LOS AMIGOS DE LA CASA DE LA MEMORIA
Tumaco is the Colombian municipality most affected by coca cultivation : it is also known as « the world capital of cocaine ». Today, the situation in Tumaco is worse than ever. In addition to the consequences of the internal conflict, the area also goes through a humanitarian crisis, with half of the population living with unsatisfied basics needs ! This context inevitably facilitates the exercise of illegal activities.
In 2017, the war between armed groups that fight for the control of the area killed 222 persons , around 46% more than the previous year. Within the first two weeks of this year, 14 persons have already been killed in Tumaco. Structural issues are at the core of the problem. In addition, the military response is inadequate and an effecient governmental intervention is urgently necessary.
During the 3 months that I have spent in Tumaco, I have had the opportunity to meet some of the victims in the areas most affected. Among them are survivors who have been directly affected by the conflict with the loss of loved one(s). All people interviewed have different stories, but share the same dream of a peaceful life. Through their testimonies and their collaboration of the memory, they directly participate in forging peace in the area.
LA MARCHA POR LA PAZ
"La marcha por la paz " in Tumaco is the first activity of the "Week for the Peace".This type of walk for peace exists at the national level, but in Tumaco the symbolism is strong. Effectively, the municipality has the highest murder rate in the country and, since the peace accord, the situation is worst than never. In 2017, we count already more than 170 murders in Tumaco. During this walk the population stops to be afraid, commemorating the loss of all the victims and screaming their desire for peace!