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Colombia: 170,000 black, indigenous people are at risk of violence, displacement, recruitment into criminal groups, and abductions in main Colombia port, Buenaventura, says National Ombudsman’s office

“Body Parts are Washing Up on the Shores of This Colombian City”, 18 February 2021

.....These sorts of stories are part of daily life in the majority Afro-Colombian city. Three people have been killed or disappeared daily, and conflict between organized crime has displaced as many as 6,000 people. Videos on Twitter show people fleeing their homes and young men and women patrolling with assault weapons. #SOSbuenaventura has been trending. Buenaventura is a city of paradoxes. While more than half of the country’s international trade enters and leaves this port, many of the roughly 400,000 residents live in poverty with precarious access to water and an unemployment rate of around thirty percent. While the port has expanded after multiple free trade agreements, the local population has suffered endemic violence for generations as guerilla and paramilitary groups have disputed control of this city, whose location on the specific coast make it strategic for both legal commerce and drug trafficking...Particularly horrific are the “chop houses,” the name given by locals to places that paramilitary groups take victims to dismember them in an effort to cover their tracks...A report from the National Ombudsman’s office (a government human rights watchdog)...said that 170,000 people are at risk of violence, displacement, recruitment into criminal groups, and abductions…