Colombians are being kept off their farms by armed groups and illegal businesses. Those fighting for land restitution have a blunt message for British firms and politicians
If we all keep our mouths shut, the impunity will go on and on and on; there will never be justice. It’s a risk we have to take. We know that we’ve all got to die sooner or later. And that’s OK. That’s the decision I’ve made.
Yomaira Mendoza is a leader of a land rights movement that claims the restitution of lands for the communities of Curbaradó in the Uraba region in Colombia. Since 2005, lands right defenders have been victims of multiple threats and intimidations by illegal occupants of communal lands and neo-paramilitary groups of the region.