DISPOSSESION IN URABÁ
Bogota and Medellin, Colombia
Museo de la Memoria
Vea, a mí me tocó ir a Lorica, allá… a pasar tormentos; yo, de tanto pasar tormentos, yo dije: Yo me voy para atrás [a Tulapas], así me maten. Porque, el susto no tiene pantalón. Uno, del miedo, queda psicosiado y… y, por eso, es que muchos que hemos retornado y que son víctimas, y que sabemos que muchos son víctimas, todavía es fecha que tienen temor de ir a dar las declaraciones allá.
VÍCTIMA DEL CONFLICTO. TULAPAS, 2017
Look, I had to go to Lorica... I suffered so much there that I said: I'm going back [to Tulapas], even if they they kill me. Because, fear has no pants. Fear traumatizes, thus many of us who have returned and who are victims, and who know that many are victims, still today are scared to testified.
VICTIM OF THE CONFLICTO. TULAPAS, 2017
Urabá is an isolated part of the Colombian territory. Since the early 1950´s it´s population has been victim of enormous massacres, forced displacement and dispossession of land. This timeline was commissioned by El Museo de Memoria Histórica to visualize these dynamics.
Through the voices of the victims of the conflict, this timeline intends to expose patterns of dispossession of land. The isolated communities, underserved by the government suffered years of combats between left-wing guerilla groups (FARC and ELN), right-wing paramilitary groups and Colombian military. As a result, many had to run for their lives. After almost all towns where abandoned as a result of forced displacement, the agro industry elite supported by right wing paramilitary groups irregularly bought land. Now some have return, without any governmental support, and had have to re-construct their lives facing new social tensions with new comers who are employee by the agro industry companies.
Photos Courtesy Museo de la Memoria