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Nearly a Third of Indigenous Groups in Colombia Threatened with Extinction

Agencia EFE
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April 21, 2014
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Colin Firth and Survival International: Save the Awà People (Survival International)

At least 34 of the more than 100 native ethnicities and indigenous communities living in Colombia are going through a "humanitarian crisis" and are threatened with extinction, according to the Autonomy and Rights Observatory for Colombia's Indigenous Peoples, or ADPI.

A Colombian activist at the Observatory, Juan Manuel Avila, living in Barcelona, Spain, told Efe that Colombia's indigenous population totals almost 1.5 million and their lifestyle is based on the principles of "balance among living creatures, harmony, give-and-take, and defense of the common good."

But 34 of these peoples see their way of life endangered and live under the threat of their kind disappearing, as the Colombian Constitutional Court recognized in 2009. Since then, things have only gotten worse, Avila said.

ADPI is an association of organizations and individuals who work in Barcelona to defend the human rights and collectives of Colombian Indians.

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