WFP Solidarity Collective

P.O. Box 6078

Minneapolis, MN  55406

June 19 | report

July 19 | urgent action

demand an end to forced displacement in buenaventura, colombia

Just within the past month, confrontations between paramilitaries - largely between groups known as Bustamantes and Urabeños - have threatened the physical, social, and economic health of Buenaventura residents in the following ways:

  • Over 200 families were displaced in early July from the Alberto Lleras Camargo community. They have begun returning to their homes without guarantees of safety. 

  • Paramilitaries have struggled to retake control of the first, groundbreaking urban Humanitarian space, Puente Nayero. Leaders of the community have received multiple death threats.

  • In Bajo Calima, the Indigenous community Santa Rosa de Guayacán has been confined to their land - unable to travel for school or economic activities - following the murder of an Afro-Colombian woman in the area. This community has a history of multiple displacements despite precautionary measures ordered in 2011 by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

  • A young student, Juan David Vivas Ramírez, was killed in the crossfire near the Alberto Lleras Camargo community on July 1st.

  • This same day, 10 masked armed paramilitaries were stationed in front of the home of Luis Yasmani Grueso, who also has precautionary measures granted by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. He has National Protection Unit protection, but this is not sufficient to meet the risk he faces.

  • Just today, July 26th, Carlos A. Tobar, a member of the Civic Strike Committee, was shot six times in his home. He has been rushed to the hospital for treatment.