Indigenous people in Colombia (I): Between the massacres, displacement and drug trafficking

The main clamor of the communities affected by this escalation of crime is respect for their ancestral rights and the attention and protection from their government

Killings of indigenous people at record levels

Violence worsens during the pandemic in several of the countries that are among the most affected in the region. The main clamor of the communities affected by this escalation of crime is respect for their ancestral rights and the attention and protection from their governments.

Nariño: capital of coca, arms trafficking and illegal mining

The department of Nariño, to which this indigenous people belong to, is on the Colombian border with Ecuador. It is one of the sectors with the largest extension of coca cultivation, some 36,964 hectares, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Indigenous people are seen as a hindrance

The also director of the Minga Association maintains that companies are very uncomfortable with the consultation process that they must carry out to intervene in indigenous territories.

Massacres and COVID-19: Serious threats to indigenous people

In Colombia, legal and illegal extractive industries, drug trafficking and armed groups have not stopped their operations during the pandemic.

Forced displacement

According to the former president of the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC), Armando Valvuena, displacement, a product of land dispossession, historically harms indigenous people, ‘mestizos’ (‘half blood’ in English) and Afro-descendants on Colombian soil.

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