Juan Paulino Moreno, Lizardo Acevedo, Tirso Moreno and Luciano Vallecillo from La Playita were found in a shallow grave near the Chocó village on the Pacific coast. Their death followed a number of other civilian murders that have been occurring in the region. The past six weeks thirteen civilians were found murdered in the region.
According to El Tiempo, the trouble in this region is due to the war being waged between the Águilas Negras and Los Rastrojos, gangs of drug traffickers that work for the Norte del Valle cartel, that recently moved their illicit crops to the south of Choco, an area where also the FARC is very active.
The 94 displaced, more than half of the total of 170 heads La Playita counts, arrived in the town of Litoral del San Juan, close to Buenaventura, Valle del Cauca, where they are sheltered in the municipal youth center.”They left the village practically empty, because of the fear,” a government official said.