May
31
2018

Collective Reparation Plan was formalized in the black community of Timbiquí, Cauca

With this Comprehensive Collective Reparation Plan (PIRC) it is expected to contribute to the recovery of the social fabric of 11 communities that are part of Renacer Negro Community Council.

Amparo Garcés Aragón, community leader of Renacer Negro territory, of Santa María de Timbiquí village, remembers how in her childhood she enjoyed the crystalline rivers, family sharing and the imposing nature that surrounded her. Today she is 63 years old and she says that these marvels are slowly coming to an end due to illegal mining in this area of Cauca Pacific coast.

"There were very nice places where we met to hold some kind of celebration, but since the backhoes and coca came, armed groups began to arrive to take care of those things, which threatened our culture, tranquility and our ancestral territory," she said.

Therefore, the Victims Unit reached the Cauca Pacific coast, within the framework of Decree Law 4635 of 2011, to formalize the prior consultation process of the Comprehensive Collective Reparation Plan (PIRC).

The Plan has 20 actions and its main objective is recovery of the agricultural vocation of the territory and the revitalization of cultural practices that were diminished by the presence of armed actors and mining.

Edwar Herrera Pinillo, legal representative of Community Council Renacer Negro, states that "although repairing a territory is almost impossible, as this will not return our dead, the important thing is to begin to rebuild the social fabric, which is why we are going to carry out a macro project that is a farm, with which we hope to strengthen agricultural training within our territory”.

The PIRC has three components: political, symbolic and material, which focus on satisfaction, guarantees of non-repetition, compensation, restitution and rehabilitation.

According to territorial director of Victims Unit in Cauca department, Jorge Arturo Vásquez Pino, these measures agreed upon and approved by the community, include compensation of 471 legal monthly minimum wages in force. "This is the first documented Reparation Plan for a collective subject of black communities in Cauca department", Vásquez said.

The community decided to invest this compensation in the strengthening of its productive initiatives, which will contribute to the generation of income and the food security of the population.

The PIRC protocol for Renacer Negro was attended by officials of Ministry of Interior, who fulfilled the role of guarantors in this process. Likewise, representatives of the United Nations Organization, the Government of Cauca, SENA and the Colombian Family Welfare Institute (ICBF) participated.