This is how the International Week of the Disappeared Detainee was commemorated in Quibdó

This is how the International Week of the Disappeared Detainee was commemorated in Quibdó
This is how the International Week of the Disappeared Detainee was commemorated in Quibdó

During the activity, the students captured, through paper butterflies, messages of hope highlighting persistence, struggle, perseverance and support for families experiencing this victimizing event.

More than 128,000 people have been victims of confinement in the last seven years

The Victims Unit and the Search Unit for Persons Reported as Missing (UBPD) held a pedagogical and awareness-raising day with students from the Rogerio Velásquez Educational Institution in Quibdó, within the framework of the commemoration of the International Week of Missing Detainees.

Disappeared detainee is understood as people who literally disappear from among their loved ones and their community when state agents (or with the consent of the State) arrest them on the street or in their home and then deny it or refuse to say where. they find each other.

This space was opened with the harmonization carried out by Yaila Mena, leader of the Pacific Route of Women, who at its opening spoke about how important it is not to let the light of hope go out, to continue moving towards collective work, towards the achievement of the peace so longed for by the Chocó people and closed his speech by inviting those present to accompany the families of the disappeared detainees in their tireless search and healing process.

Each entity spoke about the work being carried out with the victims, but, above all, about the psychosocial support that they can access, always indicating the will to support the families who continue in the search for their loved ones and those who live the stage of grief.

During the meeting, it was emphasized that it is important for students to become multipliers of the information received and the messages they were able to hear from the victims present in that space.

“This pedagogical exercise, with children and adolescents, allowed us to tell them that the Victims Unit has an emotional recovery program, both individual and group, in which families who are experiencing this process are supported. Also, tell them that as an entity we recognize the importance of the role of women and people-seeking groups, without them, this effort and this institutional work would not be possible,” said María Fernanda Angulo, territorial director of the Chocó Victims Unit.

A play performed by teachers and students of the educational establishment was also presented, which made it possible to relive situations faced by households that have suffered this event, telling the story of pain but also highlighting the resilience of the families that have suffered this scourge. .

For his part, the intervention of Ramiro Rodríguez, from the Quibdó Victims’ Effective Participation Table, was focused on making a historical account of this victimizing event and at the same time highlighted the importance of this space, since the young participants will be the next professionals and they may be the multipliers of the rights that victims can access.

The messages written by the students remain in memory, where the phrases were focused on expressing to the family members, that they be strong in the situation of disappearance, that they do not lose hope and that there are no more missing people, because “they are not alone.” in the search for those detained and missing.

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