Land or Death: Colombia’s Indigenous Land Wars

by Beckypublished on 8th June 2022

How an Indigenous grandmother combats Colombia’s most dangerous armed groups.

Celia Umenza is one of the highest-ranking members of an Indigenous civilian defence force in the dangerous Cauca region.

Colombia has become one of the world’s deadliest places for land rights defenders since a power vacuum emerged after the government signed a historic peace agreement with FARC rebels. Now a grandmother, Celia longs to rebuild her troubled relationship with her family. But violence has returned to the area.

When a close comrade is assassinated, Celia is forced to mobilise her community as the Indigenous guard prepares for retaliation.

‘Land or Death’ is by Sebastian Pena and Jesper Klemedsson Sotomayor.

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