On Wednesday 27 March 2019, the indigenous leader Ebel Yonda Ramos was shot dead in a rural area of Puerto Rico, Caquetá. Ebel belonged to the indigenous reservation Nasa, a community which was forcibly displaced by the old Farc in 2010. He was previously the governor of La Gaitana town council and his wife is the current governor of this indigenous reservation.
On many occasions Ebel, together with the Villa Nueva community, denounced the displacement which they were subjected to in 2010 during the armed conflict. Ebel was the indigenous governor when the community was displaced in 2010 and was re-elected as governor in 2016 during the Peace Process, which has gradually allowed inhabitants of the region to return there. Ebel had returned to work his land just one month before his murder.
Marino Ijají, legal representative for the Asociación de Cabildos Indígenas T’Wal, noted that one of the possible motives for his murder was his work on reclaiming this land, which made him one of the visible faces of the town council. Since 2010, the La Gaitana community, who now live in Florencia and Venecia, have preferred not to return to their land, with Ebel being the only one who was gradually returning to the area. Following his death, the community’s fear of returning to their land has increased.
Source: Analisis Urbano