17 people of the Awa tribe were killed by an armed group in the remote jungle region of Narino, says the U.N. High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). It also says that Columbia should investigate this attack on it’s indigenous people, and says the Awa’s are at threat of becoming the 88th indigenous Colombian tribe on the brink of extinction due to violence.
Local Governor Antonio Navarro plans to send an investigating commission, although fact finding will be a feat due to instability in the southwestern part of the jungle, where the conflict occurred.
Navarro and Awa leaders have planted landmines to keep army advances at bay.
The Awa community ( approximately 21,000 people) is based in Narino, which is in the center of Marxist Guerrilla controlled US-Mexican drug trafficking grounds.
Reportedly, unconfirmed sources say the armed group, who they identify as FARC, murdered the Awa tribes members after accusing tribe members of allying with the Colombian army.