Posted by: Paula Delgado-Kling | September 15, 2011

Victims’ Law: three families return to their land

Three families from Antioquia department whom paramilitaries chased off their land at gun-point fourteen years ago are the first to return to their farm, with property titles on hand, as a result of the Victims’ Law signed by President Santos last June.

See my previous posts for back-ground on the Victims’ Law:

Victims’ Law: Stolen land to be returned to displaced

Challenges of the Victims’ Law

The Victims’ Law is ambitious. Nothing like it has ever been attempted on any continent.

Santos told the AP he couldn’t estimate how much money his government will be able to dedicate to implementing the Victims’ Law. He is seeking help from the U.S. and the European Union but, given tough fiscal times, he knows he can’t expect much.


  1. Do you think that small farmers returning to their land will have a chance to make a living after the FTA? Can Colombia develop economically in its current direction and still have a surviving small farming sector?

    • Hi:

      I thought about your question, and I wrote a post to address it. Sorry it took some time, but alas, the reply is up on the post for July 20/13 titled “Small farmers after peace deal and after free trade.”
      Thank you,


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