Every June 2, Marta Cecilia Domicó, indigenous to the Embera Katío community, wondered where he would take the flowers he received in honor of his father’s memory.
Victims of the Colombian armed conflict often bear not only the pain of uprooting, loss, displacement or any violent act, they also bear the burden of not knowing what happened. The years leave them more questions than answers and the wounds, ‘really hungry’, they take time to heal.
Marta Cecilia Domicó managed to imagine that one day Salvatore Mancuso, the former head of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, would answer his questions one by one.
The last meeting they had was at a hearing in 2007, within the framework of the Justice and Peace Law. However, that day he returned without answers, without truth, because he could not speak directly to him.
19 years later, through the Truth Commission, the daughter of the indigenous leader Kimy Pernía Domicó managed to hold a conversation with Mancuso. The questions were on the table. She sat next to another woman in an environment surrounded by candles and in front of a cell phone on speakerphone, eager to know the truth, she dispatched herself.
“Good morning, Mancuso. I am the daughter of Kimy Pernía. Today I hear your words, your voice and now we are communicatingor, how nice it is, because in 2007 I was in a hearing and I couldn’t speak to you directly, but I heard your message and here I have been waiting for the answer since 2001 ”.
Mancuso said that he had wanted to talk to her, with his family and the community for a long time; but he indicated that the Attorney General’s Office did not allow them to have direct conversations with the victims.
At the beginning, in the framework of the meeting ‘Indigenous Peoples in Situation and Risk of Physical and Cultural Extermination: Their Dignity, Resistance and Contributions to Peace’, which took place this Friday, he offered forgiveness “with all his heart” to the indigenous Colombians, especially the Embera Katío and the Kimy Pernía family.
This leader, assassinated in 2001, repeatedly fought for Mother Earth. Your toughest ‘battle’, and perhaps one of the most decisive for his death to assault him on June 2 of that year was the opposition to the construction of the Urrá hydroelectric plant.
In 1995, Pernía Domicó organized the Do Wambura (Goodbye river), a mobilization of a thousand indigenous people from the Karagabí Reservation to Lorica in order to protest against the project and demand that the company dialogue with the natives.
But years later, two of his comrades were killed and he fled to Bogotá. However, in 2001 he was disappeared and his murder was subsequently confirmed.
In Tierralta, Córdoba, the Urrá Hydroelectric Plant remains, supplied mainly by the Sinú River and its tributaries, which originate in the Paramillo National Natural Park.