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Columbia: Medellin takes to urban farming to heal memories of war

Friday, March 3, 2017 7:11
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Leader of Agro Arte “El AKA” (Image: Richard Kelleher) Click on image for larger file.

“You could say that Colombia is a huge mass grave. There are so many people who have waited for so long to see their loved ones, and they’ve never appeared. It’s a denial of the pain when you can’t even bury them.”

By Richard Kelleher
Columbia Reports
February 24, 2017
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Parts of Colombia’s second largest urban center, Medellin, have taken to the most rural activity possible, agriculture, in an attempt to recognize the memories of war while restoring the social fabric necessary for peace.

For the past 15 years, an urban farming initiative named “AgroArte” (Agrarian Art) has brought new life to the 13th district of San Javier, once the epicenter of Medellin’s urban conflict.

In 2002, San Javier served as the battleground for “Operation Orion”, a four-day military offensive against leftist militias positioned in the area that effectively installed state-loyal militias.

The mission was implemented by then-newly elected president Alvaro Uribe, and while initially deemed a success by some, it is considered one of the neighborhood’s most traumatic events in recent history.

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