CAHUCOPANA (Corporation for Humanitarian Action and Peaceful Coexistence in Northeast Antioquia) is a peasant organization started in 2004 after years of repression from Colombian Armed Forces and Paramilitaries. They host trainings in rural communities to educate people on defending their basic human rights and the struggle for a more dignified life.
Traveling with Macias/ Listening to the Leaders
Mr. Macias is a collaborator,
A farmer, a fighter and a troubadour
A native of Northeast Antioquia
Where land is changing hands.
He relates many stories of the region where little changes in the situation,
Violence continues, with stigmatization, intimidation,
Harassment, threats, displacement and death,
Only the strategy changes, scares and slow is any investigation.
Oh and there is a lot of wealth, gold, oil, wood resources to exploit
But the peasants and small-scale miners – the government does not let them work,
They want them out, charging them with subversion
that they do not meet standards and that their mining is illegal is the “official” version.
Oh how they make strange things up to justify
Development programs from the courts up high
They forget that this beautiful people have been there for years
A place that has seen their birth, growth, laughter and tears.
And they want to justify foreign investment by removing their roof and bread
Knowing that they will loot everything and leave environmental degradation.
Despite the fears, not everyone stays quiet,
They stand in unarmed resistance, seeking peace.
To stay on their land and continue their life goals
CAHUCOPANA provides, promotes and invites,
National and international entities
to defend the human rights of these brave communities.