Massacres, selective assassinations, population displacements. The violence shakes Colombia with an atavistic force, five years after the peace agreement with the FARC and in a crucial electoral year for the country. In the municipality of Buenos Aires, in the department of Cauca, a community mourns the death of José Albeiro Camayo, another indigenous leader assassinated, and there are already ten in less than a month.
The population says that they were FARC dissidents, who opened fire when Albeiro and other indigenous guards tried to expel them from the municipality.
“They shot the coordinator of the (indigenous) guard, Albeiro Camayo. After firing several shots at him, the man who had the rifle, alias “Paisa”, finished him off in front of the entire community,” says Giovanni Yule, another indigenous leader.
“He (José Albeiro Camayo) continues to be a leader who defended the community, who defended the territory and always what he said was to respect the territory. That was him,” says Neis Lame, another of his companions.
Second murder in ten days in the municipality of Buenos Aires
This murder is the second in ten days in the municipality of Buenos Aires. The previous one, which occurred on January 14, shocked Colombia, since the victim was a 14-year-old adolescent, who was also part of the indigenous guard.
“We are facing a genocide. Here are already 10 comrades, brothers and sisters murdered by this armed group (FARC dissidents) that has arrived in this territory and wants to take over the territory,” says Giovanni Yule.
Forced displacements, murders and disappearances
Without a unified command, the FARC dissidents, who broke away from the peace agreement, fight with other organizations a struggle for control of drug crops and the illegal exploitation of gold and other resources. In this context, the resistance of community leaders is annoying. Hence almost 1,300 have been killed in the last five years.
In another department, Arauca, on the border between Colombia and Venezuela, the clashes between the ELN and the FARC rebels are leaving thousands of people displaced and many missing along the way.