After so many years of abandon, the Colombia State under President Samper launches a military offensive, ostensibly to counter the guerrilla insurgency, but in reality it forcible displaced and dispossessed tens of thousands of poor afro-Colombian and chilapo1 farmers who were campaigning to have their communities’ collective land rights recognised under Colombian law.

Four years after fleeing from the Army and paramilitary offensive, displaced communities of the Cacarica basin return to found and settle the settlements of Nueva Vida and Nueva Esperanza

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Paramilitary Graffiti – “People’s self-defenses death to guerrilla collaborators” in the town of Pavarandocito.

Some two thousand displaced people fled the Cacarica region but were halted by the Army and corraled into an encampment, the access to which was controlled and watched-over by the troops.