A couple of blogs ago I mentioned that the village of La Esperanza was facing some heavy pressure from the illegal armed groups (paramilitaries) in the zone. La Esperanza has always had to contend with guerrilla presence, and since the 1990's with paramilitary and military presence as well. In recent weeks, this pressure has become particularity scary with combats, paramilitary entrances and food blockades.
FOR is joining Amnesty international and other international Human rights organizations is responding to these events by organizing an email campaign to the US embassy in Colombia. The US embassy is particularly powerful in its ability to influence what topics become important in Colombian politics. We aklreayd met the US Human Rights attache yesterday and she has agreed to make some calls to ensure that the right people are aware of the violence occurring. If we can get enough emails to the ambassadors mail box, it would go a long way in getting the Colombian government to take appropriate action to protect the people of La Esperanza.
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