The body of community leader Gabriel Alfonso Correa Chavestan was found with several gunshot wounds by members of the community of the municipality of Sacama, on the border between Arauca and Casanare.
According to reports received, his family had heard nothing from him since the evening of Wednesday 13 March 2019. His body was found the next morning on the side of the road, close to where he normally left his motor cycle before going to work in his fields.
Alfonso had worked for three years as president of the board of the village La Cabuya in the municipality of Tame.”The only information we have is from the federation of local committees that the representative of the village of La Cabuya, Alfonso Correa, was killed,” said Régulo Correa, a local community leader.
Social leaders in the department have warned that there are continuous threats against community leaders in the area and have asked for protection from the Government. Alfonso himself had received previous threats the year before and had asked for official protection, a request that was still being processed at the time of his murder.
“In our municipality there are seven presidents, both men and women, who are at the head of community action boards and who are all at risk,” he added. A delegation from the office of the local Ombudsman has been sent to the area and local officials have organised the removal of the body.