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Indigenous people leave Bogota’s park

Indigenous people leave Bogota’s park

Bogota, May 13 (Prensa Latina) The communities of different indigenous peoples from Colombia that settled in inhospitable conditions at the National Park of Bogota for eight months completely left this place after reaching an agreement with the capital's authorities.
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In a move that lasted a week, most of them were relocated in a building downtown adapted by the mayor’s office, but waiting for the return to their territories in the departments of Choco and Risaralda.

During the eight months that these indigenous people lived in the park, including children, pregnant women and elderly people, they survived in nylon tents with water limitations. They cooked with firewood and suffered the rigor of Bogota’s cold weather and rains.

According to the capital’s district, before settling down in this area, it allocated 9.1 billion pesos (some 2,213,248 dollars) to health care, food, education and activities for women and senior citizens.

In order to reach an agreement, a dialogue table between representatives of the embera people, authorities of Bogota’s mayor’s office, the Ministry of Interior and a Unit for the Victims was set.

The Truth Commission mediated in the talks alongside the Ombudsman’s Office, the Attorney General’s Office, the Ministry of the Interior and Bogota’s authorities.

They agreed on a plan to vindicate their rights, including the involvement in the indigenous public policy that the district will start in the coming days and the opening of spaces for its intervention.

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