"Our firm resistance to acts and strategies of such criminal level has remained unbroken throughout these 20 years -- even if we've seen over 300 brothers, sisters and neighbors, our resistance has been our companion and we continue to be supported by people and communities from different countries of the world that are governed by ethical principles that seem incompatible with the iniquity of our State. We will be eternally grateful to them". El Tiempo
We cannot forget the past that threatens to repeat itself: The tragedy of the systematic murder of so many people committed to social and political change which as know well must be carried out. All leaders in the region are need to become aware of these situations and together search for solutions.Monsignor Hugo Alberto Marín, Apartadó February 3, 2017.Las 2 Orillas
They arrived in Colombia on March 16 and will return on April 2. The post-peace era with the guerrilla, however important it may be, is not the main reason they are here. They've traveled, mainly, to support the Comunidad de Paz in San José de Apartadó, that on 23 of March celebrates two decades of existence. It is a space that the peasants of the region (Urabá in Antioquia) declared neutral space. Therefore, they do not even allow the presence of the Army.
One of the most cruel crimes of paramilitaries occurred there in February 2005, when a paramilitary commando of the Heroes of Tolová block, in collusion with some soldiers of the 17 Brigade, executed five adults and three children. El Espectador