<$BlogRSDURL$>
: : : nostress ~ sidelinks : : :
welcome, to the lab of the zeroheroes ! here, in 0 time & 0 style, we'll try to serve you some interesting ressources, statements, manifests, study's, archives and other stuff that might help you to get . . . totally lost!

image (c) Bert Lezy
0

Friday, November 04, 2005


An Activist Left Behind 


By Kari Lydersen

Building peace in Colombia was the focus of the international conference in Chicago where Orlando Valencia, an Afro-Colombian activist, was invited to speak about his community’s struggle to defend its land from agribusiness interests and paramilitary forces. He never showed up.

Valencia was representing Jiguamiandó, a “peace community” that has declared itself neutral in the country’s ravaging civil war and has no alignment with either right-wing paramilitary or left-wing guerrilla factions. Displaced by violence in 1997, the community won the right to return in 2000 under collective land rights granted to Afro-indigenous people. But during their absence the land had been illegally planted with African palm, as part of a large-scale palm oil export operation. Since then, the community has been struggling to claim their land while paramilitaries continue to protect the illegal agriculture, which poses a serious threat to the surrounding Choco rainforest.

A week before he was to leave for Chicago, Valencia was denied a visa, for the second time, by the U.S. Embassy in Bogata. Fed up with the process, he started the long trek back home. A group of fellow Colombians and international observers accompanied him.

An Activist Left Behind -- In These Times



Comments:

Crazy Gifts GREAT BLOG! I will be back!
 
Post a Comment







take me
::: to the top :::
::: to the lab-archives :::
::: to the :::nostress::: homepage :::
::: to the :::nostress::: archives :::
::: to the pics :::

www.flickr.com
photos in Situationism More photos in Situationism

Acronym Finder

Acronym or abbreviation to find:



0 linking 0
Blogroll Me!

Powered by Blogger