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A widow at a mass held by displaced families in memory of the victims from theircommunity on the eve of their return journey to Cacarica, from where they were displaced by a joint Colombian military & paramilitary offensive three years previously. Their return marked the founding of the Peace Community of Cacarica. The Peace Communities are a strategy to allow civilian communities to remain on their lands which are in conflict zones. All their members pledge neutrality in the conflict, which means not collaborating with any armed grouping, including the State military forces. This policy of neutrality has often made the communities' members targets of the Army and paramilitary groups, who accuse the communities of collaborating with the guerrillas.

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Genesis - The War Came to El Chocó
A widow at a mass held by displaced families in memory of the victims from theircommunity on the eve of their return journey to Cacarica, from where they were displaced by a joint Colombian military & paramilitary offensive three years previously. Their return marked the founding of the Peace Community of Cacarica. The Peace Communities are a strategy to allow civilian communities to remain on their lands which are in conflict zones. All their members pledge neutrality in the conflict, which means not collaborating with any armed grouping, including the State military forces. This policy of neutrality has often made the communities' members targets of the Army and paramilitary groups, who accuse the communities of collaborating with the guerrillas.