I joined with over 200 community members and international activists in a walk through the rainforests of Colombia. We walked in the steps of the community members who had fled 15 years before in the wake of Operation Genesis.
Operation Genesis was a military mission that bombed these rural communities to forcibly remove from the land. After bombing the communities the para-military forces came in and tortured, murdered, and disappeared people simply attempting to flee their destroyed homes and lands.
In honor of the fifteen year anniversary we joined with the survivors to learn of their lives now and the struggles to keep the land, to return to the land, to receive justice, and the ongoing process of remembering and honoring those who were killed.
We walked beneath the spread of ancient trees – singing birds – and the burning blue of a Colombia sky to three separate communities: Andalucia, Nueva Esperanza, and Santa Rose Limon.
Click on the picture above to enjoy more photos of this journey and these communities.