The Naya region suffered the worst massacres in the history of conflict in Colombia.
Last November 2015, 52 Afro-Colombians communities from this region received the titling of around 178,000 hectares of land, which has been historically inhabited. Today 3,780 families are legal owners of their collective territories; their tenure rights have been finally recognized.
Piedad Echeverry, local official of Incoder, says ”after the massacre of 2001, we tried to reconstruct the social structure among indigenous and afro-descendant communities. We started to forgive each other in a peaceful manner, knowing that the territory was no more a matter of conflict and that the government was there to guide us, in this process.”
During the event "Cultivando saberes, hilando culturas, tejiendo paz”, 1 000 Afro-Colombian and indigenous men and women received collectively land titles. Rodrigo Castillo, community leader in the Naya region, says "land titling is an act of justice and the guarantee that our community can develop without fear, in the land that has been ours for centuries."
"I feel a great emotion; I never thought I would have this land title in my proper hands. The nayeros spirit is with us, we can now make use of our territory without fear of losing it again" says Lorenza Angulo, a community leader in the naya region.