In Colombia’s northwest mountains of Uraba lies a farming community that calls itself the “Peace Community of San Jose de Apartado”.
Led by German Graciano, the community has lived in the midst of conflict for nearly 20 years.
Since it was founded in 1997, more than 300 members of the peace community have been killed either by the FARC, the Colombian army or right-wing paramilitary groups.
In memory of the fallen, Graciano leads his people, including the elderly, women and children, through the mountainous region to pay their respects to slain community members.
It is a risky journey that community members have chosen to embark on as an act of defiance against a hostile right-wing paramilitary group. The Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia, also known as the AGC and Clan del Golfo, is a threat to the Peace Community, having tried and failed to assassinate Graciano.
But Graciano is not the only community leader facing death threats. Others have not been so fortunate. Since the landmark peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC rebels in 2016, more than 700 social leaders have been reported killed across the country.
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