Archive - Dec 21, 2011

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COLOMBIA: Garzal's President, Reverend Salvador Alcántera, Forced to Flee for His Life

On Friday, December 9th, shortly after Salvador was warned that armed actors wearing balaclavas had come looking for him, Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) Colombia accompanied Salvador and his family safely out of the Magdalena Medio region. CPT has accompanied Garzal and Nueva Esperanza's struggle to remain on their lands for more than four years.

Salvador's situation is not exceptional. In Colombia leaders of millions of  campesinos (small farmers) seeking to remain on their land or return to the lands from which they were displaced are more likely to be killed than  receive state protection and titles to their lands that would guarantee their safety.