Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Colombia + FARC + Navaja = ugh oh




Oh the joys of wishing I was back in Colombia...why? Just because. I haven't been back to Colombia since 1994!!! Anyways, so every now and then I hear things that are going on back at the motherland...today is no different *sigh*.

Now I don't know the full story behind FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia) but from what I hear and read on the news, doesn't seem very good. Established in 1964 as the military wing of the Colombian Communist Party, the FARC is Colombia’s oldest, largest, most capable, and best-equipped Marxist insurgency. The FARC is governed by a secretariat, led by septuagenarian Manuel Marulanda (a.k.a. “Tirofijo”) and six others, including senior military commander Jorge Briceno (a.k.a. “Mono Jojoy”). The FARC is organized along military lines and includes several urban fronts.

It was actually last July when Ingrid Betancourt, french-colombian politician, was set free and months later more and more hostages were set free.

Anyways, I just got wind about an indigenous tribe in Colombia (yes they still exist) that is getting caught up in all this mess. While FARC was at war with the ELN guerillas, the Awá indigenous group was dead center...then they ended up missing.

According to GlobalVoicesOnline.org:
On February 9, indigenous organizations and Nariño governor Antonio Navarro, a former M-19 guerrilla fighter himself, denounced the murder of 17 Awá people. Over the course of the next few days, the killing of another 10 people, who were fleeing the first attacks, were reported leaving the death toll at 27, with dozens more abducted.
Sigh. But what are you going to do. Every country has their problems, Colombia's just so happens to be "war". I'm sure China or Madagascar aren't 100% happy right now...random I know. Anyways, 2010 maybe????
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