More than 500 leaders of victims from all over the country will come to Bogota on Wednesday to commemorate the victims of Latin America’s longest conflict.
The 50-year-old Colombia’s armed conflict has left the country over 200,000 dead, 60.000 disappeared and 3.8 million left homeless to name some of the victims of the conflict.
Colombia has been celebrating April 9 as National Victim’s Day since President Santos designated the day in 2011. The National Victim’s Day was created to remember, recognize and compensate all those who fell victims to the guerrillas, paramilitaries and the state.
FACT SHEET: Disappearances in Colombia (stats / map)
FACT SHEET: Colombia displacement statistics
Bogota will welcome leaders of the victims on the 9th and the 10th of April, days dedicated to their commemoration and recognition through a series of events attended by Colombia’s officials.
|“The Congress will gather together in the National Capitol to listen to the victims and remember the pain and the loss caused by more than 50 years of conflict”|
“The Congress will gather together in the National Capitol to listen to the victims and remember the pain and the loss caused by more than 50 years of conflict,” said the President of the Congress, Juan Fernando Cristo.
On Thursday, a delegation of victims will also meet two peace activists from Israel and Palestine as an example of reconciliation.
The private sector will also be part of the events and a group of entrepreneurs will discuss the role of the private sector in the reconciliation process.
- Más de 500 líderes de víctimas se toman Bogotá para decirle no a la guerra (Colombian Senate Website)
- Más de 500 líderes de víctimas marcharán por Bogotá para rechazar la guerra (Radio Sante Fe)
- Estadísticas del conflicto armado en Colombia (Center for Historical Memory)