Colombia: Embera people strike deal for return of usurped lands 鈥攁s terror continues

After hundreds of Embera Cham铆 and Embera Kat铆o indigenous people from Colombia’s departments of Choc贸 and Risaralda marched in Bogot谩 July 11, the city government met with their leaders and brokered a deal for them to return to their lands which were usurped some 10 years ago by paramilitary groups. Under the deal, the some 70 Embera families are to return to their lands within 60 days, accompanied by a delegation from the national government to assure their security. (Radio Caracol, El Espectador, Bogot谩, July 12) But just days earlier, Embera leader Jos茅 Vicente Jarupia Domic贸 in Los Canales de Tierralta community, C贸rdoba department, was assassinated in a hail of bullets fired by two men on a motorcycle. (El Universal, Cartagena, July 5)

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