In Colombia more than 1,300 environmental activists and local and Indigenous community leaders have been killed since 2016, many of them defending their land against mining, logging, and drug trafficking. The 2016 peace accord with rebels was meant to end bloodshed but left a power vacuum in the former conflict zones, where criminals and elites vie for resources and profits, threatening community leaders who challenge them.
"As long as there is no social equality, we will continue to resist and defend our way of existence in our territory”, says Fanor Mulcué, a Nasa leader of the Guardia Indigena.
They’re defending their land—and paying with their lives
Since a 2016 peace deal, nearly 1,300 Colombians living in former guerrilla territories have been killed resisting mining, logging, and drugs.
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Desde 2016, 1297 líderes comunitarios han sido asesinados en Colombia por resistir la intervención de desarrolladores y cárteles de la droga.