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The War We Are Living. The Struggle of Afro-Colombian Woman

Watch tonight at 10:00 PM on PBS, Clemencia Carabali and Francia Marquez, two Afro-descedant leaders from Colombia, talking about The War We are Living, a fourth of a five-part series "Women War & Peace" produced by PBS. Clemencia and Francia, two warrior woman who are also members of the Proceso de Comunidades Negras, PCN, have been struggling to protect their ancestral lands and communities from plunder, violence and dispossession. This two amazing leaders, identified as military target by paramilitary groups, challenge everyday political, economic and armed forces looking to control their lands and resources, to maintain the self-determination that brought their enslaved ancestors in 1636 to buy with gold obtained from their artisanal mining, the lands to settle in as free people.

"The War We Are Living reports from a mountainous region in Colombia's Pacific southwest, where a gold rush is underway and ruthless militias are terrorizing the local population to force them off their valuable land. The program follows two extraordinary Afro-Colombians, Clemencia Carabali and Francia Marquez, both part of a powerful network of female leaders, as they defy death threats and insist on staying on their land. If they lose the battle, they and thousands of their neighbors will join Colombia's four million people—most of them women and children—who have been uprooted from their homes and livelihoods as a deliberate strategy of war. After Sudan, Colombia has the largest displaced population in the world." (NY Times).

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