Overcoming the fear of those who kill without consequence …

“I don’t know what made me overcome the fear. I don’t know what strength God gave me, to take on such powerful people, but I did,” said Gustavo Arrieta, who at the age of 19 was elected leader of his Colombian community which defied paramilitaries and moved back to land lost during battles between paramilitaries and guerrillas.
Despite threats and violence (including the murder of Arrieta´s own brother), members of the community of Carmen de Bolívar in the department of Sucre continue building homes. The interview with Gustavo Arrieta and his community’s attempt to recover lands lost in conflict is in Spanish, but there is plenty of powerful material in the English-language pages of Movice, Movimiento Nacional de Víctimas de Crímenes de Estado at the attached link. Members of the community and Movice founder Ivan Cepeda received more death threats in mid-March.


“No sé que me hizo superar el miedo, no sé qué fuerza me dio dios, para metérmele a esa gente tan poderosa, pero lo hice.” Eso dijo Gustavo Arrieta, en una entrevista con Movice, Movimiento Nacional de Víctimas de Crímenes de Estado. Ese hombre era seleccionado como lider de la comunidad El Carmen de Bolívar con la edad de 19. A pesar de las amenazas, los peligros y el asesinato de su propio hermano, Arrieta y la gente del comunidad continuan a construir casas y vidas nuevas.
Para leer más por favor visita:

O busca para el reporte

Movimiento de Víctimas de Crímenes de Estado (Movice): Revista en Movida, No. 5, noviembre – diciembre de 2012

(El Español mio, obviamente no es perfecta. Si tiene sugerencias son bienvenidas. Gracias, David.)


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About Connecting Colombias

Recently retired newspaper reporter with one foot in British Columbia, Canada, the other in Colombia, South America. Fascinated with Colombian culture, Canadian connections, and heroic efforts to return millions of displaced Colombians to lands stolen by paramilitaries, guerrillas and organized crime.

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