|Bojayá's destroyed church, in which 119 people died.|
Photo: Victimas del Terrorismo
Suddenly, a home-made FARC bomb launched landed on the church roof, killing 119 people and injuring more than 60. The victims, impoverished Afro-Colombians, were just the kind of people whom the guerrillas claim to be fighting for.
Bojayá was the worst atrocity in Colombia's half-century of armed conflict; but, tragically, it did not bring any shift in that conflict.
A decade on, the violence continues, particularly in rural regions, Bojayá is still devastated, and the guerrillas continue launching home-made bombs, despite condemnations by human rights organizations. Just two days ago, a FARC bomb killed a family in the town of Puerto Rico in Caquetá Department, El Tiempo reported.
|Posters placed by Afro-Colombian demonstrators ask: 'Do you know where Bojayá is?'|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours