Caritas Reports 3 Slain in Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia, JULY 17, 2011 ( Three people collaborating with Caritas member organizations in Colombia have been killed this month, a reflection of the violence that persists in the region.

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The Diocese of Montelibano reported the July 2 death of Jorge Herrera, a collaborator in the local Caritas.

It also reported the July 5 killing of Elías Domicó, a member of one the indigenous groups of the region. He was active with the Embera Community, supported by the Aporpaz Project of Social Ministry, sponsored by Misereor Germany. And the death of Emergida del Carmen Fuentes Hernández, also of the indigenous of the region, and a participant in a project with Caritas Germany for victims and vulnerable peoples.

In a communiqué, the diocesan Caritas stated that “these events, which have caused fear, uncertainty, pain and despair in rural and urban communities, are the most concrete manifestation of the violence that persists in the south of the region of Cordoba and which has caused all kinds of violations of human rights.”

The aid ministry nevertheless reiterated its intention to continue “in its mission as Church, supporting and strengthening — in the light of the Word of God and the social teaching of the Church — the communities suffering the brunt of violence of this region.”

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