The government of Colombia’s capital city of Bogota announced on Wednesday the investment of more than $500,000 in housing for 95 displaced indigenous families to facilitate their relocation.
Bogota’s district government, in partnership with a number of organizations, has invested the money to facilitate the relocation of the aforementioned families to the municipalities of Mistrato and Pueblo Rico in Risaralda department, in the country’s west.
“The District Government assumes the rights of victims of armed conflict, promote their economic, political and social inclusion, recognize their needs and recover their strong ancestral relationship with the land and their territory,” said Maria Mercedes Maldonado Copello, Bogota’s habitat secretary.
The indigenous families are from the Embera Chami and Kato communities, traditionally located in the department of Choco in the country’s west, on the Pacific coast, and also in the department of Risaralda. Forced displacement led them to flee to Bogota, where they had resorted to the sale of handicrafts to support themselves.