Indigenous Peoples at risk of extinction in Colombia

BY DIANA MENDOZA FOR DEBATES INDÍGENAS

Although the demographic and sociocultural vulnerability of Colombia's Indigenous population is often attributed to the ill-fated times of the conquest and colonization, their gradual disappearance continues relentlessly amidst the urban diaspora, the long internal armed conflict, forced displacements, loss of territories and the lack of guarantees for their rights to autonomy, self-determination and self-government. In recent decades, the spiral of violence on the Indigenous peoples’  territories allows us to speak of a deliberate extermination as a strategy for the appropriation of their natural resources for extractivism and drug trafficking with the complicity of the State.

Painting: Carlos Menendez

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