Juan, Alto Baudó and Río Sucio, Carmen del Darién in the department of Chocó; in the south of Bolivar, in the rural and urban areas of Tumaco and in northern Cauca, areas where FARC are concentrated," said the spokesman of the main Afro organizations. Entorno Inteligente
Marino Cordoba and Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli gave a presentation called “Peace and Human Rights for Afro-Colombian and Indigenous Peoples in Colombia” on Friday, Feb. 24 in Fayerweather Hall. Cordoba is an Afro-Colombian advocate for the Association for Internally Displaced Afro-Colombians (AFRODES), and Sánchez works for the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), which researches and advocates for human rights in the Americas. The Political Science department sponsored the lecture.
The lecture began with a short documentary called “The Silent Scream,” which showed the persecution of Afro-Colombians from 1996 to the present by the Colombian government.
Congressman Jim McGovern from Massachusetts’ second district, who had previously traveled to Colombia with Sánchez, introduced the two speakers. He condemned the United States’ past policies in Colombia and warned that the current Congress might cause more violence by refusing to support the peace accords between Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian government that were signed last November. McGovern encouraged the audience to ask representatives to support the peace accords. Amherst Student.
From Cali, African-American actor Danny Glover has called for Colombia's peace process to continue. The renowned actor and director was at Icesi University Thursday, where he spoke with EL TIEMPO, stressing that "the country must turn the page." "Anyone who wants to defend war has something wrong with their humanity, and I am sure that the majority of Colombians, whether direct victims of the conflict or not, prefer peace than war. As Gandhi said: 'An eye for an eye and the world will go blind'". El Tiempo