Critical situation in Ituango

CSR and Social, Regulation & Policy    Aug 2, 2021 7:56 PM

The Inspector General warned that the municipality of Ituango (Antioquia) is experiencing the largest forced displacement in the history of the department of Antioquia.

The entity said that more than 4,000 inhabitants have been forced to leave their villages by armed criminal groups.

The Mayor of Ituango, Edwin Mira told La FM that this unfortunate situation suffered by the municipality is due to the fact that it is in the middle of the dispute between the dissidents of the FARC, the Clan del Golfo, the Aguilas Negras and other illegal armed groups for drug trafficking.

Mira said that this tragic situation is a daily occurrence for the farmers, who are intimidated to leave their homes in rural areas and forced to move to the urban center. However, he attributed this massive forced displacement to FARC dissidents.

“Since Wednesday, FARC dissidents, led by the commander alias Camilo, have threatened several farmers, telling them to retreat to the urban center,” Mira explained.

The mayor said that the FARC dissidents have not retaliated against the people who decided to stay in their villages and not give up their land so far.

Mira said that the farmers were also displaced in 2020 and they tried to recover what they lost during year, but again they are displaced from their land and have to start from scratch.

Bottom-Line: Authorities must be present quickly in this region to solve this difficult situation for the population.

The government must join forces with local authorities to guarantee security in the area quickly.

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