Some 25,000 people disappear in Colombia over 20 years
Columbia suffers from drug related violence and it causes killing of hundreds of innocent citizens. Deep violence has been brought by drugs trade and it also led to a virtual civil war and widespread violence.
After independe from its Spanish conquerors in 1819 and since then been governed by either the Conservatives or the Liberals except for a brief period of military rule. The situation took a turn for the worse with Columbia becoming one of the main international centers for drug production and trafficking and it seemed that there were periods when the country was more under the control of drug cartels like the Medillin and Cali, which were organize during the 1970s and 1980s. Now this report says that more than 25000 people have disappeared in last two decade.
Some 25,000 people disappeared in Colombia over the past 20 years in incidents related to the internal armed conflict that has affected the country for over four decades, the Attorney General's Office has said.
Office representative Luis Gonzalez told Colombian radio network Caracol on Wednesday that the department has received 17,000 formal complaints of disappearances in the past 16 months alone, most of them involving the extreme-right paramilitary groups.
Gonzalez, director of the office's Justice and Peace Unit, said many relatives file their complaints in the hope of recovering the bodies of their loved ones, since they assume they have been killed.
The official noted that the attorney general's investigation points to the paramilitaries as the faction that has resorted the most to forced disappearances of people, but leftist guerrillas, drug gangs and other common criminal gangs have also committed that crime.
Several former members of paramilitary groups who have demobilized following negotiations with the government have told Gonzalez and his assistants the coordinates of the places where scores of victims were buried in mass graves.
In the most recent exhumation of bones Aug 26, the remains of 22 people were found in a rural area in Turbo, in the province of Antioquia. They had been massacred by the paramilitaries.