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At around 14:30, an armed man broke into the house of Rosalba Tarazona’s mother-in-law and started shooting at the widow, who died few minutes after.
On Wednesday, the Colombian Institute for the Development and Peace Studies (INDEPAZ) denounced the murder of Rosalba Tarazona, widow of social leader Alvaro Peña who was killed on Tuesday in a rural area of the Tame municipality in the Arauca department.
At around 14:30, an armed man broke into the house of Tarazona’s mother-in-law in the Saravena municipality and started shooting at the widow, who died minutes after.
The Arauca Police Department already started preliminary investigations with the Prosecutor’s Office to find and prosecute the crime’s perpetrators, whose identity remain unknown.
Although Arauca is one of the most militarized zones in the country, at least 27 citizens have been murdered, 57 families have been displaced, and 50 people have disappeared since Jan. 3 in this department.
A 14-year-old Indigenous activist in Colombia was killed after reportedly being ambushed while protecting Indigenous land.
At least 145 rights defenders in the country were killed in 2021, says a govt count, including Indigenous leaders, farmers & union organizers.
Most of these crimes are due to the disputes among paramilitary groups, which extort the population to gain new territories for drug trafficking and illegal mining activities. The Voragine outlet Director Jose Guarnizo condemned that President Ivan Duque’s administration is responsible for this situation since it has not done much to prevent or counteract it.
"The violence increasing in the Arauca department has counted on the indolence of a government that only serves for shows,” he stressed.
Over the last week, Colombian citizens took to the streets to demand that the State make effective investments to support communities and establish “humanitarian corridors,” which are demilitarized zones intended to allow the safe transit of internally displaced people out of a conflict area.
"Our country’s situation breaks sour hearts. We must change our system as soon as possible. Otherwise, much more blood will be shed,” the Comunes party said, stressing that the mission of every State is to protect its citizens above all.