Yomaira Mendoza and Enrique Cabezas are land rights defenders from north west Colombia, forced into exile in August 2014 due to threats against them.
- Stop investing in Colombian blood: land activists appeal to the UK, by Sam Jones, Guardian, 10th November 2014.
For more information the following three articles were written by British journalists who met Yomaira and other defenders in Colombia in 2014:
- Meet the women who fear for their lives every day, By Aly Walsh, 12th May 2014. This article in the Derby Telegraph focuses on Yomaira’s story and also the story of Ledis Tuiran Gonzalez from the humanitarian zone of Caño Manso where PBI accompanies from time to time.
- ‘Don’t think you are safe’ By Thomas Mortensen, 24th September 2014. This blog in the New Internationalist focuses on Yomaira’s story and the current peace negotiations in Cuba.
- One woman’s fight for justice By Graeme Hetherington, 13th May 2014. This article in the Northern Echo focuses on Yomaira’s story.
For even more detailed information about the circumstances which caused the forced exile of Yomaira and Enrique please see the following two news articles. In addition, they both cover the context of the north western region of Colombia, the mass forced displacement in the late 1990s caused by the army and paramilitaries, the subsequent occupation of the land by powerful individuals and businesses, the organised returns & formation of humanitarian zones, the murder of a number of land claimants, the case of the Cacarica community in Chocó, the implementation of the Victims Law and the Land Restitution process and the work of Father Alberto from the Inter-church Justice and Peace Commission:
- Colombia: ’Why did they kill my son, take my husband away?’ By Caroline O’Doherty, 12th May 2014. This article in the Irish Examiner also recounts the continuing challenges faced by the returned families, the relevance of the peace talks to the region and the effects of the drug trade.
- Waiting for the promised land By Madeleine Davies, 8th May 2014. This article in the Church Times also mentions some of the successes achieved by the communities and human rights organisations accompanied by PBI.