Posted by: Paula Delgado-Kling | April 23, 2013

Chocó: forced recruitment, illegal gold mining, cocaine industry.

Government soldiers rescued five indigenous minors who’d been recruited by the ELN in Profundó, in the municipality of Tadó in Chocó department. The Ministry of Family Welfare said the recruitment of minors in Chocó is an emergency situation.

Chocó is one of the most remote regions in the world. Its population is indigenous and Afro-Colombians.

Guerrillas, paramilitaries and the bacrim (neo-paramilitaries) seek control of the land for illegal gold mining and the cocaine industry. In December 2012, violence uprooted and displaced seventy indigenous families from their land in Tadó. About 350 indigenous refugees were surviving in uninhabitable conditions in the nearby small towns.

Sadly, because of the illegal gold mining and the cocaine industry, Chocó is under an environmental threat.

Look at photos of town life in Tadó here.

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