EFE – At least one third of Colombia’s indigenous communities are threatened with extinction, says the Rights Observatory for Colombia’s Indigenous Peoples, or ADPI.
Living in Spain, Colombian activists, Juan Manuel Avila, told EFE that Colombia’s indigenous population is based on the principles of “balance among living creatures, harmony, give-and-take, and defense of the common good.” Avila says Colombia’s indigenous population is about 1.5 million.
Avila said these people are living through a “humanitarian crisis, due chiefly to the armed conflict” between the Colombian government and the guerillas.
Threat of kidnapping endangers their way of life.
Avila says what the indigenous want is to be “”left out of the conflict and their lands demilitarized.”
Colombia’s indigenous have not been invited to take part in the peace negotiations between the government and the guerillas.