It's a long list: dissident militias, paramilitary groups, drug traffickers, tensions in replacing coca crops, a deep institutional crisis, the struggle for power ... "The Pearl of the Pacific" continues to bleed, although the people want to believe in peace [...] The report of the Peace and Reconciliation Foundation states that the urban area of Tumaco remains, "one of the sad reflections of institutional and governmental neglect." Citizens of this area of the country live in "a context of basic needs pressing to be met", which added to the limited access to economic activities strengthens and encourages citizens's "recognition of the culture of illegality as normal, valid and even appreciated." Colombia Plural
Under the heading, 'Peace is Over', Colombia Report's Adriaan Alsema writes about renewed paramilitary activity in the area of Boyayá. "According to armed conflict website Pacifista, “the other groups” came Thursday in the form of the Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AGC), the descendant of the AUC, the group that killed tens of thousands and displaced millions between 1997 and 2006 and only partially demobilized under former President Alvaro Uribe.
The greatest threat to Colombia’s peace deal doesn’t come from the Left, but from right-wing paramilitaries. Should the paramilitaries continue unchecked, they will destroy this chance at peace and unleash a wave of terror such as has not been seen in Colombia for many years. If the current government is serious about building a more inclusive, equal, and democratic Colombia it is vital that they address this problem quickly — or they will live to regret their mistake. Jacobin