Columbia in the news - not a clear picture

Orthographic map of Colombia centered at 5° N, 73° W; taken from Wikimedia
Orthographic map of Colombia centered at 5° N, 73° W; taken from Wikimedia © Uploaded by Addicted04 on Wikipedia, and licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

The 10th anniversary of the massacre at the Peace Community of San Jose de Apartado just happened 2 weeks ago, and the media is giving us a completely different impression from the reports we have received from people in this rural area. Kenneth Clarke (MP) came back last week from a trade mission and journey to Columbia, and he said 'There are huge opportunities for both Colombian business in the UK and UK businesses in Colombia'; also according to the Telegraph he believes that Columbia had 'overcome many of its security issues during the past two decades', and finally he stated: 'This is not some sort of south American wild west where a few British people exist. It could not be further away from that. It is one of the most successful emerging market big countries.'

Also, the NY Times reported yesterday in a short article titled 'Hope for Colombia’s Peace Process', that the country is on a road to a more peaceful situation. Sadly, our previous post giving English translations of reports from people living in the Peace Community (see at https://www.amnesty.org.uk/groups/north-hertfordshire/10th-anniversary-massacre-community-peace-san-jose-de-apartado) tell a different story. Let's hope that the reported situation in the media will soon become reality for the citizens in San Jose de Apartado.

(CG)

 

 

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